Chevron - Willow Creek Mini-Mart + Aztec Grill

39103 Highway 299, Willow Creek



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Routine Inspection
08. Proper hot and cold holding temperatures.

Conditions Observed: Internal temperatures of chicken strips in the hot holding display case were measured below the required minimum hot holding temperature of 135° F (116.4° F and 125.6° F in different parts of the unit). Attempts to adjust the unit to reheat the chicken strips were unsuccessful. Because the chicken strips had been cooked that morning and had been below the required temperature for an uncertain period of time, they were voluntarily discarded by the operator; thank you. Please adjust/repair/replace this hot holding unit to ensure that it is capable of holding potentially hazardous foods at or above 135° F. Please discontinue use of this hot holding unit until this correction is made. In addition, please be sure to monitor both the unit temperature and internal temperatures of hot-held foods regularly. This is a major violation requiring reinspection. Please provide evidence of correction to your inspector (e.g., service/repair invoice and photographic evidence that the unit is capable of holding foods at or above 135° F) by the comply-by date listed above in order to avoid the need for an on-site reinspection.


“Except during preparation, cooking, cooling, transportation to or from a retail food facility for a period of less than thirty minutes, when time is used as the public health control, or as otherwise specified, potentially hazardous foods shall be maintained at or below 41F or at or above 135F. The following foods may be held at or below 45F: raw shell eggs, unshucked live molluscan shellfish, pasteurized milk and pasteurized milk products in original sealed containers, potentially hazardous foods held during transportation. Potentially hazardous foods held for dispensing in serving lines and salad bars may be held at 45F, not to exceed 12 hours in a 24 hour period, if unused portions are discarded. Food preparation shall not exceed two cumulative hours without a return to the required holding temperatures. (113996, 113998, 114037, 114343(a))”

10. Proper cooling methods.

Conditions Observed: A batch of mild green salsa held in a covered plastic container in the walk-in cooler (dated 11/3/2020) was measured at 54.6° F. In addition, a batch of pinto beans cooked the night before (dated 11/2/2020) was measured at 45.0° F. Discussed proper cooling processes, including time frames and monitoring of temperatures during the cooling process, with staff and management. Salsa and beans were removed and placed in ice baths in metal containers for further cooling; thank you. Please ensure that all foods are properly cooled (from 135° F to 70° F within no more than two hours, and from 70 to 41° F within another four hours, for a maximum total cooling time of 6 hours) before being placed in the walk-in for cold holding. It is strongly suggested that this facility use the provided cooling logs to ensure that foods are cooled adequately and within correct time frames.


“After heating, potentially hazardous foods shall be rapidly cooled from 135F to 70F within 2 hours, and then from 70F to 41F within 4 hours. Potentially hazardous foods prepared from ambient temperature ingredients must be cooled to below 41F within 4 hours. Cooling shall be facilitated by one or more of the following methods: in shallow pans, separating food into smaller portions, adding ice as an ingredient, using an ice bath and stirring frequently, using an ice paddle, using rapid cooling equipment, or using containers that facilitate heat transfer. (114002, 114002.1)”

22. Hot and Cold Water Available

Conditions Observed: Hot water at the 3-compartment warewash sink was measured at 110.2° F at the start of the inspection. Per staff, dishes had recently been done and the hot water might still be reheating; however, even after waiting until the end of the inspection to allow time for the hot water heater to reheat the water (approx. 45 minutes), the hot water still reached a maximum temperature of only 116.4° F. Hot water shall be supplied at a minimum of 120° F at the faucet. Please adjust/repair/replace the hot water heater (up to and including providing a higher-capacity hot water heater, if appropriate) to ensure that hot water is available at a minimum of 120° F at the faucet at all times. This is a major violation requiring reinspection. Please provide evidence of correction to your inspector (service invoice and/or confirmation of adjustment, including photographic evidence that hot water at the faucet reaches 120° F) by the comply-by date listed above in order to avoid the need for an on-site reinspection.


“An adequate, protected, pressurized, approved potable supply of hot and cold water shall be provided at all times. Hot water shall be supplied at a minimum temperature of 120F when measured from the faucet. The temperature of water provided to handwashing facilities shall be at least 100F. Handwashing facilities equipped with non-adjustable faucets shall have their temperature set between 100F and 108F. Hot water shall be provided at the food preparation sink and janitorial sink. (113953(c), 114099.2(b), 114163(a)(3), 114189, 114192, 114192.1, 114195)”

36. Equipment / Utensils approved; installed, clean, good repair, capacity.

Conditions Observed: One of the three bulk dry food storage bins in the back prep area contained a plastic container with no handle that was being used as a scoop. Dispensing utensils such as scoops must be stored with their handles above the top of the food to prevent cross-contamination. Please provide a scoop with a handle that can be appropriately stored above the top of the food. The large metal ice scoop for the large ice maker in the back janitorial/storage area, which is used for filling bags of ice for sale to consumers, was damaged (broken/split in two places). Please replace ice scoop with one that is smooth and free of breaks, chips, and similar imperfections.


“Utensils and equipment shall be kept fully operative and in good repair. All new and replacement equipment shall be properly installed and be certified or classified for sanitation by an ANSI accredited certification program. Electrical appliances must meet UL standards. Single-use articles shall not allow migration of deleterious substances or impart colors, odors, or tastes to food. Multi-use food contact surfaces must be smooth, free of breaks, chips, and similar imperfections; free of sharp internal angles, corners, and crevices; finished to have smooth welds and joints; be accessible for cleaning and inspection. Unless specified, wood and wood wicker may not be used as a food-contact surface. Unless specified, copper and copper alloys such as brass may not be used in contact with a food that has a pH below six or for a fitting between a backflow preventer and a carbonator. Beverage tubing and cold-plate beverage cooling devices cannot be installed in contact with stored ice intended to be used as food. Equipment that is not movable must be installed to allow for cleaning in place. Cutting or piercing parts of can openers must be readily removable. Facilities that wash, rinse, soak, thaw, or similarly prepare foods shall be provided with a approved food preparation sink. Reservoirs that supply water to produce foggers must be cleaned and maintained. Surfaces such as cutting blocks and boards that are subject to scratching and scoring shall be resurfaced or replaced if they can no longer be effectively cleaned and sanitized. (114130, 114130.1, 114130.2, 114130.3, 114130.4, 114130.5, 114130.6, 114132, 114133, 114137, 114139, 114153, 114163, 114165, 114167, 114169, 114175, 114177, 114180, 114182)”

39. Thermometers provided and accurate.

Conditions Observed: The thermometer within the hot holding unit used for chicken strips and other deep fried foods was not working (dial was not registering any temperature reading). Please provide a working thermometer for this unit.


“An accurate easily readable metal probe thermometer suitable for measuring temperature of food shall be available to the food handler. Thermometers shall be calibrated in accordance with manufacturer's specifications as necessary to ensure their accuracy. A thermometer +/- 2 degrees F shall be provided for all refrigerators, hot and cold holding units, and high temperature warewashing machines. (114157, 114159)”

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