According to the state Department of Health, there are currently 56 confirmed cases of salmonella in people who ate at Los Amigos Taquería in Brighton - 33 of them are Boston residents.
Boston Health inspectors have called for the closure of a Brighton Los Amigos Taqueria and suspended the restaurant's permit to operate after Salmonella illnesses were reported. Los Amigos Taqueria at 366 Washington St. in Brighton was ordered closed on Thursday.
The Boston Public Health Commission confirmed that there is an investigation into "an emerging Salmonella outbreak."
Public Health inspectors collected samples of food from the restaurant and instructed the owners to not handle any food without approval from city health officials. A city database, showed six failures and "multiple reports of a foodborne illness from items consumed at this location."
Inspectors at the Brighton location pointed to several violations which included, "visible soils and mold-substance" seen in walk-in units; shelving units with visible rust and soils: and a lack of proper sanitizers at work and prep stations.
Following an inspection at the Los Amigos restaurant at 1741 Centre St. in West Roxbury, this location was also ordered to close. The violations listed rodent droppings, foods kept outside of proper temperatures and staff members not following proper glove or hand washing procedures. The inspectors reported that, "only one employee properly washed hands between tasks, " and a spatula was found stored in stagnant water.
“Multiple rodent droppings on pineapple cans, bag of pinto beans, beverage single use holders, on storage tables and the floor,” the report stated.
What is Salmonella
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