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Facility: Taqueria El Huarache
Address: 3115 R St., 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 1-18-2019: Satisfactory (Total Points: 8.00)
DateViolationPointsCorrectionInspector CommentsFacility Area
1-18-2019 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 the front employee needs a current food handler card. 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. 0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
1-18-2019 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 the restroom sink counter is cracked. Repair. 0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
1-18-2019 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 dirt, grime, and / or food particle buildup behind equipment handles and on refrigerator seals. 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 a new salsa self service refrigerator. The sneeze guard doesn't protect it on two sides. Evaluate and repair ir move unit to provide proper protection.
0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
1-18-2019 Exhaust hoods shall be provided to remove toxic gases, heat, grease, vapors, and smoke and be approved by the local building department. Canopy-type hoods shall extend 6" beyond all cooking equipment. All areas shall have sufficient ventilation to facilitate proper food storage. Toilet rooms shall be vented to the outside air by a screened openable window, an air shaft, or a light-switch activated exhaust fan, consistent with local building codes. (114149, 114149.1) Adequate lighting shall be provided in all areas to facilitate cleaning and inspection. Light fixtures in areas where open food is stored, served, prepared, and where utensils are washed shall be of shatterproof construction or protected with light shields. (114149.2, 114149.3, 114252, 114252.1) 2.00 All areas shall have sufficient ventilation to facilitate proper food storage and to provide a reasonable condition of comfort for each employee, consistent with the job performed by the employee.

Light fixtures in areas where food is prepared, open food is stored, or utensils are cleaned shall be of shatterproof construction or shall be protected with shatterproof shields and shall be readily cleanable. In every room and area in which any food is prepared, manufactured, processed, or prepackaged, or in which equipment or utensils are cleaned, sufficient natural or artificial lighting shall be provided to produce the following light intensity, while the area is in use:
(a) At least 10-foot candles for the following:
(1) At a distance of 30 inches above the floor, in walk-in refrigeration units, and dry food storage areas.
(2) At a working surface on which alcoholic beverages are prepared or where utensils used in the preparation or service of alcoholic beverages are cleaned.
(3) Inside equipment, such as reach-in or under-the-counter refrigerators.
(b) At least 20-foot candles for the following:
(1) At a surface where food is provided for consumer self-service or where fresh produce or prepackaged foods are sold or offered for consumption.
(2) In server stations where food is prepared.
(3) At a distance of 30 inches above the floor in areas used for handwashing, warewashing, and equipment and utensil storage, and in toilet rooms.
(c) Except in server stations where food is prepared, at least 50-foot candles at a surface where a food employee is working with food or working with utensils or equipment such as knives, slicers, grinders, or saws where employee safety is a factor.
Observed the fryer was not located under the hood properly. Move within the hood a minimum if 6 inches. 0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)


Rating on date 12-28-2017: Good (Total Points: 0.00)
DateViolationPointsCorrectionInspector CommentsFacility Area
12-28-2017 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. All violations from the previous inspection have been corrected. 0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)


Rating on date 11-28-2017: Unsatisfactory - reinspection required (Total Points: 26.00)
DateViolationPointsCorrectionInspector CommentsFacility Area
11-28-2017 All food employees preparing, serving or handling food or utensils shall wear clean, washable outer garments or uniforms and shall wear a hairnet, cap, or other suitable covering to confine hair. (113969, 113971) 0.00 Food employees shall wear clean outer clothing to prevent contamination of food, equipment, utensils, linens, and single-use articles. All food employees preparing, serving, or handling food or utensils shall wear hair restraints such as hats, hair coverings, or nets that are designed and worn to effectively keep their hair from contacting nonprepackaged food, clean equipment, utensils, linens, and unwrapped single-use articles. This requirement does not apply to food employees such as counter staff who only serve beverages and wrapped or prepackaged foods, hostesses, and wait staff, if they present a minimal risk of contaminating nonprepackaged food, clean equipment, utensils, linens, and unwrapped single-use articles.

0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
11-28-2017 Any potentially hazardous foods cooked, cooled and subsequently reheated for hot holding or serving shall be brought to a minimum temperature of 165°F. (114014, 114016) 14.00 If, at the conclusion of the reheating process, it is discovered that the minimum reheating temperature has not been achieved, the reheating process should be continued until the food reaches the required temperature within the time frame allowed. If it is determined that the food has not been reheated in conformance with required procedures and has already been placed in a hot holding unit, the food shall be voluntarily discarded or impounded. REPEAT VIOLATION
Observed pork meat in the steam table at 89 F. Pork was thrown away during inspection. Reheating for hot holding shall be done rapidly, and the time the food is between 41ºF and 165ºF shall not exceed two hours. All parts of the food shall reach a temperature of at least 165ºF for 15 seconds. Ready-to-eat food taken from a commercially processed, hermetically sealed container, or from an intact package from a food processing plant shall be heated to a temperature of at least 135ºF for hot holding. If you wish to reheat unsliced roasts to a temperature that is less than 165ºF for hot holding, consult Section 114004 for options. Note that cooked and refrigerated food that is prepared for immediate service in response to an individual consumer order may be served at any temperature.

Food cannot be reheated in the steam table.
0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
11-28-2017 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.
REPEAT VIOLATION
Observed black and yellow plastic containers holding chips and produce 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. New containers on order.
0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
11-28-2017 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. REPEAT VIOLATION
Observed an employee that was lacking the food handler card. 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.
0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
11-28-2017 Wiping cloths used to wipe service counters, scales or other surfaces that may come into contact with food shall be used only once unless kept in clean water with sanitizer. (114135, 11485, 114185.1, 11485.2, 114185.3) 4.00 Cloths used to wipe service counters, scales, and other surfaces that may directly or indirectly contact food shall be used only once until laundered or may be used repeatedly if held in a sanitizing solution, as described below. Cloths used with raw foods of animal origin shall be used only once until laundered or may be used repeatedly if kept in a separate container of sanitizing solution, as described below:
(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 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 the manufacturer's use directions.
REPEAT VIOLATION
Observed cleaning cloths sitting on the cutting boards. Keep inside a sanitizer solution to be reused.
0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)


Rating on date 10-26-2017: Unsatisfactory - reinspection required (Total Points: 29.00)
DateViolationPointsCorrectionInspector CommentsFacility Area
10-26-2017 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 the cold water of the front hand sink is causing the faucet to leak. Repair.

Observed the hot water handle is misting at the three compartment sink. Repair.

Observed the mop sink has been removed from the employee restroom. A mop sink is required. Provide.
0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
10-26-2017 Any potentially hazardous foods cooked, cooled and subsequently reheated for hot holding or serving shall be brought to a minimum temperature of 165°F. (114014, 114016) 7.00 If, at the conclusion of the reheating process, it is discovered that the minimum reheating temperature has not been achieved, the reheating process should be continued until the food reaches the required temperature within the time frame allowed. If it is determined that the food has not been reheated in conformance with required procedures and has already been placed in a hot holding unit, the food shall be voluntarily discarded or impounded. Observed pork meat in the steam table at 74 F. Pork moved to stove and reheated to 165°F during inspection. Reheating for hot holding shall be done rapidly, and the time the food is between 41ºF and 165ºF shall not exceed two hours. All parts of the food shall reach a temperature of at least 165ºF for 15 seconds. Ready-to-eat food taken from a commercially processed, hermetically sealed container, or from an intact package from a food processing plant shall be heated to a temperature of at least 135ºF for hot holding. If you wish to reheat unsliced roasts to a temperature that is less than 165ºF for hot holding, consult Section 114004 for options. Note that cooked and refrigerated food that is prepared for immediate service in response to an individual consumer order may be served at any temperature. 0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
10-26-2017 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 an employee that was lacking the food handler card. 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. 0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
10-26-2017 Food shall be thawed under refrigeration, completely submerged under cold running water of sufficient velocity to flush loose particles, in a microwave oven, or during the cooking process. (114018, 114020, 114020.1) 7.00 Frozen potentially hazardous food shall only be thawed in one of the following ways:
(a) Under refrigeration that maintains the food temperature at 41°F or below.
(b) Completely submerged under potable running water for a period not to exceed two hours at a water temperature of 70°F or below, and with sufficient water velocity to agitate and flush off loose particles into the sink drain.
(c) In a microwave oven if immediately followed by immediate preparation.
(d) As part of a cooking process.
Failure to thaw potentially hazardous frozen foods in an approved manner. Observed multiple buckets of meat thawing at room temperature. Thaw as directed above. Corrected during inspection. 0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
10-26-2017 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 a buildup of meat juices on the inside bottom of the two door True freezer. Clean

Observed food debris built up on the equipment handles. Clean.

Observed black and yellow plastic containers holding chips and produce 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.
0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
10-26-2017 Wiping cloths used to wipe service counters, scales or other surfaces that may come into contact with food shall be used only once unless kept in clean water with sanitizer. (114135, 11485, 114185.1, 11485.2, 114185.3) 2.00 Cloths used to wipe service counters, scales, and other surfaces that may directly or indirectly contact food shall be used only once until laundered or may be used repeatedly if held in a sanitizing solution, as described below. Cloths used with raw foods of animal origin shall be used only once until laundered or may be used repeatedly if kept in a separate container of sanitizing solution, as described below:
(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 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 the manufacturer's use directions.
Observed cleaning cloths sitting on the cutting boards. Keep inside a sanitizer solution to be reused. 0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
10-26-2017 All potentially hazardous food shall be RAPIDLY cooled from 135°F to 70°F, within 2 hours, and then from 70°F to 41°F, within 4 hours. Cooling shall be by one or more of the methods outlined below. (114002, 114002.1) 7.00 Destroy all contaminated food. All potentially hazardous food must be rapidly cooled within the following time frames: from 135°F to 41°F or below within 6 hours and, during this time the decrease in temperature from 135°F to 70°F shall occur within the first 2 hours. Potentially hazardous food prepared from ingredients at ambient temperature shall be cooled within 4 hours to 41°F or less.

The rapid cooling of potentially hazardous foods shall be accomplished in accordance with the time and temperature criteria specified above 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.
(5) Adding ice as an ingredient.
(6) Using ice paddles.
(7) Inserting appropriately designed containers in an ice bath and stirring frequently.
(8) In accordance with an approved HACCP plan or by other means that have been approved by the Division of Environmental Health.
Observed multiple container of meat products being cooled out on the counter near the cook line. Failure to protect cooling food from overhead contamination. When placed in refrigeration, food containers in which food is being cooled shall be arranged in the equipment to provide maximum heat transfer through the container walls, and shall be either loosely covered or, if protected from overhead contamination, uncovered during the cooling period to facilitate heat transfer from the surface of the food. Moved during inspection to the walk in refrigerator. 0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)