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Wichita’s Tuta’s Teriyaki did not cease operations, “49 live roaches (adult and nymph roaches) were observed” 7 violations

Wichita’s Tuta’s Teriyaki did not cease operations, “49 live roaches (adult and nymph roaches) were observed” 7 violations

By: Robert Dewey |

Wichita, KS

Tuta’s Teriyaki in Wichita

Wichita, KS 67214

The Kansas of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on November 25, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Tuta’s Teriyaki in Wichita was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Kansas food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 7 violations were found.

This visit was a follow-up visit to a failed inspection on November 13, 2019.

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

  • PIC rinse of his hand inside the 3 vat sink after grabbing a black electrical box. PIC did not use any cleaning compound to wash his hands. (COS)Educated PIC that hand washing must be in a hand wash sink and must use soap in the process.PIC washed his hand with hand wash soap inside a hand wash sink.
  • REPEAT: There were 20 live nymph roaches observed where the computer monitor stand is located in the back. The nymph roaches were under the wooden stand, under the electrical black box, and crawling on the walls.They were observed in the same area where the computer monitor is. There was also 12 live adult roaches observed near the computer monitor, about 10 live adult roaches were under a black electrical box, and two were observed near the electrical box crawling on the wooden monitor stand. There were also 7 live nymph roaches observed inside single use dry wax paper, 8 live nymph roaches on the floor next to glue trap near the hand wash sink, one live nymph roach behind the ice machine, one live nymph roach crawling on the wall next to the prep table. Note:Suggested PIC that deep cleaning and aggressive treatment will be needed.
  • In the kitchen’s freezer next to the entrance door, there were two bags of raw pork meat inside “thank you bags.” The raw pork meat was making contact with the non-food grade plastic bag. (COS) PIC placed raw meat inside food grade containers.
  • The deli slicer that is located in the back had old food debris in the back of the blade. PIC stated he did not use it today. (COS)PIC placed slicer in 3 vat sink.
  • REPEAT: The hand wash sink next to the 3 vat sink did not have any paper towels. (COS)PIC placed paper towels next to hand wash sink.
  • The Licensee did not cease operations and notify KDA of the imminent health hazard of multiple roach observation inside the facility. 49 live roaches (adult and nymph roaches) were observed. PIC will contact pest control to do an aggressive treatment.

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