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Health Inspection Restaurant Reviews Debut on MCJ
Posting Date: 07/06/2012

By Joy Bruneau and Barbara Ellestad

All of us have wondered from time to time about the cleanliness, sanitation, or possible health violations of restaurants we frequent in and around town. The Mesquite Citizen Journal will help calm your fears, provide you with alerts when necessary, and give you information you can use with a new monthly feature we begin today. We thank Ed Fizer for suggesting we do this.

The Environmental Health staff of the Southern Nevada Health District inspects permitted food establishments periodically to ensure ongoing compliance with pertinent sections of regulations developed by the District in cooperation with the Nevada Resort Association, the Nevada Restaurant Association, and local food establishments.

We will track the results of inspections conducted on local food establishments and Joy Bruneau, the MCJ's newest staff member, will bring them to you on the first Friday of every month.

Every outlet that serves food in Mesquite is inspected; all 143 of them. That’s the first surprise you may get out of this report. Included in the District’s regular safety inspection stops are beverage carts on golf courses and hot dog stands in local casinos. The inspectors also file separate reports on bars, drink stands, and food preparation areas even if they are all located in the same establishment.

Here’s what you may find pleasantly surprising – the food outlets in Mesquite do quite well on the inspections. A review of the last two months, which we provide below, shows no establishment received less than a grade “A” and several of them did not receive any demerits at all. The inspections are held randomly and the establishments are not notified in advance of the inspector’s visit.

According to the Health District, “Risk factors that have the potential to contribute to foodborne illness are more heavily weighted in the inspection demerit process than items related to design, maintenance or general sanitation.”

For this initial report, we have included all restaurant inspection reports for May and June. Future articles will report the results of inspections for the previous month.

To make it simpler for you to understand the results, we have created two charts below. One shows the monthly inspection results that include the establishment name, address, inspection date, grade, total demerits, and specific violations if any.

In the last column, “Violations,” you’ll only see code numbers. The second chart, which will be included in each month’s report, gives the specific explanation for the code number.

For instance, if you see ABC Eatery has a Code 2 violation, you would go to the end chart and discover that the violation is listed as

2

Handwashing (as required, when required, proper glove use, no bare hand contact of ready to eat foods).

Foodhandler health restrictions as required.

There are three separate sections of code violations. Section 1, Codes 1 through 10, are critical violations for which the establishment is assessed five demerits for each instance.

Section 2, Codes 11 through 23, are considered major violations and are assessed three demerits for each violation. Section 3, Codes 24 through 34, are categorized as minor violations and the food outlet would receive one demerit for each violation.

Our intent is not to embarrass any food establishments in town. Merely, we want to give consumers information they can use to choose those outstanding eateries that deserve special recognition, and the employees who staff them.

To that end, we will highlight establishments that receive zero demerits and award them the Eatery Shout-Out Award.

Editorial caveat: we are simply relaying this information from the Health District’s Web site and hold no responsibility for the accuracy or thoroughness of the reports.

So here’s our Eatery Shout-Out Awards for June 2012:

Eureka Casino II Poker Room Snack Bar

Eureka Casino II Bingo Room

Eureka Casino II Banquet Bar

Eureka Casino On/Off Site Portable

Canton Chinese Cuisine I Buffet

Oasis Golf Clubhouse Snack Shack 2

Oasis Golf Clubhouse Mobile Trailer

Oasis Golf Clubhouse Cart #2

Oasis Golf Clubhouse Cart #1

Oasis Golf Clubhouse Bar

Establishment Name

Address

Inspection Date

Grade

Total

Demerits

Violation # See Code Below

Eureka Casino II

Poker RM Snack Bar

275 Mesa Blvd.

06/08/12

A

0

Eureka Casino II Service Gold Bar

275 Mesa Blvd.

06/08/12

A

6

11, 20

Canton Chinese Cuisine I

430 N. Sandhill Blvd.

06/08/12

A

8

2, 12

Envy Nightclub and Lounge

792 W. Pioneer Blvd

06/08/12

A

4

23, 25

Eureka Casino II Bingo Room

275 Mesa Blvd.

06/08/12

A

0

Eureka Gregory's Steakhouse Bar

275 Mesa Blvd.

06/08/12

A

4

12, 33

Eureka Casino II Banquet Bar

275 Mesa Blvd.

06/08/12

A

0

Eureka Casino On/Off Site Portable

275 Mesa Blvd.

06/08/12

A

0

Eureka Casino Buffet

275 Mesa Blvd.

06/08/12

A

6

9, 33

Eureka Gregory's Steakhouse

275 Mesa Blvd.

06/08/12

A

7

14, 19, 33

Canton Chinese Cuisine I Buffet

430 N. Sandhill Blvd.

06/08/12

A

0

Bowling Alley Bar - Virgin River Casino

100 E. Pioneer Blvd.

06/07/12

A

1

25

Golf Clubhouse Snack Shack 2

100 Palmer Ln.

06/07/12

A

0

Golf Clubhouse Mobile Trailer

100 Palmer Ln.

06/07/12

A

0

Golf Clubhouse Cart #2

100 Palmer Ln.

06/07/12

A

0

Golf Clubhouse Cart #1

100 Palmer Ln.

06/07/12

A

0

Starbucks

100 E. Pioneer Blvd.

06/07/12

A

8

4, 15

Bingo Snack Bar

100 E. Pioneer Blvd.

06/07/12

A

3

12

Golf Clubhouse Bar

100 Palmer Ln.

06/07/12

A

0

Virgin River Hot Dog Cart-Bowling Alley Bar

100 Palmer Ln.

06/07/12

A

1

29

Here’s the Eatery Shout-Out Awards for May 2012:

Terrible Herbst Deli

Virgin Valley High School Kitchen

CasaBlanca Casino Hot Dog Stand

Establishment Name

Address

Inspection Date

Grade

Total

Demerits

Violation # See Code Below

Juicie Juice

61 N. Sandhill Blvd.

05/04/12

A

7

12, 18, 33

Little Ceasars Pizza

1155 W. Pioneer Blvd.

05/04/12

A

1

33

Mia's Mexican Restaurant

1085 W. Pioneer Blvd.

05/09/12

A

10

6, 12, 25, 28

Panda Garden Service Bar

12 W. Mesquite Blvd.

05/10/12

A

6

14, 22

Stateline Casino Bar

490 W. Mesquite Blvd.

05/10/12

A

1

25

Bowling Alley Snack Bar

100 E. Pioneer Blvd.

05/10/12

A

1

29

Brothers Grill

490 W. Mesquite Blvd.

05/10/12

A

7

15, 18, 25

Terrible Herbst Deli

810 W. Mesquite Blvd.

05/10/12

A

0

Main Bar

100 E. Pioneer Blvd.

05/10/12

A

3

14

Panda Garden Restaurant

12 W. Mesquite Blvd.

05/10/12

A

9

13, 14, 30, 31, 33

Maverick Inc #342 Snack Bar

14 N. Sandhill Blvd.

05/17/12

A

10

9, 15, 25, 26

Kentucky Fried Chicken

253 N. Sandhill Blvd.

05/17/12

A

2

32, 33

19th Hole Lounge

550 El Dorado Rd.

05/17/12

A

10

05/17/12

Peggy Sue's Service Bar/Drink Station/Ice Cream

380 N. Sandhill Blvd.

05/17/12

A

9

10, 18, 30

Virgin Valley Food Mart Deli (Rebel)

200 Mesa Blvd.

05/17/12

A

1

25

Virgin Valley High School Kitchen

820 Valley View Dr.

05/23/12

A

0

Peggy Sue's-Bar

380 N. Sandhill Drive

05/31/12

A

2

25, 29

Peggy Sue's

380 N. Sandhill Blvd.

05/31/12

A

2

30, 33

McDonald's

190 E. Pioneer Blvd.

05/31/12

A

5

18, 29, 30

Golf Clubhouse Restaurant -Grille Room

100 Palmer Lane

05/31/12

A

10

14, 223, 28, 29, 30, 33

Main Casino Bar

950 W. Mesquite Blvd.

05/31/12

A

6

14, 18

Gold Club-Grille Room Bar

100 Palmer Lane

05/31/12

A

3

13

Hot Dog Stand

CasaBlanca Casino

950 W. Mesquite Blvd.

05/31/12

A

0

Southern Nevada Health District Restaurant Inspection Criteria

SECTION 1

The Critical Violations listed below are to be assessed 5 demerits for each violation

1

Verifiable time as a control with approved procedure when in use. Operational plan, HACCP plan, waiver or variance approved and followed when required. Operating within the parameters of the health permit.

2

Handwashing (as required, when required, proper glove use, no bare hand contact of ready to eat foods). Foodhandler health restrictions as required.

3

Commercially manufactured food from approved source with required labels. Parasite destruction as required. Potentially hazardous foods/time temperature control for safety (PHF/TCS) received at proper temperature.

4

Hot and cold running water from approved source as required.

5

Imminently dangerous cross connection or backflow. Waste water and sewage disposed into public sewer or approved facility.

6

Food wholesome; not spoiled, contaminated, or adulterated.

7

PHF/TCSs cooked and reheated to proper temperatures.

8

PHF/TCSs properly cooled.

9

PHF/TCSs at proper temperatures during storage, display, service, transport, and holding.

10

Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act compliant.

SECTION 2

The Major Violations listed below are to be assessed 3 demerits for each violation

11

Food protected from potential contamination during storage and preparation.

12

Food protected from potential contamination by chemicals. Toxic items properly labeled, stored and used.

13

Food protected from potential contamination by employees and consumers.

14

Kitchenware and food contact surfaces of equipment properly washed, rinsed, sanitized and air dried. Sanitizer solution provided and maintained as required.

15

Handwashing facilities adequate in number, stocked, accessible, and limited to handwashing only.

16

Effective pest control measures. Animals restricted as required.

17

Hot and cold holding equipment present; properly designed, maintained and operated.

18

Accurate thermometers (stem & hot/cold holding) provided and used.

19

PHF/TCSs properly thawed.

20

Single use items not reused or misused.

21

Person in charge available and knowledgeable/management certification.

22

Backflow prevention devices and methods in place and maintained.

23

“B” or “C” grade card and required signs posted conspicuously. Consumer advisory as required. Records/logs maintained and available when required.

SECTION 3

The Minor Violations listed below are to be assessed 1 demerit for each violation

24

Acceptable personal hygiene practices, clean outer garments, proper hair restraints used. Living quarters and child care completely separated from food service.

25

Food and food storage containers properly labeled and dated as required. Food stored off the floor when required. Non-PHF/TCS not spoiled and within shelf-life. Proper retail storage of chemicals.

26

Facilities for washing and sanitizing kitchenware approved, adequate, properly constructed, maintained and operated.

27

Appropriate sanitizer test kits provided and used. Ware washing thermometer(s) as required. Wiping cloths & linens stored and used properly.

28

Food contact surfaces and equipment approved, food grade material, smooth, easily cleanable, properly constructed and installed.

29

Utensils, equipment, and single serve items properly handled, stored, and dispensed.

30

Nonfood contact surfaces and equipment properly constructed, installed, maintained and clean.

31

Health cards as required. Facility has an effective employee health policy. “A” grade card posted conspicuously.

32

Restrooms, mop sink, and custodial areas maintained and clean. Premises maintained free of litter, unnecessary equipment, or personal effects. Trash areas adequate, pest proof, and clean.

33

Facility in sound condition and maintained (floors, walls, ceilings, plumbing, lighting, ventilation, etc.).

34

Fruits and vegetables washed prior to preparation or service.

 

Commentary
  • Posted Date: 07/06/2012
    I am delighted to see this addition. I always read the reports in the RJ on Wednesday and have wondered why I never see a Mesquite establishment listed.
    By: Pennie Grajek
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  • Posted Date: 07/07/2012
    Just another example of "Big Brother" taking care of us.
    By: 57braveslvr
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  • Posted Date: 07/08/2012
    Fantastic addition to MCJ!! Thank you. You are helping keep Mesquite safe..
    By: Lareine
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