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Pizza Ranch in Hutchinson fails inspection following complaint, dirty bowls, knives; water filters not changed for at least 2 years, 7 violations

Pizza Ranch in Hutchinson fails inspection following complaint, dirty bowls, knives; water filters not changed for at least 2 years, 7 violations

By: Robert Dewey | [email protected]

Hutchinson, KS

Pizza Ranch in Hutchinson

1805 E 17TH AVE

The Kansas of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on November 26, 2019. This visit occurred as a result of a complaint from the public. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Pizza Ranch in Hutchinson was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Kansas food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 7 violations were found.

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

  • Fully cooked hot wings located in the WIC in a food safe container was date marked with 3 days thaw time and then 7 days to use by (11/24 -12/4). 3 day thaw time is not allowed unless inside the original packaging. PIC re-dated for a 7-day use by date. COS In the reach in cooler at the drive through, one opened gallon of skim milk was not date marked. The PIC advised that the milk was opened the previous day but over 24 hours and date marked accordingly. COS Sliced pepperoni stored under the make table was date marked 11/25 – 12/9 (14 days using time stamp). Educated and PIC changed the use by for 7 days. COS
  • Two stainless bowls stored as clean in the produce prep area had food debris on the food contact surface. PIC removed and relocated to the dish washer. COS At the buffet, approx. 6 knives stored as clean were removed from the holder at random and 4 of the 6 had a greasy food residue on the food contact surface. PIC returned the entire holder to the 3 compartment sink. COS
  • All hand sinks inside the kitchen and restrooms had water temperature at 94F and below. A plumber was contacted and he corrected the issue. COS
  • The mop sink had a AVB with no leakage, however, the Y valve with a hose below the flood rim and no hose bib vacuum breaker. Not corrected on site.
  • Under the counter for self serve drinks, 5 water filters (4 Shurflo brand and 2 with change date of 9/17). Manufacturers recommended 6 months only. In addition, there was an Ecolab filter without any date marking and a manufacturers’ recommendation of replacement every 12 months. PIC, Owners nor Ecolab had record of when or if these filters had been changed. Not corrected on site.
  • Under the front counter, a clear bottle with blue liquid was not labeled. The PIC advised that the liquid was glass cleaner and labeled accordingly. COS
  • In dry storage, a case of Ecolab floor cleaner was stored on a wired rack above cases of soda syrup. PIC relocated the chemical. COS

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