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.
Several tourists came down with an illness over the weekend after eating at Fresh Buffet at the Westgate. The Southern Nevada Health District tells KTNV that it is investigating after receiving reports from guests.
Westgate says it is cooperating with the health department and “completed an exhaustive disinfectant sweep of all of our resort common.”
No word on what the illness is.
China AAA, the Chinese restaurant at 9775 S. Maryland Pkwy., was shut down by the health department on June 11 for a multi-generational cockroach infestation. This marks the third time the health department closed the restaurant. A June 15 re-inspection revealed multiple dead cockroaches, but the restaurant re-opened with an A grade.
KTNV reports that inspectors found cockroaches crawling in dry storage boxes and under a wood ramp near the back door, while droppings were discovered near an electrical outlet. Other violations included dirty dishes washed next to food, grease and food debris on equipment and floors, “bulging cans of soy sauce in dry storage,” and raw squid was stored over crab, chicken and pork.
Other recent health department closings include Rubio’s at Lake Mead and Tenaya, closed for inadequate refrigeration on June 12, the mobile Taqueria El Buen Pastor at Fremont Street near Seventh Street shut down on June 12 for no running water, and one of the A-1 Mobile Catering food trucks closed on June 13 for inadequate refrigeration. Bonus, a food handler was using a counterfeit health card.
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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