History: Since the early 2000s, the location has largely received inspection ratings of good and excellent, though it did receive two needs improvement inspections. This was its first failed inspection.
What the inspector saw: The inspector found 11 priority violations, earning El Herradero a failing probationary rating. The violations included inadequate hand washing practices, a hand sink blocked by items stored in it, cheese from Mexico and homemade carne seca being sold, unsafe storage of raw meats, insufficient sanitizing of utensils, and foods stored above mandated temperatures.
Follow-up: The butcher and grocery store failed a follow-up inspection on April 20 and another had not been conducted by deadline.
Response: Owner Emilio Murrieta said that all of the problems have been corrected and he expects to pass the next inspection.