Two Boston Taquerias Ordered To Close After Reports Of "Foodborne Illness"

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BOSTON (WBZ News Radio) — Two locations of a popular Boston area taqueria chain have been ordered to close their doors after health inspectors received multiple reports of foodborne illness from food eaten at the locations.

On Thursday and Friday, Los Amigos Taqueria's Brighton and West Roxbury locations were told to shut their doors after their permit to operate was temporarily suspended.

Health inspectors said the Los Amigos location at 366 Washington Street in Brighton had visible soils and mold-like substances, wire rack shelving units with visible rust, and no sanitizer stations set up, among other violations.

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At the taqueria's West Roxbury location at 1741 Centre Street, health inspectors said they found, "no verifiable evidence of illness policy training," food temperatures were not taken, onions and salsa verde were stored on the floor, spatulas were stored in stagnant water, and only one employee properly washed their hands between tasks. There were 14 total violations at this location including, "multiple rodent droppings on pineapple cans, bag of pinto beans, beverage single-use holders, on storage tables and floor."

Health inspectors took samples of various refrigerated items at the Brighton location and said the owner has been instructed not to handle any food items without approval from the Health Division.

Between the two locations, the taquerias have been instructed to fix 19 violations.

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