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Popular Mexican food restaurants fail health inspections

2013-06-16T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T11:22:01Z Popular Mexican food restaurants fail health inspectionsBecky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 16, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Five local eateries failed health inspections but passed follow-up inspections in May. Here's what you need to know.

Rigo's Mexican Restaurant

2527 S. Fourth Ave.

• History: Good ratings for the past 10 years.

• What the inspector saw: Five critical violations on May 17. The most serious were foods kept at the wrong temperatures, raw meat stored above ready-to-eat food and incorrect handwashing.

• Follow-up: Passed May 28.

• Response: Owner Rigo Lopez said he has trained his staff "to do things the right way."

Taqueria Pico De Gallo

2618 S. Sixth Ave.

• History: Good ratings for the past three years. Failed two inspections in 2008.

• What the inspector saw: Five critical violations on May 28. The most serious was mouse droppings in areas where dishes are kept and in food prep and food storage areas.

• Follow-up: Passed June 7.

• Response: The owner could not be reached for comment.

Sgt. Pepperoni's Pizza

2860 W. Ina Road

• History: Excellent and good ratings for the past 10 years.

• What the inspector saw: Seven critical violations on May 10. The most serious were foods kept at the wrong temperatures, food build-up on cooking equipment and employees handling food with bare hands.

• Follow-up: Passed May 20.

• Response: Two phone calls were not returned.

Que Taco

1104 S. Wilmot Road

• History: Needs improvement rating in April. Good or excellent ratings in 2011 and 2012.

• What the inspector saw: Ten critical violations on May 23. The most serious were foods kept at the wrong temperatures, raw meat stored above ready-to-eat food and employees handling food with bare hands.

• Follow-up: Passed June 3.

• Response: The owner could not be reached for comment.

Flores & Sons

Highway 85 and Highway 86 in Ajo

• History: Excellent and good ratings for the past 10 years.

• What the inspector saw: Nine critical violations on April 15. The most serious was foods stored without date labels.

• Follow-up: Three workers attended a food-safety class. The restaurant passed inspection on April 29.

• Response: Owner Joe Flores said he corrected issues with the way food is stocked. The oven needed to be cleaned at the time of the inspection, and he cleaned it, he said.

On StarNet: Search the database at azstarnet.com/inspections

by the numbers

4,700

Food service licenses in Pima County

737

Rated excellent, good or pass in May

1

Rated needs improvement in May

4

Provisional, failed inspections in May

Compiled by reporter Becky Pallack from Pima County Health Department records. Contact Pallack at bpallack@azstarnet.com or 573-4251. On Twitter @BeckyPallack.

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