Dirty Dining: Los Tarascos Tacos on South Decatur
UPDATE: This restaurant has been reinspected and is now operating with a 5 demerit A grade.
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It is not where you would expect to find a tray of beef -- sitting on top of a trash can.
But that is where inspectors from the Southern Nevada Health District found it while inspecting Los Tarascos Tacos on South Decatur Boulevard near U.S. 95.
That, along with other violations, resulted in the restaurant receiving 40 demerit, C grade.
Just one more demerit and it would have been automatically shut down.
Other violations included other meats cooling at room temperature; raw eggs stored above ready-to-eat foods; and all foods in the walk-in refrigerator were missing labels.
In addition, the refrigerator condenser required repair; a chopping utensil with meat residue was stored on a chopping table; and there were dirty dishes in the hand sink.
Plus, employees were unable to answer specific questions about food safety.
Contact 13 stopped by the restaurant but the owner -- John Waiss -- was unavailable.
Waiss called Contact 13 later the same day and had the following statement:
"This is our first inspection since opening three weeks ago. We are still working to make some corrections. But issues like the condenser have been fixed and I've spoken with employees about proper food handling and I want customers to know Los Tarascos is a safe establishment."
Waiss also said that he hopes to have the restaurant reinspected by the end of the week.
The Southern Nevada Health District confirms that a re-inspection is tentatively set for Friday. Currently, Los Tarascos Tacos is still operating with a 40 demerit, C grade.