Ajuua's "cleaned and sanitized" for health inspection

Ajuua's "cleaned and sanitized" for health inspection

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Ajuua's Restaurant received a "soft score" of 100 following an hour-long inspection Thursday afternoon, Ector County Health Department officials said.

The business, located at 2120 Andrews Hwy, voluntarily closed Monday after multiple patrons reported developing foodborne illness symptoms.

Health department officials later linked Ajuua's to two confirmed cases of Salmonella and more than 20 suspected infections.

"They had everything cleaned and sanitized today," Bruce Cunha, the department's chief sanitarian, said Thursday. "We went through the whole facility."

However, the restaurant still needs to repair a hole above a ventilation system and a portion of the wall in the men's restroom, he added.

Health department officials inspected the restaurant Thursday as part of a "follow-up visit" to a food inspection conducted three days prior, according to Cunha.

Ajuua's Restaurant scored an 87 and was cited for seven violations following Monday's inspection, county records revealed.

However, the improved score alone will not authorize restaurant owners to reopen.

At least 10 employees must test negative for Salmonella before Ajuua's can resume restaurant operations, Cunha explained.

Ajuua's 74 employees are all required to undergo testing, he said, but final lab results remained unavailable Thursday afternoon.

Restaurant owners had initially planned to reopen by Friday.

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