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Aug 15, 2014 1:37 PM by Sean Mooney

Kitchen Cops: When cilantro and meat don't mix

TUCSON - Mixing food off the grill leads to a combination of violations.

Taco Shop Co, at 1350 E. Broadway Blvd., received six critical violations. A box of cilantro, on ice, was stored over a package of raw meat. Raw food must be separated to prevent cross contamination.

Several food items in refrigeration units tested above the maximum 41 degrees, with cooked beef at 66 degrees, cooked chicken temped at 50 degrees and cheese at 49 degrees. Utensils stored as clean had dried food debris on them. The inspector also noted that there was food and garbage on the ground around the facilities dumpster. With six critical violations, Taco Shop Co, was given a "Provisional" rating.

Sarku Japan, at 4500 N. Oracle Rd., received seven critical violations. Chicken pieces and egg rolls used for samples temped at 111 degrees. Food cooked for serving must be held at 130 degrees or higher. Refrigerated food items tested above the maximum 41 degrees with raw beef and shrimp temped at 52 degrees. Raw chicken was observed in a three compartment sink. Food shall only contact surfaces that are clean and sanitized. With seven critical violations, Sarku Japan, was given a "Provisional" rating.

In a statement Sarku Japan said, "Sarku Japan takes these health violation findings very seriously. Our store supervisor has been on site to ensure all corrections have been made and to step up training on our crew members to ensure these type of violations won't be repeated."

Restaurants awarded "Excellent" ratings include, Skybox Restaurant and Bar, at 5605 E River Rd., Chocolate Iguana, at 500 N. 4th Ave., Nadine's Pastry Shoppe, at 4553 E. Broadway Blvd. and Los Betos Mexican Food, at 2100 W. Grant Rd.

Taco Shop Co. Report

Sarku Japan Report

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