Food Establishment Closures

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When and why we close food establishments

We close food establishments when food handling practices are a significant threat or danger to public health. When food service establishments can’t immediately correct an issue, we require them to stop operation to prevent illness or injury.  

Reasons for immediate closure

  • Imminent health hazards.
    • Fire.
    • Flood.
    • Extended interruption of electrical or water service.
    • Sewage backup.
    • Misuse of poisonous or toxic chemicals.
    • Onset of an apparent foodborne disease outbreak.
    • Gross insanitary occurrence or condition.
    • Lack of refrigeration.
  • Other circumstances that might endanger public health.
    • Repeated high score on routine inspection (100 or more red points*).
    • Repeated occurrence of critical violation(s).
    • No operating permit. (The permit ensures they have met all structural and equipment requirements to support a menu).
    • The owner/manager interferes with the inspector's ability to do her/his duties.


     * Inspections with 35 or more red point require a followup inspection.

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Food establishments currently closed:

Casa Mixteca (Taqueria Y Pupuseria La Herradura)
11109 Pacific Hwy, Lakewood
2-year inspection history.
Reason for closure:
Lack of adequate refrigeration.
7/19/2018 at 12:26 p.m.

Food establishments reopened:

Closure information stays online for seven days after reopening.

7 Eleven #35274A - Deli Only
3922 Portland Ave, Tacoma
2-year inspection history
Reason for closure: non-functional handwash sink.
Closed: 7/17/2018 at 10:41 a.m.
Reopened: 7/17/2018 at 2:10 p.m.

Chop Stix Dao Chan
311 Center St, Eatonville
2-year inspection history
Reason for closure:
Lack of refrigeration.
7/13/2018 at 4:11 p.m.
Reopened: 7/14/2018 at 10:45 a.m.

Fred Meyer - Deli Only
20901 SR 410, Bonney Lake
2-year inspection history
Reason for closure: Operating during unapproved construction.
Closed: 7/17/2018 at 11:51 a.m.
Reopened: 7/18/2018 at 10:34 a.m.

Papa Murphy's Take & Bake Pizza
900 Meridian E, Milton
2-year inspection history.
Reason for closure: Lack of adequate refrigeration.
Closed: 7/18/2018 at 3:15 p.m.
Reopened: 7/20/18 at 10:25 a.m.

Taqueria El Antojo
11916 Pacific Hwy SW Lakewood, 98499
2-year inspection history.
Reason for closure: Inadequate refrigeration.
Closed: 7/16/2018 at 2 p.m.
Reopened: 7/16/2018 at 6 p.m.