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Due to a rodent activity Restaurante Tierra Caliente declared imminent health hazard in Kansas City by state inspectors last week

Due to a rodent activity Restaurante Tierra Caliente declared imminent health hazard in Kansas City by state inspectors last week

By: Robert Dewey |

Kansas City, KS

Restaurante Tierra Caliente

Kansas City, KS 66105

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/20/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Restaurante Tierra Caliente was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Kansas food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 15 violations were found.

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

  • Employee washing hands at the 3 compartment sink. COS, educate to use hand sink only.
  • Due to a rodent activity in the establishment imminent health hazard exist.
  • 50 plus fresh mice droppings under the large reach in cooler and the back food prep area. 50 plus prep table on the shelves across the stove area. 9 fresh mice droppings on a window seal behind the front food prep area. 20 plus fresh dropping behind a box of dried peppers with evidence of eating peppers. 15 plus mice dropping behind package of sugar and coffee. No pest control provider.
  • Opened bags of dried peppers touching a can of PVC glue. COS, chemical removed.
  • 1 large #10 can of bean with the top bent downward and side of can large dent. COS, discarded.
  • A container filled with raw pork stored above a container filled with cheese in the reach in cooler in the back food prep area. COS, cheese removed. A container filled with raw beef touching a bag of cheese in the make table in the front area.
  • Raw shell eggs stored in a bowl on table in the back food prep area. The ambient air was 62F. PIC stated the egg were just put into the bowl. COS, eggs moved to the cooler.
  • A container of ceviche with a preparation date of 2-10-20 held more than 7 days. COS, discarded.
  • Tomatillos stored in Thank you bags in the reach in freezer. COS, items removed.
  • A large plastic container with cracks in the plastic stored as clean on storage. COS, removed from service. A large plastic container filled with dried rice had cracks in the plastic. COS, rice removed from container.
  • Tape on plastic food storage containers stored as clean. Tape on large stock pot stored as clean. COS, item removed for cleaning and sanitizing. COS,
  • No paper towels at the handsink in the back food preparation area.
  • A can of PVC glue store above single serve cups stored on a rack. COS, chemical removed.

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