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DENVER -- Every week FOX31 looks at health inspections at every restaurants.

Zoe Ma Ma

Denver inspectors cited the LoDo location for nine critical health code violation in October. The critical mistakes included:

  • Workers touched trash can then didn’t wash hands
  • Employee touching food with bare hands
  • Cutting veggies without washing first
  • Soiled towel used to wipe counters

“We quickly corrected the violations and a follow-up inspection the following week confirmed this," the restaurant said in a statement.

:There is no doubt that there were problems identified by the inspection that we needed to correct and did correct. ... Mother and I have worked hard and strive to provide high quality foods to our customers and our beloved community for many years.”

Zoe Ma Ma in Denver is at 1615 Wynkoop St.

La Noria

The Denver restaurant and market scored 12 critical violations in October.

The violations included:

  • 11 blocks of cheese tossed for being from an unapproved source
  • Pot of green chili was discarded for being held at the wrong temperature
  • Fly strips with multiple flies
  • Sanitizing solution measured zero

“(E)very single thing that came wrong on the day of the inspection has been corrected and approved by the health department," the restaurant said in a statement.

"We provided information on product we buy from local providers and had them available for them such as beef ... and pork rinds. As far as temperatures, they were corrected at the time of inspection.”

La Noria is located at 1931 W. Mississippi Ave.

Brooklyn's Finest Pizza

The “A” goes Brooklyn's for two perfect inspections in a row.

“When it comes to the kitchen, I hire the best guys I can get my hands on," owner Carlo Conti said. "We take care of those people. They are just as proud of the product as I am the owner.

"They are just as proud seeing the customers coming in and being happy and knowing we are serving a safe product to the community.”

Brooklyn's Finest Pizza is at West 50th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard just north of Interstate 70.

How restaurants appear on the Report Card

Restaurant Report Card features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson County, Weld County, Broomfield and restaurants under the jurisdiction of the Tri-County Health Department. The Tri-County Health Department includes Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

An inspection is a “snapshot” of what is happening during the day and time of the inspection.

On any given day, a restaurant could have more or fewer violations than noted in an inspection.

Also, at the time of an inspection, violations are recorded and can be corrected before the inspector leaving the restaurant. If violations are not corrected, a follow-up inspection is scheduled.

The criteria FOX31 Denver uses to give a restaurant a failing grade includes the evaluation of two unannounced inspections by county health inspectors.

A failing restaurant must have four or five critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and four or five critical violations on the previous regular inspection.

The restaurant might also fail for nine, 10 or more violations in one inspection. Health inspectors might conduct critical or follow-up inspections because of the number of critical violations found during a regular inspection.

Those inspections may also be considered for our reports. We recognize restaurants with two regular inspections in a row, with no critical violations, by awarding them an A.

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