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Report of Salmonella Shuts Down Mexican Restaurant

The restaurant earned 50 demerits as well

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.

The Southern Nevada Health District shut down La Mojarra Loca & Grill, the Mexican restaurant at 2797 S. Maryland Pkwy., after a routine inspection on Friday, Oct. 6, revealed a possible salmonella infection.

KTNV reports that a customer was diagnosed with salmonella poisoning after eating salmon and a salad at the restaurant. SNHD found 50 demerits during the inspection.

The TV station reports that the restaurant held shrimp, mussels, raw chicken and fish at unsafe temperatures, while SNDH also found expired sauces and cream, peppers prepped without being washing, and one employee using the same gloves and tongs to handle raw beef and cooked shrimp.

On Monday, Oct. 9, the restaurant underwent a re-inspection to earn a zero-demerit A grade.

The restaurant also earned 40 demerits in 2015.

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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