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Facility: Taqueria El Rodeo
Address: 1313 E. Pacheco Blvd Ste D, Los Banos, CA

The most recent inspection of this food facility resulted in a rating of
Satisfactory (Total Points: 12.00)
0-6  Points: Good
7-13 Points: Satisfactory
14+  Points: Unsatisfactory
Rating on date 10-23-2018: Satisfactory (Total Points: 12.00)
DateViolationPointsCorrectionInspector CommentsFacility Area
10-23-2018 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) 4.00 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.
3-DOOR PREP REFRIGERATOR: Replace the cracked/deteriorated (rough edges) black door handle on the right side door. Employee stated unit is no longer manufactured and finding a replacement part is difficult at this time. Unit is still functional. A possible solution would be to install a handle on the right side door, remove the cracked handle, and put a washable (hard plastic or stainless steel) cover over the former handle area to cover the rough edges. 0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS
10-23-2018 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.



WALK-IN REFRIGERATOR: Many containers (produce boxes and meat boxes) stored on the floor. Store food at least 6 inches off the floor. 0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS
10-23-2018 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) 4.00 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. Provide proof of valid food handler cards. Inspector's business card with contact information was given to an employee to email proof to our office. Keep copies of all food handler cards and manager's certificate on site in an easily accessible location. 0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS


Rating on date 9-14-2018: Unsatisfactory - reinspection required (Total Points: 24.00)
DateViolationPointsCorrectionInspector CommentsFacility Area
9-14-2018 Food facilities that prepare food shall be equipped with warewashing facilities. Testing equipment and materials shall be provided to measure the applicable sanitization method. (114067(f,g), 114099, 114099.1, 114099.2, 114099.3, 114099.4, 114099.5, 114099.6, 114099.7, 114101, 114101.1, 114101.2, 114103, 114107, 114125) 2.00 Provide a sink with at least 3 compartments with 2 integral metal drainboards. The sink compartments and drainage facilities shall be large enough to accommodate the largest utensil or piece of equipment to be cleaned therein.

Clean the utensils in one of the following ways:

(1) Manual warewashing shall be accomplished by using a 3-compartment sink where the utensils are first pre-cleaned, then washed, rinsed, sanitized, and air dried. The temperature of the washing solution shall be maintained at not less than 100°F or the temperature specified on the cleaning agent manufacturer's label instructions. The utensils shall then be rinsed in clear water before being immersed in a sanitizing solution. Manual sanitization shall be accomplished in the final sanitizing rinse by one of the following:
(a) Immersion for at least 30 seconds where the water temperature is maintained at 171°F or above.
(b) The application of sanitizing chemicals by immersion, manual swabbing, or brushing, using one of the following solutions:
(1) Contact with a solution of 100 ppm available chlorine solution for at least 30 seconds.
(2) Contact with a solution of 25 ppm available iodine for at least one minute.
(3) Contact with a solution of 200 ppm quaternary ammonium for at least one minute.
(4) Contact with a solution of ozone that meets the requirements of Section 180.940 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations and that is generated by a device located onsite at the food facility that meets all of the requirements of 114099.6.
(c) Other methods approved by the enforcement agency.

(2) Mechanical machine warewashing shall be accomplished by using an approved machine installed and operated in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. Soiled items to be cleaned in a warewashing machine shall be loaded in racks, trays, or baskets or onto conveyors in a position that exposes the items to the unobstructed spray during all cycles and allows the items to drain. Mechanical sanitization shall be accomplished in the final sanitizing rinse by one of the following:
(a) By being cycled through equipment achieving a utensil surface temperature of 160°F or above.
(b) The mechanical application of sanitizing chemicals by pressure spraying methods using one of the following:
(1) Contact with a solution of 50 ppm available chlorine solution for at least 30 seconds.
(2) Contact with a solution of 25 ppm available iodine for at least one minute.
(3) Contact with any chemical sanitizer that meets the requirements of Section 180.940 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations when used in accordance with both the sanitizer manufacturers use directions and the machine manufacturer's specifications.

Provide testing equipment and materials to adequately measure the applicable sanitization method.
1) 3-COMPARTMENT DISHWASHING SINK: Replace the (3) missing drain plugs so as to be able to properly wash, rinse, and sanitize dishes.

2) 3-COMPARTMENT DISHWASHING SINK AND AUTOMATIC DISHWASHER: Provide chlorine sanitizer testing strips to measure the sanitizer concentration.
0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS
9-14-2018 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) 4.00 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. 1) 1-DOOR PREP REFRIGERATOR NEAR THE HANDWASHING SINK: Provide a functional and accurate thermometer inside this unit. Repeat violation.

2) 3-DOOR PREP REFRIGERATOR: Provide a functional and accurate thermometer inside this unit.
0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS
9-14-2018 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) 4.00 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.
1) WALK-IN REFRIGERATOR: Food debris accumulation on the green shelving units. Deep cleaning required. Repeat violation.

2) WALK-IN REFRIGERATOR: Rusty green shelving units. Re-paint or replace.

3) WALK-IN REFRIGERATOR: Food debris accumulation on the interior side of the entrance door. Deep cleaning required.

4) SPICE SHELF NEAR THE WALK-IN REFRIGERATOR: Mold and food debris accumulation on the unfinished shelves. Clean. Paint shelves to provide smooth, easily cleanable, and nonabsorbent surfaces.

5) WOOD TABLE ACROSS THE WALK-IN REFRIGERATOR: Dark residue accumulation on the table. Clean. Paint to provide smooth, easily cleanable, and nonabsorbent surface.

6) STEAM TABLE: Cutting board is stained, grooved, and bent. Resurface or replace. Repeat violation.

7) 3-DOOR PREP REFRIGERATOR: Replace all (3) cracked/deteriorated black gaskets/seals around the doors.

8) 3-DOOR PREP REFRIGERATOR: Replace the cracked/deteriorated (rough edges) black door handle on the right side door. Repeat violation.

9) COOKING AREA: Grease/food debris accumulation on the floor underneath cooking equipment. Clean.

10) CHAR-GRILL: Replace the (2) missing knobs.
0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS
9-14-2018 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. TABLES UNDERNEATH THE CHAR-GRILL AND GRIDDLE: Heavy food debris (cooked meat) accumulation. Deep cleaning required. 0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS
9-14-2018 Additional information provided to facility operators 0.00 Excerpts from California Health and Safety Code, Division 104 (Environmental Health), Part 7 (California Retail Food Code), sections 113700 through 114437. See food cooling methods below:

CFRC Section 114002.
(a) Whenever food has been prepared or heated so that it becomes potentially hazardous, it shall be rapidly cooled if not held at or above 135°F.
(b) After heating or hot holding, potentially hazardous food shall be cooled rapidly from 135°F to 41°F or below within six hours and, during this time the decrease in temperature from 135*F to 70°F shall occur within two hours.
(c) Potentially hazardous food shall be cooled within four hours to 41°F or less if prepared from ingredients at ambient temperature, such as reconstituted foods and canned tuna.
(d) Except as specified in subdivision (e), a potentially hazardous food received in compliance with laws allowing a temperature above 41°F during shipment from the supplier as specified in Section 114037, shall be cooled within four hours to 41°F or less.
(e) Pasteurized milk in original, sealed containers, pasteurized milk products in original, sealed containers, raw shell eggs, and unshucked live molluscan shellfish need not comply with subdivision (c) or (d) if these foods are placed immediately upon their receipt in refrigerated equipment that maintains an ambient temperature of 45°For less.

CFRC Section 114002.1.
(a) The rapid cooling of potentially hazardous foods shall be accomplished in accordance with the time and temperature criteria specified in Section 114002 by using one or more of the following methods based on the type of food being cooled:
(1) Placing the food in shallow pans.
(2) Separating the food into smaller or thinner portions.
(3) Using rapid cooling equipment.
(4) Using containers that facilitate heat transfer.
0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS
9-14-2018 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. 3-COMPARTMENT DISHWASHING SINK: Repair or replace the stripped/loose cold water handle at the left faucet. 0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS
9-14-2018 Each food facility shall be kept free of live animals and vermin: rodents (rats, mice), cockroaches, flies.( 114259.1, 114259.4, 114259.5) 2.00 Live animals are not allowed in a food facility, except as specified in section 114259.5.

A food facility shall immediately cease operation when there is a vermin infestation that has resulted in the contamination of food contact surfaces, food packaging, utensils, food equipment, or adulteration of food(s). The food facility shall remain closed until:
(a) there is no longer evidence of a vermin infestation.
(b) all contaminated surfaces have been cleaned and sanitized.
(c) contributing factors such as cleaning, repairs, and the elimination of harborages have been resolved.

All contributing factors must be resolved as quickly as possible. If there is a vermin infestation that warrants a major violation, then the permit to operate may be suspended. Professional pest control may also be required as frequently as needed to prevent the infestation from recurring.
NEAR MOP SINK: Many live flies in this area. Resolve problem (employee believes grease bin outside near delivery door is the main contributor to the fly problem). Employee stated there is ongoing pest control service at this location. 0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS
9-14-2018 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. FOOD HANDLER CARDS: All individuals (WAIT STAFF, CHEFS, COOKS, HEAD COOKS/CHEFS, BUSSERS, BARTENDERS, BEVERAGE POURERS INCLUDING ALCOHOL BEVERAGE POURERS, HOST/HOSTESS THAT HANDLE FOOD, SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL, GENERAL MANAGERS AND OTHER MANAGERS) 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. Any person who has a valid FOOD SAFETY MANAGER CERTIFICATE does not need to obtain an additional food handler card.

Each food facility that employs a food handler shall maintain records documenting that each food handler employed has a valid food handler card or food manager certificate, and shall provide those records to the local enforcement officer upon request.
0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS
9-14-2018 Toilet facilities shall be maintained clean, sanitary and in good repair. Toilet rooms shall be separated by a well-fitting self-closing door. Toilet tissue shall be provided in a permanently installed dispenser at each toilet. The number of toilet facilities shall be in accordance with local building and plumbing ordinances. Toilet facilities shall be provided for patrons: in establishments with more than 20,000 sq ft.; establishments offering on-site food consumption. (113953, 113953.1, 113953.2, 114250, 114250.1, 114276) 2.00 Provide clean toilet facilities in good repair. Provide permanently installed toilet tissue dispenser(s) in all toilet facilities. Provide handwashing facilities within or adjacent to all toilet facilities. Soap shall be provided in dispensers at, or adjacent to, handwashing facilities. Single-use sanitary towels in dispensers or hot-air blowers shall be provided at handwashing facilities.

Customer restrooms are required for food facilities of more than 20,000 square feet if they were constructed after July 1 1984, and also applies to facilities of any size that were constructed after January 1, 2004 where there is onsite consumption of food. A "take-out only" food facility, with no seating indoors or outdoors, may not be required to provide customer restrooms. Check with the Division of Environmental Health and with the appropriate Planning Department before removing or restricting access to customer restrooms.
MEN'S RESTROOM: Replace the cracked light cover in the ceiling. 0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS
9-14-2018 Handwashing signs shall be posted in each toilet room, directing attention to the need to thoroughly wash hands after using the restroom. (113953.5)

No smoking signs shall be posted in food preparation, food storage, and warewashing areas. (113978)

Consumers shall be notified that clean tableware is to be used when they return to self-service areas such as salad bars and buffets. (114075)

Any food facility constructed before January 1, 2004 without public toilet facilities shall prominently post a sign within the food facility in a public area stating that toilet facilities are not provided. (113725.1, 114276, 114381 (e))
2.00 Post permit in a conspicuous place (It is recommended that the permit be in customer view.). Post a notice advising patrons that a copy of the most recent routine inspection report is available for review by interested parties. Keep a copy of the most recent health inspection report at the facility for customer review purposes.

Post and maintain a legible and conspicuous sign in each toilet room directing attention to the need to thoroughly wash hands after using the toilet.

Post and maintain a legible "No Smoking" sign in food preparation, food storage, and utensil washing areas.

1) WOMEN'S RESTROOM: Provide a handwashing sign near the handwashing station.

2) MEN'S RESTROOM: Provide a handwashing sign near the handwashing station.
0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS
9-14-2018 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.



1) WALK-IN REFRIGERATOR: Many containers (produce boxes and meat tubs) stored on the floor. Store food at least 6 inches off the floor.

2) DRY BEANS AND RICE CONTAINERS: Label the bins with the common food name.
0102 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 50-149 SEATS