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Facility: La Morenita Restaurant #4
Address: 242 Main St. #C, Livingston, CA

The most recent inspection of this food facility resulted in a rating of
Satisfactory (Total Points: 8.00)
0-6  Points: Good
7-13 Points: Satisfactory
14+  Points: Unsatisfactory
Rating on date 3-28-2019: Satisfactory (Total Points: 8.00)
DateViolationPointsCorrectionInspector CommentsFacility Area
3-28-2019 All food shall be separated and protected from contamination. (113984, 113986, 113988, 113990, 114060, 114067, 114069, 114077, 114079, 114089.1 (c), 114143 (c)) 2.00 Destroy all contaminated food. All food shall be prepared, stored, displayed, dispensed, placed, transported, sold, and served as to be protected from dirt, vermin, unnecessary handling, droplet contamination, overhead leakage, or other contamination.
If unpackaged food is displayed and sold in bulk in other than self-service containers, then it shall be served by an employee of the food establishment directly to a consumer and shall be displayed in clean, sanitary, and covered or otherwise protected containers.
For bulk customer self-service food items, such as salad bars, buffet type foods, and other ready-to-eat food, install sneeze guards that intercept a direct line between the customer's mouth and the food being offered, dispense from approved mechanical dispensers, or employ other effective means to protect ready-to-eat food from contamination.
Protect all cartons, boxes, or other materials used in the packaging of any food from dirt, vermin, and other forms of contamination or adulteration.
Observed multiple items in various locations that were uncovered / not protected from potential contamination:
- pot of tortilla chips by hot holding line
- baskets of chips near stove for table service
- cups of salsa / cabbage on shelf in refrigerator
- sliced lemons by drink fountain area
- entire flip top cold holding cooler (upper section)
- pan of refried beans, rice, sauces, etc on the hot holding line

Ensure all food not under diligent preparation is appropriately covered with non porous lids or disposable covering material (no terry cloth towels) to protect from potential contamination. Try to configure frequently accessed areas such that proper behavior is not discouraged (such as avoiding placing tortilla chip portions in a way that they will fall if the lid of the flip top cooler is closed).
3-28-2019 All nonfood contact surfaces of utensils and equipment shall be clean. (114115, 114130.4) 4.00 Clean nonfood contact surfaces of equipment at a frequency necessary to prevent accumulation of residue. (1) SECOND REPEAT: Observed dirt, grime, and / or food particle buildup still present on filters of exhaust hood, as well as on the painted cinderblock wall behind the stove area in general. Also having cleaning issues related to cinderblock texture in other areas around the kitchen. Increase cleaning frequency and improve methods to ensure all equipment is kept in an appropriate state of cleanliness; ensure all equipment surfaces are smooth and easily cleanable, and all potential food contact surfaces are sanitized on a regular basis.

NOTE: Observed that the painted cinderblock texture is rough, and the galvanized backsplash material above the sink is starting to show minor signs of rusting on the very bottom edge. Recommend resurfacing the entire wall above / below / behind / beside the three compartment sink and behind / beside the stove area with material that is smooth and easy to clean, such as FRP or stainless steel material to improve the ease of cleaning.

(2) Observed minor accumulation of food residue / debris material on the lids of dry ingredient (rice / bean) storage bins. Increase the cleaning of food storage container surface exteriors, so as to prevent the accumulation of residue that could become a source of cross contamination when staff are getting food / ingredients out of storage bins.
3-28-2019 All food waste and rubbish shall be kept in leak proof and rodent proof containers. Containers shall be covered at all times. All waste must be removed and disposed of as frequently as necessary to prevent a nuisance. The exterior premises of each food facility shall be kept clean and free of litter and rubbish. (114244, 114245, 114245.1, 114245.2, 114245.3, 114245.4, 114245.5, 114245.6, 114245.7) 2.00 Maintain storage areas, enclosures, and receptacles for refuse, recyclables, and returnables in good repair. Store receptacles and waste handling units for refuse, recyclables, and returnables so as to not create a public health hazard or nuisance or interfere with the cleaning of adjacent space. Trash containers inside a food facility need not be covered during periods of operation unless leaving them uncovered creates a public health hazard or nuisance or interferes with the cleaning of adjacent space. Remove refuse, recyclables, and returnables from the premises at a frequency that will minimize the development of objectionable odors and other conditions that attract or harbor insects and rodents. SECOND REPEAT: Observed the outside grease box unit was still significantly dirty on its exterior, spilled grease on the ground next to the main grease bin. Staff reports that bin was emptied yesterday, likely the spilled grease is from the pickup company. Increase cleaning frequency and efficacy so as to reduce grease accumulation so as to prevent vermin attraction / infestation. 0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
3-28-2019 No violations were noted during this inspection. 0.00 This food facility currently meets California Retail Food Code requirements, and is authorized by the Merced County Division of Environmental Health to be open for business. The permit is issued to the current business owner of record and is non-transferable. No violations noted during the most recent health inspection in the COMMISSSARY / OPEN FOOD PREP ALLOWED portion of the food facility. 0145 COMMISSARY / OPEN FOOD PREP ALLOWED