LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — At a time when some people are facing the serious threat of going hungry and food banks are scrambling to fill needs, it’s a shame to see food having to be thrown in the garbage because a restaurant didn’t handle it properly.
Rani's World Foods on Sahara and Arville did just that as it got a 27-demerit C grade on April 14. According to the Health District’s website, Rani's has not been reinspected and still has that C grade.
Violations in the deli/snack bar area of Rani's World Foods included cooked pakora and lentil bun that were held at room temperature for no one knew how long. That food had to be thrown out. So did multiple containers of Chana—a chickpea dish—that had been stored on the floor at the back exit.
Opo (squash), curry, samosas and karela (bitter melon) in the fridge all had to be thrown out because the food wasn’t properly labeled to ensure it was being used in the required seven-day period.
Health inspectors found multiple cooked vegetable dishes in the fridge that were expired--some as far back as January. Tepla was dated April 5, Chana on April 1, curry on March 25 and breakfast cream spread dated back to January 22. All that food had to be thrown out too.
There was a repeat violation for food at unsafe temperatures.
A container of Chana was deep in the temperature danger zone. A food handler told inspectors it had been taken out of the freezer the day before and placed on the floor to thaw overnight.
In-use wooden serving spoons were stored in cloudy, tepid water. The spoons themselves were unsealed, black and fraying.
Multiple cooked vegetable dishes were stored uncovered in the fridge.
The person in charge wasn’t knowledgeable about food safety and couldn’t answer the inspector's questions about employee health symptoms, proper holding temperatures, proper cooling parameters or sanitizer concentrations.
The health inspector discussed procedures for employee health screening, disinfection, and social distancing regarding COVID-19.
Our call to Rani's World Foods for comment was not returned.
Click here to see the health report for Rani's World Foods Deli.