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Facility: Carniceria 3 Hermanos
Address: 1055 W. Childs Ave., Merced, 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 7-18-2019: Satisfactory (Total Points: 8.00)
DateViolationPointsCorrectionInspector CommentsFacility Area
7-18-2019 Food shall be stored in an approved manner, in approved containers and labeled as to contents. Food shall be stored at least 6" above the floor on approved shelving. (114047, 114049, 114051, 114053, 114055, 114067(h), 114069) 4.00 Provide adequate and suitable space for the storage of food. Store food at least 6 inches off the floor. Store bulk food not stored in original packaging in containers identifying the food by common name. Food shall not be stored in locker rooms, restrooms, dressing rooms, refuse areas, or mechanical rooms; under open stairwells; under lines on which water has condensed; under leaking water lines, including leaking automatic fire sprinkler heads: or under sewer lines that are not shielded to intercept potential drips.

Only prepackaged nonpotentially hazardous food or uncut produce may be displayed or sold outdoors by a food facility if outdoor displays have overhead protection that extends over all food items, and if all food items from the outdoor display are stored inside the fully enclosed food facility at all times other than during business hours.

Products that are held by the permit holder for credit, redemption, or return to the distributor, such as damaged, spoiled, or recalled products, shall be segregated and held in designated areas that are separated from food, equipment, utensils, linens, and single-use articles. All returned or damaged food products and food products from which the label has been removed shall be separated and stored in a separate area and in a manner that shall prevent adulteration of other foods and shall not contribute to a vermin problem.



REPEAT: Observed large plastic buckets with cheese/ other food items sitting directly on the floor in the lefthand walk in cooler in the meat area. Also observed some cases of meat items sitting directly on the floor in both walk in coolers and in the area outside the walk in cooler, employees state meat order was just received this morning and is still in the process of being put away. Ensure that all food is stored on smooth and easily cleanable storage surfaces that are a minimum of six inches off the floor. 0111 RETAIL MARKET 2001-6000 SQFT
7-18-2019 Handwashing soap and single use towels or drying device shall be provided in dispensers adjacent to each handwashing facility; dispensers shall be maintained in good repair. (113953.2) Adequate separate facilities shall be provided for handwashing, food preparation, and the washing of utensils and equipment. (113953, 113953.1) 4.00 Handwashing facilities shall be sufficient in number and conveniently located so as to be accessible at all times for use by food employees. Employees shall not clean their hands in a sink used for food preparation, warewashing, or in a service sink or a curbed cleaning facility used for the disposal of mop water and similar liquid waste. Do not place objects in front of the handwashing station, and do not place items, utensils or wiping cloths in the handwashing sink.

Handwashing facilities shall be equipped to provide warm water under pressure for a minimum of 15 seconds. If the temperature of water provided is not readily adjustable at the faucet, the temperature of the water shall be at least 100°F, but not greater than 108°F. Soap shall be provided in approved dispensers at, or adjacent to, handwashing facilities (no bars of soap). Single-use sanitary towels or hot-air blowers shall be provided at handwashing facilities in approved dispensing devices.
REPEAT: Observed the only handwashing sink in the meat counter area was blocked with a mop bucket and a large cup in the sink. Dishes and mop bucket immediately relocated. It is extremely important that handwashing facilities are always available for handwashing purposes, and that handwashing sinks are used for no other purpose, especially as this is the only handwashing sink in the meat cutting area. Due to REPEAT status on this violation, recommend a visual indicator (such as a wide red line) on the floor area in front of the handwashing sink to remind staff to always keep the area clear. Failure to provide adequate access to handwashing facilities in a food preparation area. Corrected during inspection. 0111 RETAIL MARKET 2001-6000 SQFT


Rating on date 6-10-2019: Unsatisfactory - reinspection required (Total Points: 19.00)
DateViolationPointsCorrectionInspector CommentsFacility Area
6-10-2019 Potentially hazardous foods shall be held at or below 41°/ 45°F or at or above 135°F. (113996, 113998, 114037, 114343(a)) 2.00 Hold potentially hazardous foods either at or above 135°F or at or below 41°F. Hold the following potentially hazardous foods at 45°F: raw shell eggs, unshucked live molluscan shellfish, pasteurized milk and pasteurized milk products in original, sealed containers. Potentially hazardous foods held for dispensing in a serving line or a salad bar (not in a display case) may be held at 45°F or less during periods not to exceed 12 hours in any 24-hour period. Discard all potentially hazardous food that has been out of an approved time and temperature range. Observed display cooler nearest three comp sink is holdinig items between 40-49 degrees. Repairman called. Items relocated to alternate glass door display cooler. Do not use this display cooler for the display or storage of PHF food items until shown capable of consistently holding temperature at or below 41 degrees at all times.

REMINDER: large containers of crema (such as five gallon size buckets) may only be re-portioned for sale **AFTER** a request from a customer is made. Do not 'pre-portion' dairy items without a dairy plant license / pasteurization of items after they have been repackaged, unless in response to an individual customer request.
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6-10-2019 Handwashing soap and single use towels or drying device shall be provided in dispensers adjacent to each handwashing facility; dispensers shall be maintained in good repair. (113953.2) Adequate separate facilities shall be provided for handwashing, food preparation, and the washing of utensils and equipment. (113953, 113953.1) 2.00 Handwashing facilities shall be sufficient in number and conveniently located so as to be accessible at all times for use by food employees. Employees shall not clean their hands in a sink used for food preparation, warewashing, or in a service sink or a curbed cleaning facility used for the disposal of mop water and similar liquid waste. Do not place objects in front of the handwashing station, and do not place items, utensils or wiping cloths in the handwashing sink.

Handwashing facilities shall be equipped to provide warm water under pressure for a minimum of 15 seconds. If the temperature of water provided is not readily adjustable at the faucet, the temperature of the water shall be at least 100°F, but not greater than 108°F. Soap shall be provided in approved dispensers at, or adjacent to, handwashing facilities (no bars of soap). Single-use sanitary towels or hot-air blowers shall be provided at handwashing facilities in approved dispensing devices.
Observed the only handwashing sink in the meat counter area was blocked with multiple stacked trays and dishes. Dishes immediately relocated. Low wire rack shelf immediately over sink also making handwashing access a challenge. Low hanging shelf immediately removed. It is extremely important that handwashing facilities are always available for handwashing purposes, and that handwashing sinks are used for no other purpose. Failure to provide adequate access to handwashing facilities in a food preparation area. Corrected during inspection. 0111 RETAIL MARKET 2001-6000 SQFT
6-10-2019 Food employees shall keep their hands and exposed portions of their arms clean, and shall maaintain fingernails so they are cleanable. Employees are required to wash their hands: before beginning work; before handling food / equipment / utensils; as often as necessary during food preparation to remove soil and contamination; when switching from working with raw to ready-to-eat foods; after touching body parts; after using the toilet room; or any time when contamination may occur. (113952, 113953.3, 113968, 113973 (b-f)). Whenever gloves are worn, they shall be changed as often as handwashing is required. 7.00 The food employee shall wash their hands and portion of arms as required, and use utensils and gloves appropriately. Observed one employee preparing to don new gloves, visible residue on the forearms, was not at or near the handwashing sink. Employee stopped, instructed to always wash hands / exposed forearm areas prior to donning a new pair of gloves each time gloves are changed, to minimize the potential for cross contamination / reduce residue transfer to other surfaces (such as handles on coolers, counters, etc). Only handwash sink is located at the far end of the prep area past the three compartment sink. It is extremely important all employees are properly trained and consistently perform handwashing any time a change in activities is to occur, and / or whenever soiled gloves are removed and immediately prior to donning new / clean gloves. Retrain all employees for proper handwashing procedures. 0111 RETAIL MARKET 2001-6000 SQFT
6-10-2019 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) 2.00 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 condensate appears to be leaking onto the floor in the meat area walk in cooler, wet cardboard on the floor. Remove wet cardboard. Investigate / repair source of water leaking on the floor. Keep trash / debris off floor to reduce contamination potential. 0111 RETAIL MARKET 2001-6000 SQFT
6-10-2019 Food shall be stored in an approved manner, in approved containers and labeled as to contents. Food shall be stored at least 6" above the floor on approved shelving. (114047, 114049, 114051, 114053, 114055, 114067(h), 114069) 2.00 Provide adequate and suitable space for the storage of food. Store food at least 6 inches off the floor. Store bulk food not stored in original packaging in containers identifying the food by common name. Food shall not be stored in locker rooms, restrooms, dressing rooms, refuse areas, or mechanical rooms; under open stairwells; under lines on which water has condensed; under leaking water lines, including leaking automatic fire sprinkler heads: or under sewer lines that are not shielded to intercept potential drips.

Only prepackaged nonpotentially hazardous food or uncut produce may be displayed or sold outdoors by a food facility if outdoor displays have overhead protection that extends over all food items, and if all food items from the outdoor display are stored inside the fully enclosed food facility at all times other than during business hours.

Products that are held by the permit holder for credit, redemption, or return to the distributor, such as damaged, spoiled, or recalled products, shall be segregated and held in designated areas that are separated from food, equipment, utensils, linens, and single-use articles. All returned or damaged food products and food products from which the label has been removed shall be separated and stored in a separate area and in a manner that shall prevent adulteration of other foods and shall not contribute to a vermin problem.



Observed large plastic buckets with salsa / other food items siitting directly on the floor in the right hand walk in cooler in the meat area. Ensure that all food is stored on smooth and easily cleanable storage surfaces that are a minimum of six inches off the floor. 0111 RETAIL MARKET 2001-6000 SQFT
6-10-2019 The potable water supply shall be protected with a backflow or back siphonage protection device, as required by applicable plumbing codes. (114192) All plumbing and plumbing fixtures shall be installed in compliance with local plumbing ordinances, shall be maintained so as to prevent any contamination, and shall be kept clean, fully operative, and in good repair. Any hose used for conveying potable water shall be of approved materials, labeled, properly stored, and used for no other purpose. (114171, 114189.1, 114190, 114192.1, 114193, 114193.1, 114195, 114197, 114199, 114201, 114269) 4.00 All plumbing and plumbing fixtures shall be installed in compliance with local plumbing ordinances, shall be maintained so as to prevent any contamination, and shall be kept clean, fully operative, and in good repair. REPEAT: Observed lack of one inch minimum air gap between the drain lines under the three compartment sink and the rim height of the floor sink. Repair or modify drain lines so that the distance between the lowest edge of the drain lines and the height of the floor sink rim allows for a minimum of a one inch air gap. 0111 RETAIL MARKET 2001-6000 SQFT


Rating on date 4-13-2018: Satisfactory (Total Points: 10.00)
DateViolationPointsCorrectionInspector CommentsFacility Area
4-13-2018 All food employees shall have adequate knowledge of and be trained in food safety as it relates to their assigned duties. The person in charge shall have adequate knowledge of, and shall educate employees of the food facility regarding major food allergens. (113947) Food facilities that prepare, handle or serve non-prepackaged potentially hazardous food, shall have an employee who has passed an approved food safety certification examination. (113947-113947.1) 2.00 The responsibilities of the staff member certified in food safety include ensuring that all employees who handle, or have responsibility for handling, unpackaged foods of any kind have sufficient knowledge to ensure the safe preparation and /or service of the food. The nature and extent of the knowledge that each employee is required to have may be tailored, as appropriate, to the employee's duties related to food safety issues. Observed one employee wiping his gloves with a cleaning cloth and had to be reminded to change them. Employees inadequately trained.

All individuals who are involved in the preparation, storage or service of food, including their supervisors, must have a Food Handler Card. The card must be obtained from a California Department of Health Services approved food handler card examination, and must be less than three years old. Exceptions: Facilities subject to collective bargaining agreements, facilities with approved in-house training, grocery stores, stores which are primarily pharmacies, school cafeterias, health care facilities, certain nutrition programs for the elderly, government-run facilities such as jails and camps, certified farmers markets, commissaries, mobile support units, bed and breakfasts, and snack bars in theaters and amusement parks. Note, however, that full service restaurants within amusement parks are not exempt.
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4-13-2018 An adequate, protected, pressurized, potable supply of hot water and cold water shall be provided at all times. (113953(c), 114099.2(b) 114101(a), 114189, 114192, 114192.1, 114195) 2.00 Provide hot and cold water under pressure through a mixing valve to each sink compartment. The water supply shall be from a water system approved by the health officer or the state department. An adequate, protected, pressurized, potable supply of hot water, at least 120°F, and cold water shall be provided.

Handwashing facilities shall be equipped to provide warm water under pressure for a minimum of 15 seconds. If the temperature of water provided is not readily adjustable at the faucet, the temperature of the water shall be at least 100°F, but not greater than 108°F. Handwashing facilities shall be sufficient in number and conveniently located so as to be accessible at all times for use by food employees
Observed the water at the three compartment sink reached 115°F then dropped. Provide hot and cold water under pressure through a mixing valve to each sink compartment. Hot water shall be at least 120ºF. Warm tempered water may be substituted for hot and cold water at handwashing sinks. 0111 RETAIL MARKET 2001-6000 SQFT
4-13-2018 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) 2.00 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 the containers in the walk in meat refrigerator did not have handles and were submerged in the liquid. Do not store then in the food products and use scoops with handles.

Observed a cutoff plastic being used as a scoop in the liquid seasoning in the walk in meat refrigerator. Removed ml thrown away during inspection.

Observed a orange container with rope handles in meat walk in refrigerator that is rated for household use / not marked as rated for commercial use. Remove or replace all non commercially rated equipment. All new and replacement food-related and utensil-related equipment shall be certified or classified for sanitation by an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited certification program / approved for commercial use.

Observed improved cleaning required behind the handles of the three door freezer. Clean.
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4-13-2018 The potable water supply shall be protected with a backflow or back siphonage protection device, as required by applicable plumbing codes. (114192) All plumbing and plumbing fixtures shall be installed in compliance with local plumbing ordinances, shall be maintained so as to prevent any contamination, and shall be kept clean, fully operative, and in good repair. Any hose used for conveying potable water shall be of approved materials, labeled, properly stored, and used for no other purpose. (114171, 114189.1, 114190, 114192.1, 114193, 114193.1, 114195, 114197, 114199, 114201, 114269) 2.00 All plumbing and plumbing fixtures shall be installed in compliance with local plumbing ordinances, shall be maintained so as to prevent any contamination, and shall be kept clean, fully operative, and in good repair. Observed lack of one inch minimum air gap between the drain lines under the three compartment sink and the rim height of the floor sink. Repair or modify drain lines so that the distance between the lowest edge of the drain lines and the height of the floor sink rim allows for a minimum of a one inch air gap. 0111 RETAIL MARKET 2001-6000 SQFT
4-13-2018 All nonfood contact surfaces of utensils and equipment shall be clean. (114115, 114130.4) 2.00 Clean nonfood contact surfaces of equipment at a frequency necessary to prevent accumulation of residue. Observed dirt, grime, and / or food particle buildup on floor under the three door freezer. 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. 0111 RETAIL MARKET 2001-6000 SQFT