By: Robert Dewey | [email protected]

Oberlin, KS

Mom’s Kitchen


Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and lodging program conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 8/13/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Mom’s Kitchen was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Kansas food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 11 violations were found.

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

  • Employee used a spatula to remove a hot dog bun from the flat top grill and place it in a to go box. He then used his bare hands to move the bun around. Educated COS-Employee VD bun.
  • In the white refrigerator in the kitchen raw beef balls in a plastic container and raw chicken in a plastic container were being store on the same shelf opposite sides and cucumbers were in between them. No leakage detected. Educated
  • In the 3 container crock pot style warmer nacho cheese was being held, the temperature of the nacho cheese in the middle was 89F and the center was 119F. The cook said she had opened a new can this morning and heated it up 140F. The cook said she had placed it in the warmer around 7 am, the time the temp was taken was 10:45am. Educated COS-Reheated to 165F and placed back into the warmer.
  • In a large plastic container filled with ice: a container (sitting on top of the ice) of mixed greens had and internal temp of 48F, a container of leaf lettuces(pulled from the head) was sitting on top of the ice and had an internal temp of 45F, a plastic container of cooked chicken was sitting on top plastic container of sliced ham had an internal temp of 53F. Educated
  • Sitting on the counter below the microwave a flat of raw shell eggs had a temp of 55F externally. The cook said they had been sitting out for about 30 minutes. Educated COS-Cook placed in RIC for rapid cooling.
  • On the counter in a large plastic container filled with ice a plastic non-food safe (no markings and the sticker on the container shows use for non-food items) container of mixed greens was being held. Also in the same large ice filled container a plastic non-food grade plastic container (no markings and the sticker on the container shows use for non-food items) was being used to store loose-leaf lettuces. Educated
  • 3 pairs of tongs hanging on the heat lamp had an accumulation of food and grease build up on them. Educated COS-PIC placed in ware washing area.
  • The slicer had loose food debris on it, when inspector 125 asked the cook if she had used the slicer today she said no. The PIC said deli meat was sliced yesterday on it. The accumulation of food debris on the blade, guard and catch appeared in such a way that is hadn’t been clean from the last use. The employee/cook said that she believed it was from the night before and hadn’t been cleaned. Educated COS-PIC had employee clean slicer.
  • In the white refrigerator next to the flat top grill containers of full cooked hot dogs(7/25), cheddar brats(7/24), Jalapeno Brats (7/24), and deli sliced ham (7/24) all had dates on them held for to many days. When asked the PIC said she was unsure if that was correct, she (PIC) asked the employee who closed last night if they were stocked/refill and he said yes. Inspector 125 then asked the employee if they just refilled the container or got new, he said they just refilled. Educated COS-Placed the food in clean containers.
  • Upon entering the kitchen and talking with the PIC about the complaint, inspector 125 went to was his hands the liquid soap was out. Educated COS-PIC replaced the soap.
  • In the kitchen area at least 10 flies were present the PIC said they had just gotten truck this morning and she has gotten some fly spray for her Pest Control company. Educated

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