Rats and Roaches in SoCal Restaurants: See What the NBC4 I-Team Found

Look at what the I-Team found at Southern California restaurants.

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LA County Department of Public Health/KNBC-TV
Look at what the NBC4 I-Team found in some Southern California restaurants.
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
A dead mouse and droppings were found in the kitchen. The location was closed for infestation on Jan. 23 and reopened Jan. 25. Click here to see the inspection report.n

nGrade Given: B; Current Grade (May 2018): An

nResponse: Restaurant has not responded to NBC4 request for comment
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KNBC-TV
Live cockroaches were found at the front counter. The location was closed for infestation Feb. 12, 2018 and reopened Feb. 13. Click here to see the inspection report.n

nGrade Given: B; Current Grade (May 2018): An

nResponse: Restaurant hasn’t responded to NBC4's request for comment
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
A dead rodent was found with its head missing. The location was closed for infestation Jan. 25, 2017 and reopened Jan. 27, 2017. Click here to see the inspection report.n

nGrade Given: B; Current Grade (May 2018): An

nResponse: Restaurant has not responded to NBC4 request for comment
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Cockroaches and roach "fecal spotting" were found in the kitchen. The location was closed for infestation May 8, 2017 and reopened May 10, 2017. Click here to see the inspection report.n

nGrade Given: B; Current Grade (May 2018): An

nResponse: Restaurant has not responded to NBC4 request for comment
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Live and dead cockroaches were found in the food prep area. The restaurant was closed for infestation May 25, 2017 and reopened May 27, 2017. Click here to view the report. Click here to see the inspection report.n

nGrade Given: B; Current Grade (May 2018): An

nResponse: The restaurant tells NBC4 no roaches were found on its last inspection, and it plans to file a lawsuit against its former pest control company.
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
A mouse and dozens of droppings were found in a storage area. The restaurant was closed for infestation Jan. 19, 2017 and reopened Jan. 21, 2017. Click here to see the inspection report.n

nGrade Given: B; Current Grade (May 2018): An

nResponse: "At El Pollo Loco, we are committed to providing a high-quality experience for our guests and that includes both the food we serve and the condition of our restaurants. In January 2017, we received a report of a rare and isolated occurrence at our 5520 Santa Monica Boulevard location, and we took immediate action to ensure the cleanliness and safety of this restaurant. We take any report that suggests otherwise very seriously. Every day, our teams are committed to - and take great pride in - meeting the highest public health standards and providing our customers with an exceptional dining experience."
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
A roach was found in sweet and sour sauce. The restaurant was closed for infestation Dec. 7, 2017 and reopened Dec. 13, 2017. Click here to see the inspection report.n

nGrade Given: C; Current Grade (May 2018): Bn

nResponse: Restaurant has not responded to NBC4 request for comment
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Cockroaches were found in the kitchen. The restaurant was closed for infestation Oct. 17, 2017 and reopened Oct. 20, 2017. Click here to see the inspection report.n

nGrade Given: 66/100: Current Grade (May 2018): An

nResponse: The restaurant tells NBC4 after October closure it "took immediate steps to correct the problem."
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
More than 30 live and dead cockroaches were found around the restaurant. The location closed Nov. 8, 2017 and reopened Dec. 13, 2017. Click here to see the inspection report.n

nGrade Given: B; Current Grade: An

nResponse: The restaurant tells NBC4, after it was closed for a roach infestation, "We immediately addressed it and reopened the restaurant shortly thereafter."
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Rodents and droppings were found in the food prep area. The restaurant was closed for infestation Feb. 5, 2017 and reopened Feb. 8, 2017. Click here to see the inspection report.n

nGrade Given: B; Current Grade (May 2018): An

nResponse: Restaurant has not responded to NBC4 request for comment
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Live cockroaches were found in 14 places. The restaurant closed for infestation May 24, 2017 and reopened May 31, 2017.n

nGrade given: B; Current Grade (May 2018): Bn

nResponse: Restaurant has not responded to NBC4 request for comment
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Cockroaches were found in the kitchen and restroom. The restaurant closed for infestation Feb. 6 and reopened Feb. 8.n

nGrade Given: B; Current Grade (May 2018): An

nResponse: Restaurant has not responded to NBC4 request for comment
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Cockroaches were found in the kitchen. The location was closed for infestation Nov. 14, 2017 and reopened Nov. 16, 2017.

nGrade Given: B; Current Grade (May 2018): An

nResponse: Restaurant has not responded to NBC4 request for comment
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Dead rodents and droppings were found in the food storage area. The location was closed for infestation July 6, 2017 and reopened July 10, 2017.

nGrade Given: B; Most recent grade on LA County website: Bn

nResponse: Restaurant has not responded to NBC4 request for comment
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Dead mouse and droppings were found in the kitchen. The restaurant closed Jan. 19, 2017 and reopened Jan. 21, 2017.

nGrade Given: B; Current Grade (May 2018): An

nResponse: Restaurant did not respond to request for comment.
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