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Facility: El Pollo Loco #3424
Address: 613 W Olive Ave., Merced, CA

The most recent inspection of this food facility resulted in a rating of
Good (Total Points: 2.00)
0-6  Points: Good
7-13 Points: Satisfactory
14+  Points: Unsatisfactory
Rating on date 11-13-2020: Good (Total Points: 2.00)
DateViolationPointsCorrectionInspector CommentsFacility Area
11-13-2020 All utensils and equipment shall be fully operative, clean, and in good repair. (114115, 114175). All utensils and equipment shall be approved, installed properly, and meet applicable standards. (114130, 114130.1, 114130.2, 114130.3, 114130.4, 114130.5, 114130.6, 114132, 114133, 114137, 114139, 114143, 114153, 114155, 114163, 114165, 114167, 114169, 114172, 114175, 114177, 114180, 114182) 1.00 Equipment food-contact surfaces and utensils shall be clean to sight and touch. The food-contact surfaces of cooking equipment and pans shall be kept free of encrusted grease deposits and other debris accumulations.

Keep all food facilities, and all utensils, display cases, windows, counters, shelves, tables, refrigeration units, sinks, dishwashing machines, and other equipment or utensils used in the storage, preparation, sale, service, and display of food, clean, fully operative, and in good repair.

The non-food-contact surfaces of equipment shall be kept free of an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, and other debris. Equipment shall be reassembled so that food-contact surfaces are not contaminated.
Observed time marking stickers for food items are being applied to handles and refrigerators. Discontinue application to the surface of equipment. Recommend applying to a magnet or similar that can be removed to allow for easy cleaning.

Observed dirt, grime, and / or food particle buildup on behind food equipment handles. Improve cleaning frequency and 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.

Observed rust and ice build up inside the walk in freezer. Evaluate and repair.
11-13-2020 An accurate easily readable metal probe thermometer suitable for measuring temperature of food shall be available to the food handler. A thermometer +/- 2°F shall be provided for each hot and cold holding unit of potentially hazardous foods and high temperature warewashing machines. (114157, 114159) 1.00 Have a thermometer accurate to within 2°F or 1°C in each hot and cold holding unit. Have a metal probe type thermometer readily available on premises (to all appropriate staff) that is calibrated in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications as necessary to ensure accuracy. Observed lack of thermometers in a couple cooling units including a single door freezer and the walk in refrigerator. Place a thermometer accurate to within 2ºF in each hot holding unit, as practicable. Note that product mimicking sensors placed in devices located in the unit may be approved in lieu of an ambient air sensor. 0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS