Dirty Dining: Valerio's Tropical Bake Shop

Dirty Dining: Valerio's Tropical Bake Shop

By Darcy Spears. CREATED Feb 27, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- These are probably the last words anyone who runs a food establishment wants to hear.

"You guys are on our Dirty Dining report this week for the downgrade -- that "C" that you got from the Health District."

This week, Valerio's Tropical Bake Shop got to hear those words from Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears.

The bakery is at Seafood City Supermarket on South Maryland Parkway near Flamingo Road.

They got a 27-demerit "C" grade for things like improper hand washing, dented cans, and food in the temperature danger zone.

"When they came here, a couple of the foods were out of temp and a little cleaning was needed on the hood, which I got serviced," explained Valerio's General Manager Rex Jose.

Jose says they're having trouble keeping up with the Health District's new, stricter guidelines.

"Different programs, rules that they're implementing," he said.

But this is not his first rodeo on Dirty Dining.

We reported on Valerio's not-so-sweet health inspection last May when they were shut down with 49 demerits.

They're back in the spotlight for the Feb. 12 report where inspectors found a date label sticker in an unlikely spot.

Darcy: They had a picture of an empanada where somebody literally stuck the label on the actual food as opposed to the tray, so there's potentially glue on an empanada that was gonna be cooked.  Why would someone put a label on food instead of on the container the food was in?
Rex: I'm not quite sure why that happened.

Inspectors also found an open and uncovered package of sugar that was soaked in shortening.  Grease had permeated the bag.

They were using cardboard to catch grease on the floor.

There was heavy dust build up over the oven and on shelving.

And soiled baking pans were stored and stacked as clean.

Inspectors wrote up a repeat violation for using a bent plastic fork in the dough.

And there were steel wool metal shards stuck in the dough roller.

Darcy: So that's a concern that there could be foreign items in the dough.
Rex: Yes, um, and as a matter of fact I hired a food safety specialist and I'm waiting for him to resolve these issues once and for all.  And I think that will be my comment for today, Darcy.
I don't want to say anything more than that.

Another issue inspectors found--a radio precariously perched on an upturned bucket next to a sink -- an electrical hazard waiting to happen.

Darcy: Do you want to let us get any video back there or would you rather not?
Rex: I would rather not, Darcy, not today.

But he did invite us to come back another time.

"When I get the inspection again, I'll be glad to give you a call so that we can reverse this bad publicity, obviously."

The Health District is hoping the third time is the charm for Valerio's.  They're requiring a third supervisory conference before the bake shop can get re-inspected.

Darcy Spears

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Darcy Spears is currently the Chief Investigative Reporter for Action News.