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Complaint inspection Cosmos Indian Store in Lawrence finds flour being sold had what appears to be grain moths on the product, visible activity of winged insect accessing the food

Complaint inspection Cosmos Indian Store in Lawrence finds flour being sold had what appears to be grain moths on the product, visible activity of winged insect accessing the food

By: Robert Dewey | robert.dewey@kansasrestaurantinspections.com

Lawrence, KS

Cosmos Indian Store & Café

3115 W 6TH STREET STE H
LAWRENCE, KS 66049
785-856-0080

Kansas Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) food safety and lodging program conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/3/21. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Cosmos Indian Store & Café was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Kansas food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 6 violations were found.

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

  • Eight paper bags of chappati flour, stored on a retail shelf near the entrance, had visible activity of winged insect accessing the food. The insects appeared to be grain moths. Upon opening one of the bags, there was a colony nest with eggs. COS: Discarded
  • In a residential style cooler located in the retail area’s kitchen, two cases of raw in shell eggs were stored on a solid shelf above the produce drawer that was containing whole tomatoes and a bunch of cilantro. No leakage detected. COS: Rearranged items. Education provided.
  • In a residential style cooler located in the retail area’s kitchen, a large metal pot containing curry sauce did not cool to 41F within 6 hours. The center temperature of the curry sauce was at 51F on 2/3 at 11:30 am. The sides of the sauce temped at 42F. PIC stated that the sauce had been cooked on 2/2 and placed into the cooler at 9:30 pm. COS: Discarded. Provided education on cooling.
  • FE uses chlorine for sanitizer. Chlorine test strips were not available during the inspection. COS: PIC is placing an order for new testing strips.
  • At the break room of the retail area of the FE, a hand sink did not have hot water available. The highest temperature of the water reached 65F. PIC stated that the sink is not used very often. COS: The sink is deemed out of commission from any type of usage since it was rarely used to begin with.
  • Eight paper bags of flour that were being sold on a retail shelf near the front entrance had what appears to be grain moths on the product. These insects were seen accessing the flour inside the bags and are isolated to the bags of flour and not found in other areas of the FE. COS: Product was discarded along with the insects.

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