Albany restaurant not affected by recent recalls

Albany restaurant not affected by recent recalls
Randall Bayne is the General Manager of BJ's Country Buffet 2.
Randall Bayne is the General Manager of BJ's Country Buffet 2.
The romaine lettuce recall was treated with high priority at Bj's Country Buffet. (Source: WALB)
The romaine lettuce recall was treated with high priority at Bj's Country Buffet. (Source: WALB)
The restaurant will use other egg products instead of the infected eggs. (Source: WALB)
The restaurant will use other egg products instead of the infected eggs. (Source: WALB)
Bj's Country Buffet has been serving food for nearly 15 years and has two locations. (Source: WALB)
Bj's Country Buffet has been serving food for nearly 15 years and has two locations. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - People across the country are on edge, after egg and romaine lettuce recalls.

Restaurants here in South Georgia have even posted signs, warning customers of the E. Coli outbreak tracked to romaine lettuce from a certain part of Arizona.

The manager of BJ's Country Buffet in Albany said when they heard about both egg and lettuce recalls, they put the safety of their customers as a high priority.

For this restaurant, that meant changing some recipes.

"It's very good that they took precautionary measures and that we have some healthy food," said Norman Hannibal, an Albany Resident.

Norman Hannibal said he's been eating at BJ's Country Buffet Restaurant for nearly 15 years.

When he heard about a massive egg recall due to salmonella, and romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona leading to E. Coli outbreaks, he knew the restaurant would take the proper action for his safety.

"Just to be on the safe side, as soon as we saw the recall, Betsy actually deposed of all we had left, which luckily wasn't very much in the store at that time. But it was subject to the recall," said Randall Bayne, General Manager.

Normally restaurants get a notice from suppliers if a product could be infected.

However, manager Randall Bayne heard about the recall before that and instantly stopped ordering the lettuce.

"We did not want to take the chance on serving it to our guests and causing a potential health problem," said Bayne.

As for the millions of eggs out of Indiana being recalled, BJ's Country Buffet 2 hadn't ordered any of them.

However, the main branch of the restaurant did, but Bayne said the store owner replaced all eggs with other ingredients for their meals.

"We want people to have confidence that we're not sidestepping any kind of rules in order to increase our bottom line. Without our guest coming in, our guest staying healthy, well there is no bottom line," said Bayne.

"It's always good to be able to have some confidence and feel you're eating healthy food," said Hannibal.

B.J. Fletcher owns two BJ's Country Restaurants in Albany.

She said the safety of all her guests will always be a top priority.

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