Inspection issues at La Pupusa Loka in Las Vegas

A pupusa is apparently a traditional Salvadoran dish made of a thick, handmade corn tortilla that is usually filled with a blend of Quesillo cheese, cook pork meat ground to a paste and refried beans.

At La Pupusa Loka on East Charleston, inspectors found beans and octopus were thawing on the prep table, several foods that were in the cooler weren’t labeled or dated, and an open bag of sugar was stored in an even stranger place — behind a customer booth by the bathroom.

According to KTNV, chicharones (fried pork rinds) were three-and-a-half weeks old., cheese and ground meat were improperly cooled and other meat, beans and an egg mixture were at unsafe temperatures.

The cook didn’t wash her hands, and a food handler who inspectors saw touching food with bare hands, because the restaurant ran out of gloves.

There were no sanitizer buckets in use. Instead, inspectors found extremely dirty towels on the prep counter.

La Pupusa Loka was warned that they had to have less than 10 demerits with no repeat of critical or major issues if they wanted to reopen.  They achieved that during their re-inspection.