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Feb 22, 2013 12:58 AM by Sean Mooney

Kitchen Cops: Expired license and undercooked food on the menu this week

Tucson- Fortunately for people living in Pima County, health Inspectors continue to be a lot more consistent than the weather we have been experiencing lately. Those inspectors patrolling the city evaluating eating establishments to keep your food safe.

A french restaurant serving under cooked food without a warning to customers and another eaterie that has been operating with out a license. All made for an interesting week for the Kitchen Cops.

El Dorado Restaurant, at 1949 S. 4th Avenue, received 4 critical violations. The restaurant has been operating with an expired license for 2 years. The facility was instructed to correct the situation within 48-hours. Power steering fluid and liquid band aid was seen stored over containers of red chili. Food items in a walk-in cooler were not date marked. All cited violations were corrected with the inspector on site giving El Dorado Restaurant a "Good" rating.

Café Francais, at 2930 Swan Rd., received 3 critical violations. The restaurant serves under cooked meat, egg and seafood. At the time of inspection there was no consumer advisory posted. An employee was Observed handling dirty dishware and then putting away clean dishes without first washing their hands. Another employee was also observed handling food without a hair restraint. All violations were corrected during the inspection giving Cafe Francais a "Good" rating. Owner Maurice Cochard said, "As soon as this situation was brought to our attention by the Pima County Health Department we posted the advisory in three locations in our restaurant."

Restaurants awarded "Excellent" ratings include, Pinnacle Peak, at 6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd., La Parrilla Suiza, at 5602 E. Speedway and Pei Wei Asian Diner, at 635 W. Ina.

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