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Anita’s Mexican in El Dorado fouls inspection; flies landing on clean dishes and on food prep surfaces

Anita’s Mexican in El Dorado fouls inspection; flies landing on clean dishes and on food prep surfaces

By: Robert Dewey |

El Dorado, KS

Anitas Mexican Restaurant

2529 Central AVE
El Dorado, KS 67042

Kansas Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) food safety and lodging program conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 8/19/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Anitas Mexican Restaurant  was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Kansas food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 9 violations were found.

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • In the small glass door cooler in the kitchen there were 8 packages of tilapia fish fully thawed in ROP packaging. The person in charge confirmed the fish had been fully thawed over 48 hours. COS The fish was voluntary discarded and education was provided as well as ROP fish safety hand out. In the same cooler there was a piece of cut pineapple that was spoiled. COS The pineapple was discarded. In the household type refrigerator there were 3 packages of tilapia fish, 2 packages of breaded chicken patties and 2 burger patties stored in the freezer part. The freezer was not working properly and the items had partially and completely thawed out. The freezer was also heavily soiled and had contaminated the food items. COS The above food items were discarded. The person in charge stated the refrigerator will be removed.
  • In the bottom of the glass door cooler fully cooked crab meat was stored next to and touching raw bacon and raw shell eggs. No leakage was observed. COS The crab meat was moved to the shelf above the raw items.
  • In the household refrigerator there was raw bacon stored in direct contact with a t-shirt style to go bag. COS The bag was also contaminated with soiled debris and the bacon was voluntary discarded.
  • Next to the prep table there were 4 knives stored as clean on a magnetic knife holder that were soiled with dried food debris. In the ware washing area the clean pans were stored on a shelf that was soiled with food debris. Also, glassware stored as clean on a black dirty cloth. COS The dishes and knives were moved to ware washing for cleaning. The commercial can opener in the prep area was soiled with dry food debris on the blade. The person in charge stated it was cleaned last week. COS The can opener was moved to the ware washing area for cleaning.
  • In the ware washing area there were several flies landing on clean dishes. The dishes were not being removed to be cleaned again after contamination.COS The dishes were moved to the ware washing area for cleaning.
  • The hand washing sinks next to the mail line in the kitchen and the hand sink in the service area did not have soap. COS The person in charge stocked the soap.
  • In the ware washing area there were approximately 6 flies landing on clean dishes. In the service area there were approximately 4 flies landing on food prep surfaces. Not COS
  • In the service area on a shelf there was a spray bottle of clear liquid identified by the person in charge to be bleach water was not labeled. COS The bleach water was labeled.
  • Behind the pepsi cooler in the dinning area there was a spray can of ant and roach killer. The label states for household use only. EPA#4822-596. COS The pesticide was discarded.

Abbreviations used by inspectors:

AVB- An Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker (AVB) is a backflow prevention device used in plumbing to prevent backflow of non-potable liquids into the drinking water system
BOH- Back of the House
CFSM- Certified Food Safety Manager
COS- Corrected on-site during inspection
FCS- Food contact surface
PIC- Person-in-charge
PHF- Potentially Hazardous Foods
RIC- Reach in cooler
RTE- Ready to Eat
WIC- Walk-in cooler