Three restaurants with serious issues in this week's health inspection reports

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Several restaurants had some serious violations in this week's round of inspections.

In Longview, Pho Saigon at 2655 Bill Owens Parkway in Longview had 9 violations under inspection.
Peanut, soy, fish and mushroom sauce were held too warm.
Employees were seen handling foods barehanded.
Fish blood was found on a drain board near other food items.
Moldy prep sink & dirty food slicer were found.

Total demerits: 32

El Puente d. Mendez at 309 East Valentine in Tyler - on first check on January 1, had 21 demerits.

On follow-up inspection, flours and sugar were contaminated with weevils.

Unidentified meat was stored in a black trash bag (owner said it was bought from a man selling meat door-to-door. No USDA inspection stickers, no receipt was given.)  Owner was instructed to discard the unidentified meat.

Also, food prep areas were unsanitized, and freezers needed cleaning. 36 demerits, permit suspended. They voluntarily closed.

Also in Tyler, Church's Chicken #1533 at 127 WSW Loop 323, had live roaches inside food boxes and in condiments. Pink mold was found in the ice machine.

19 demerits.

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