Arcata-based Taco Faktory, arguably the most popular food truck in town, was shut down today by the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Division of Environmental Health following a failed inspection.
During a routine inspection of the Asian-Mexican fusion vehicle’s facilities this afternoon a county health inspector noted several major and minor health code violations including meats kept above the required temperatures, soiled food contact surfaces and an improperly stocked hand-washing station.
The truck’s owner, Armando Ruiz, has been ordered to correct the violations and submit to a re-inspection before the truck can be reopened.
Here’s a list of the violations observed:
- No paper towels for employee hand-drying
- The hand-washing sink was blocked by dishes
- Some meats, which are required to be kept at or below 41 degrees, were measured in the low- to mid-50s
- Some food contact surfaces were “visibly soiled”
- There was “build-up” on equipment, including the refrigerator and screens over the hood fans
- The truck uses “quatemary ammonium” for sanitizing, but it didn’t have test strips on hand to ensure it was the proper concentration
- There was no “probe thermometer” onsite
You can read the full inspection report by clicking here.