Either the inspectors did more inspections than usual in February (not likely in a shorter month) or there were just more poor results than usual. Our worst offender was a Mexican restaurant with nine serious violations and seven core violations. Core violations might not be related to food borne illness, but demonstrate a lack of what would be considered good procedures for restaurant operations. Trust me, I'm not going near those burritos for a while.
© Judy Hedding
My list represents those restaurants (not schools, caterers, corporate cafeterias, bakeries or other food processing businesses) that had five or more Risk Factor violations -- those are considered a risk for foodborne illness -- during the inspection. A restaurant with that many Risk Factors would be one that I'd avoid, at least until they had subsequent inspections showing more understanding of safe food preparation standards and concern for their patrons.
See which restaurants in Maricopa County which had five or more Risk Factors noted on their last inspection. After you peruse that, please take a look at the many Phoenix area restaurants that achieved perfect inspections during the month of February 2013.
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