Rodent droppings, chicken drippings trouble for restaurants receiving ‘F’s’

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DENVER -- Every week, FOX31 looks at health inspections at restaurants in metro Denver and along the Front Range.

Imperial Chinese Seafood

The Denver restaurant scored 11 critical health code violations in March.

The issues included:

  • Raw chicken dripping juice on broth
  • Dried rice and eggs tossed ... held wrong temperature
  • Sanitizing solution measured zero for chlorine

"New people came in and they didn't do job right," manager Vincent Diep said. "It was human error, but we corrected it right away.

"We taught them. We trained them. We told them right away and everything was all corrected right away."

Imperial Chinese Seafood, which is at 431 S. Broadway, passed its follow-up inspection.

El Parral Mexican Steak House

A Tri-County health inspector found nine critical health code violations on Feb. 28.  Among the violations:

  • Rodent droppings
  • Soda guns covered with black substance
  • Employee touching ready to eat food
  • Floors, interior of microwave and can opener soiled with food debris

"We just don't have anyone available to verify that for you. Everything is fixed. It's all done and fixed," an employee said.

El Parral Mexican Steak House passed a follow-up inspection in March. The Littleton restaurant is at 6875 S. Broadway.

Blazing Chicken Shack

The “A” goes to Blazing Chicken for two perfect inspections in a row.  Blazing Chicken is in Denver at 5560 E. 33rd Ave.

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 prior to 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 five or four critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and five or four critical violations on the previous regular inspection. The restaurant may also fail for nine or ten or more violations in one inspection. Health inspectors may conduct critical or follow-up inspections, due to 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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