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May 31, 2013 2:18 AM by Sean Mooney

Que Taco, Bamboo Terrace receive critical violations

TUCSON - With school out it's vacation time for many but not for Pima County Health Inspectors who never take time off from keeping the restaurants you dine in safe.

Que Taco, at 1104 S. Wilmot Rd., received ten critical violations. An employee was observed wiping his face, including his nose and mouth, with exposed hands. He then bagged customer's food. A cook was seen handling lettuce and shredded cheese with bare hands. Raw beef and shrimp were found stored above uncovered food. Several food items in a refrigeration unit tested above the maximum 41 degrees with raw eggs temped at 62 degrees, cooked beef and pork at 47 degrees.

With more than four critical violations not corrected during the inspection, Que Taco was given a "Provisional" rating.

In a statement Que Taco management said, "We took care of all the critical problems and the non-critical too. The health inspector came on tuesday and he said everything is good."

Bamboo Terrace, at 1754 West Ajo Way, received four critical and two non-critical violations. Stored food items tested above the maximum 41-degrees with cooked noodles at 72-degrees and cooked rice at 47 degrees. Other items were not properly date marked. Large pots had food debris encrusted in them.

With all violations corrected during the inspection, Bamboo Terrace was given a "Good" rating.

Two weeks ago News 4 reported that Sgt. Pepperoni's Pizza, at 2860 W. Ina Rd., received a "Provisional" rating. Wingstop #975, at 1710 W. Valencia, was also featured after receiving a "Needs Improvement" rating. The Pima County Health Department has confirmed that both restaurants have passed re-inspection.

Restaurants awarded "Excellent" ratings include, Bushi Sushi, at 4689 E. Speedway, Paradise Bakery & Cafe, at
845 N. Park and Native New Yorker, at 8225 N. Courtney Page Way.

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