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Public Health: Dead vermin, insects found at Wasco Pizza and Diner

Restaurant closed after 63% inspection score
Posted at 10:33 AM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 13:33:08-04

Kern County Public Health closed a Wasco pizza restaurant on Thursday after several violations were found.

Wasco Pizza and Diner was closed on May 24 after receiving a 63% inspection score, according to Public Health. Less than two weeks ago, five people were stabbed outside the restaurant located at 1120 Highway 46.


Public Health observed the following violations:

- Employees unaware of fruit fly infestation, dead vermin behind chairs, and cross contamination risk.

- Dead crickets and cockroach near pool table

- Gross accumulation of debris on floors in kitchen/food prep area

- Cluttered trash and debris on exterior of premise

- Inaccessible hand washing sink located at kitchen

- Multiple alcoholic drink bottles with fruit flies inside

- Raw red meet stored above pizza dough in freezer

- Three compartment sink leaking onto floor

- Debris in three-compartment sink

- Water hose attached to three-compartment sink

- 30 assorted alcoholic drinks, drink mixes contaminated with dead insect parts and bodies

- Leak inside reach in cooler in bar area

- Debris on shelves and bar tables


It's unclear when Wasco Pizza and Diner will reopen.