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Facility: Buy N Save Market
Address: 225 7th St, Los Banos, CA

The most recent inspection of this food facility resulted in a rating of
Good (Total Points: 5.00)
0-6  Points: Good
7-13 Points: Satisfactory
14+  Points: Unsatisfactory
Rating on date 1-27-2021: Good (Total Points: 5.00)
DateViolationPointsCorrectionInspector CommentsFacility Area
1-27-2021 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. TAQUERIA 2-DOOR TRUE PREP REFRIGERATOR: Replace the missing thermometer. 0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
1-27-2021 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) 1.00 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.
TAQUERIA 3-COMPARTMENT SINK: Facility had quaternary ammonium test strips but was still awaiting for a delivery of quaternary ammonium sanitizer. A chlorine sanitizer was provided during the inspection but no chlorine test strips were available. Obtain chlorine test strips. 0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
1-27-2021 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) 0.00 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) TAQUERIA 3-DOOR TALL TRUE FREEZER: Right side door gasket is heavily cracked. Repair or replace. (Operated stated unit will be replaced by a walk-in freezer soon)

2) TAQUERIA 3-DOOR TALL TRUE FREEZER: Heavy ice buildup inside near the fans and the door frame edges. Clean and evaluate what could be causing the ice buildup.

3) TAQUERIA 2-DOOR TRUE PREP REFRIGERATOR: Repair or replace the heavily grooved/scratched/moldy cutting board.

4) TAQUERIA WALK-IN REFRIGERATOR: Green paint was peeling off the shelving units. Repair or replace.
0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
1-27-2021 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) 1.00 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.
LARGE EXHAUST HOOD: Replace the missing shatterproof light cover. 0101 FOOD ESTAB. W/FOOD PREP 0-49 SEATS (HM4)
1-27-2021 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. NEW WALK-IN FREEZER INSTALLATION: Plan review and approval from our office is required prior to the installation of the walk-in unit. Installation without pre-approval may cause the removal of installed items if they do not meet current food code. Please contact Shannon Warkentin (209) 381-1082 or Shannon.Warkentin@countyofmerced.com for plan review submittal requirements. 0111 RETAIL MARKET 2001-6000 SQFT
1-27-2021 The walls / ceilings shall have durable, smooth, nonabsorbent, light-colored, and washable surfaces. All floor surfaces, other than the customer service areas, shall be approved, smooth, durable and made of nonabsorbent material that is easily cleanable. Approved base coving shall be provided in all areas, except customer service areas and where food is stored in original unopened containers. Food facilities shall be fully enclosed. All food facilities shall be kept clean and in good repair. (114065, 114067, 114069, 114175, 114143, 114257, 114259.2, 114266, 114268, 114268.1, 114271, 114272) 1.00 All food facilities shall be kept clean, fully operative, and in good repair. Floor surfaces in all areas in which food is prepared, packaged or stored, where any utensil is washed, where refuse or garbage is stored, where janitorial facilities are located, and in all restrooms and hand washing areas shall be smooth and of durable construction and made from non absorbent material that is easily cleanable.

Each permanent food facility shall be fully enclosed in a building consisting of permanent floors, walls, and an overhead structure that meets minimum standards. Food facilities that are not fully enclosed on all sides and that are in operation on January 1, 1985, shall not be required to meet the requirements of this section until the facility is remodeled or has a significant menu change or a change in its method of operation. Full enclosure is not required for dining areas and certain other areas when approved for outdoor food services.
1) MOP SINK ROOM: Dark residue accumulation on the exterior door near the door handle. Clean.

2) MEAT DEPARTMENT: Cover the hole in the wall near the handwashing sink.
0111 RETAIL MARKET 2001-6000 SQFT
1-27-2021 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.
1) SODA MACHINE/COFFEE AREA: Residue accumulation inside some storage cabinets (especially in the trash container areas). Clean. Update: Correction photos were emailed to our office on 2/4/21.

2) SODA MACHINE/COFFEE AREA: Storage cabinet underneath the Red Bull mini refrigerator had moisture damage on the bottom right shelf area. Repair. Update: Correction photos were emailed to our office on 2/4/21.

3) MILK/CHEESE REACH-IN REFRIGERATOR: Mold accumulation on some shelves. Clean.

4) MILK/CHEESE REACH-IN REFRIGERATOR: Discontinue using cardboard as shelf liners as they are not smooth, easily cleanable, and non-absorbent.

5) WALK-IN BEVERAGE REFRIGERATOR: Mold accumulation on some shelves. Clean.

6) WALK-IN BEVERAGE REFRIGERATOR: Discontinue using cardboard as shelf liners as they are not smooth, easily cleanable, and non-absorbent.

7) WALK-IN MEAT REFRIGERATOR IN THE BACK STORAGE AREA: Heavy dried blood accumulation on the floor underneath all shelving units. Deep cleaning required. Update: Correction photos were emailed to our office on 2/4/21.

8) WALK-IN MEAT REFRIGERATOR IN THE BACK STORAGE AREA: Food residue accumulation on the shelves. Deep cleaning required. Update: Correction photos were emailed to our office on 2/4/21.

9) 2-DOOR TALL TRUE FREEZER IN THE BACK STORAGE AREA: Heavy dried blood accumulation on the bottom shelves. Deep cleaning required. Update: Correction photos were emailed to our office on 2/4/21.



0111 RETAIL MARKET 2001-6000 SQFT
1-27-2021 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. COMMISSARY: There were no violations noted in this program area. 0145 COMMISSARY / OPEN FOOD PREP ALLOWED