Service Inspections: Nov. 3

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La Fiesta

2301 Tuttle Creek Blvd.

Date: Oct. 27, 2016

Reason: Regular

Result: Out of Compliance

KDA_6_50112A There is mold on the tile walls in the ware-wash area by the mechanical dish machine.

KDA_3_30412B In the large ice machine there was a metal scoop with the handle in direct contact with the ice. In the ice bin located behind the bar, there was a metal cup without a handle being stored in direct contact with the ice. Corrected on-site, removed the cup and got a scoop with a handle.

KDA_3_50116A2 “All cold holding units were checked and all foods were in compliance (unless otherwise noted in this report).” Freezers: all potentially hazardous food/temperature-controlled for safety are frozen. On the counter there were bowls of salsa (made on-site) at 68 F. The employee said they were removed from a reach-in cooler around 1:30 p.m. and the temperature was taken around 2:05 p.m. (less than four hours). Corrected on-site, placed back in the reach-in cooler. At the make table (across from the oven) there was a metal food-grade pan of sliced tomatoes at 60 F. The tomatoes were above the fill line. An employee said they were placed in the unit around 10 a.m. and the temperature was taken around 2:30 p.m. (more than four hours). Corrected on-site, discarded the excess product. There was a metal food-grade pan of shredded cheese at 47 F. An employee said he restocked the cheese around 11 a.m. and the temperature was taken around 2:30 p.m. (less than four hours). Corrected on-site, placed in the walk-in freezer to rapidly cool down. There was a metal food-grade pan of chili rellenos at 50 F (front) and 54 F (back). The person in-charge said they were placed in the unit around 10 a.m. and the temperature was taken around 2:35 p.m. (more than four hours). Corrected on-site, discarded. The ambient air temperature of the unit was reading 39.9 F. The lid to the make table was left open during the lunch rush (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

KDA_4_60111A The can opener connected to a metal food-prep table had dried food debris on the blade and was not used today. Corrected on-site, moved to the ware-wash area.

KDA_4_90311B On the utensil rack there were six metal food-grade pans stacked wet/clean and not able to properly air dry (water can hold bacteria).

4-102.11(B)(1) On the steam table there were two non-food-grade plastic bags being used to store flour and corn tortilla shells. The shells were in direct contact with the bags. Corrected on-site, removed the shell out of the bags.

KDA_4_60111C The oven-hood filters have grease build up on them. There is oil pooling along the edge of the oven hood. The person in-charge said they clean the oven hood and filters every Sunday.

KDA_3_30412D Next to the soda fountain machine, there was a cup of room temperature water with the ice scoop being stored in it. Corrected on-site, placed the ice scoop in a dry cup.

KDA_4_60213 The oven-door handles had dried food debris build up on them.

KDA_6_50111 The caulking seal around the hand sink in the food-prep area is peeling.

KDA_6_501111A In a utility closet there were seven live cockroaches. By the ice machine (old bar area) there was one live cock roach. (Note: the establishment does have a licensed routine pest control provider and the last service was on Oct. 25, 2016, no evidence of live pest documented).

KDA_3_50116A1 “All hot holding units were checked and all foods were in compliance (unless otherwise noted in this report).” At the steam table there was a metal food-grade pan of re-fried beans at 119 F. An employee said he cooked them around 11 a.m. and put them in the steam well located in the back of the kitchen. He then transferred the beans to the front steam table around 1:50 p.m. The temperature was taken around 2:20 p.m. (less than four hours). Corrected on-site, reheated on the stove.

KDA_6_501112 There were three sticky fly traps that had an accumulation of dead flies on them.

3-302.11(A)(2) In the make table by the grill there was a metal food-grade pan of raw chicken being stored directly above a metal food-grade pan of raw shrimp. Corrected on-site, rearranged the items. (Note: no leakage detected).

KDA_5_50117 There was no covered receptacle in the women’s restroom (restaurant side) for sanitary napkins.

KDA_4_50111B The door gaskets on the Hobart reach-in cooler are torn. The door gasket on the make table next to the grill is torn at the top corner. The door gaskets on the walk-in freezer/walk-in cooler are torn.

Taco John’s

214 Leavenworth Street

Date: Oct. 27, 2016

Reason: Complaint

Result: Out of Compliance

KDA_3_20215 On the can rack there was one can of mild taco sauce with a deep dent on the bottom seam, the seam was folded under the can. Corrected on-site, set in the office to return to vendor.

KDA_7_20111B In the walk-in cooler there was a bottle of aloe burn cream formula being stored directly above an open box of half and half packets and a container of mild sauce. Corrected on-site, removed the bottle.

KDA_4_50111B The True reach-in cooler (near the drive-thru) door gasket is torn.

KDA_7_20111A In the walk-in cooler there was a bottle of aloe burn cream formula being stored directly next to a container of cheese. Corrected on-site, removed the bottle.

KDA_4_90311B On the utensil rack to the left of the ice machine, there were two plastic food-grade containers and six metal food-grade containers stacked wet/clean and not able to properly air dry (water can hold bacteria.)

4-102.11(B)(1) In the walk-in cooler there was a metal food-grade container with a plastic non-food-grade bag in direct contact with cilantro. Corrected on-site, placed the cilantro in the metal food-grade container.

KDA_4_20211A2 On the utensil rack to the left of the ice machine, there was one plastic food-grade container with a crack on the side. Corrected on-site, placed it in the office.

KDA_6_50112A There is grease build up on the floor below the fryers. There is dried food debris build up on a shelf above the True reach-in freezer (by the fryers). There is trash on the floor (cups and lids) in the dry storage area.

KDA_3_50116A2 “All cold holding units were checked and all foods were in compliance (unless otherwise noted in this report).” Freezers: all potentially hazardous food/temperature-controlled for safety are frozen. At the salsa bar located in the lobby the house salsa was at 57 F. The cooler was not turned on and the ambient air temperature of the unit was reading 80 F. One of the managers said she placed the items out around 8 a.m. and the temperature was taken around 12 p.m. (at the four-hour mark). Corrected on-site, discarded. The ambient air temperature of the unit was reading 36.7 F once it was turned on and operating.

KDA_4_60111C Inside of the walk-in cooler, there is dust build up on the fan blowers.

KDA_8_30411A The current 2015-2016 food establishment license was not posted for public viewing.

KDA_4_60111A On the rack to the left of the hand washing sink, the produce dicer had dried food debris on the blades and in the rubber guard. There was also a mesh strainer that had dried food debris on the outside and stored clean. On the utensil rack to the left of the ice machine, there was a plastic container with dried food debris on the inside and stacked clean. There was also one large metal strainer with dried food debris and oil on the outside and stored clean. Corrected on-site, moved the items to the ware-wash area.

KDA_4_60211E4 At the soda fountain located in the lobby there is mold inside of the pop nozzles. At the soda fountain machine located in the drive-thru there is mold inside of the pop nozzles.

KDA_5_20314 At the service sink there are shut off valves connected to the faucet and it’s below the atmospheric vacuum breaker. The end of the green hose was below the flood rim. The black hose was connected to a chemical dispenser with a backflow preventive device. (Note: need to disconnect the shut off valves).

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Jason Tidd
Jason Tidd graduated from Kansas State University's Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2017. He was the spring 2017 editor-in-chief, fall 2016 news editor and spring 2016 assistant news editor. While at K-State, Jason played baritone in the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.