Health Report #103362

Establishment Name: Senor Lopez Taqueria Mexican Restaurant
Report Date: 12/17/2009
Violation Type Violation Category Violation Items Violation Locations Violation Problems Violation Comments
Critical Hot and cold holding Cold food item(s) N/A Stored above 41 degrees F 1) observed portioned in-house prepared salsa and pico de gallo stored on the front counter. Corrected by placing these items in the cooler. 2) observed the upright three door cooler to only be maintaining foods at 45 to 48f. Made an adjustment to the temperature control dial to a colder setting. Monitor this unit to ensure it holds food at 41f or colder. An employee called the owner so the unit could be evaluated and adjusted/repaired as needed
Critical Storage, Separation Poisonous/toxic material(s) N/A Stored over/with Food Observed chafing fuel stored with foods on the second shelf in the back dry store room, and garlic stored on a small shelf above the kitchen hand washing sink with hand soap and sanitizer. Corrected by moving the chemicals away from these foods
Critical Ready-to-Eat Food, Date Markin Commercially processed ready to eat potentially hazardous food(s) N/A Without date of consumption marking Again, observed the two desserts (flan and tres leche) and an open gallon of milk to have no use-by dates provided. On of the staff indicated these items were purchased on tuesday (12-15). Corrected by providing a use-by date of 12-21
Critical Food Contact Surfaces and Uten Food-contact surface(s) storage equipment plastic tub(s) N/A Rough, Not easily cleanable Observed the large white plastic tub for the tortilla chips to have a hole melted through the bottom corner. This container is not smooth and easily cleanable. As soon as possible, provide a replacement food grade plastic tub for these chips and remove the old tub
Critical Controlling Pests Pest(s) flies, Routine inspections of premises for evidence of pests N/A Present in facility Without use of trapping devices, Not performed Observed numerous small flies located near the dish washing machine, the three compartment sink & grease trap area, and by the back dry goods storage area. Provide some fly paper (only in areas away from food and clean equipment) to trap some adult flies, perform frequent inspections of the facility looking for pests, remove produce that is going bad, and keep the facility clean and dry
Critical Clean Sight/Touch-No Accum/Enc Food-contact surface(s) N/A Soiled Observed several kitchen knives stored in the knife rack that were unclean. Only clean knives may be stored in the knife racks. These knives were sent to be washed
Critical Demonstration of Knowledge Person-in-charge N/A Does not demonstrate required knowledge Observed too many critical food safety violations during this and past inspections. Either provide a manager for this store that has an accredited food safety certificate or register an appropriate full time staff member for a food safety training course and provide verification of registration
Critical Safe/Unadult./Honestly Present Food N/A Adulterated/contaminated Observed a couple rotting onions and several rotting potatoes on the shelf in the back dry storage room. The small flies in the facility are attracted to this rotting produce. Corrected by discarding these items. In the future, ensure staff are inspecting these foods and throwing away bad ones
Normal Kitchenware and Tableware Utensil(s) single-service N/A Stored jumbled Observed plastic eating utensils stored jumbled in large trays under the front counter. Please organize these items with the handles all in the same direction
Normal Miscellaneous Sources Food N/A Not protected From contamination 1) observed portioned chips and salsa setting out on the counter again. Do not pre-portion the chips into the baskets, and the salsa needs to stay in the refrigerator to protect them from contamination. 2) three or four baskets of pre-portioned chips were found resting on the loose tortilla chips inside the plastic storage tub. These baskets may not be stored on the chips. Corrected by removing the baskets from the tub
Normal Equipment and Utensils, Air-Dr Clean equipment and utensil(s) N/A Dried with a cloth towel N/A
Normal Clean Freq, Nonfood-Contact Su Nonfood contact surface(s) N/A With accumulation of debris Observed the freezer and cooler compressor coils to be covered with dust accumulation, the prep cooler door gaskets were unclean, and the top shelf on the prep cooler to be unclean. Most of the dust was removed from the freezer and cooler coils and the door gaskets were cleaned during the inspection. Utilize a foaming compressor coil clean (according to the label instructions) to eliminate additional dust and oil
Normal Cleaning, Frequency/Restrictio Physical facilities/structures floors N/A Soiled Observed the kitchen floor drains and some of the floor sinks (including the one under the soda dispensing machine) to be in need of cleaning now and more frequently in the future (at least 2x per week)
Normal Single-Ser./Use Art., Use Limi Single-service/single-use items N/A Reused Again, sour cream tubs are being saved and reused for food storage. Some of them have damaged covers. Remove these containers from your establishment and only use multi-use food grade storage containers
Normal Outer Openings, Protected Outer opening(s) Door(s) N/A Not sealed to prevent pest entry The front door still has a large gap at the bottom. Provide a door sweep to seal out pests and cold air.
Normal Repairing Physical facilities Floor(s) N/A In poor repair Open seams Observed the gap still present between the tile floor and the plastic rim of the grease trap. This gap is accumulating food debris and moisture that can be a breeding area for flies. Thoroughly clean and dry this area and seal the gap with grout or a silicone sealant
Normal Cooling, Heating, and Holding Equipment cold holding N/A Inadequate The three door upright cooler was not operating at proper temperature. It was observed one of the two circulating fans to be non-functional. Have this fan repaired/replaced and the unit evaluated & repaired as needed
Normal Good Repair and Proper Adjustm Equipment N/A In poor repair Chipped Observed one of the two kitchen microwave ovens to have cracked and blistered paint on the ceiling and the back wall. Replace this oven with a new one
Normal Equipment, Cleaning Frequency Warewashing equipment dishmachine N/A Not cleaned Observed a few areas inside the dish washing machine and parts of the drain and food trap screen & housing to have food debris build-up. An employee began to clean these areas. Ensure the dish washing machine is cleaned daily to prevent this build-up
Normal Equipment and Utensils, Air-Dr Clean equipment and utensil(s) N/A Dried with a cloth towel N/A
Normal Cooling methods Food item(s) cooled N/A Improperly Covered Observed the cook cover two containers of cooked rice that was placed in the one door upright cooler. Corrected by pulling back the covers to allow the rice to cool more quickly