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Mexican Restaurant Almost Shut Down by the Health Department

The restaurant earned 39 demerits, two shy of a shutdown

Health Inspected
Health Inspected
Bradley Martin

DOH Chronicles covers restaurant inspections by the Southern Nevada Health District that earn 39 or more demerits. More than 40 demerits or an imminent health hazard calls for the immediate closure of a restaurant.

La Casita de Dona Machi, the Mexican restaurant at 2407 S. Eastern Ave., came within two points of being shut down by the Southern Nevada Health District after a routine inspection on Monday, Oct. 9.

Inspectors issued 39 demerits to the restaurant. Demerits included improper hand washing, commercially manufactured food from unapproved sources, food unprotected from potential contamination, ineffective pest control measures, unposted grade cards and more.

Previous inspections dating back to 2011 resulted in A and B grades, with a 20-demerit inspection in 2012.

The health district conducts unannounced inspections at least once a year. Inspections are posted online about five days after the inspection. The Southern Nevada Health District routinely shuts down restaurants that receive more than 40 demerits. Restaurants have the option of requesting a re-inspection before the next scheduled inspection.

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