Kebab Cafe

5000 Valley West Blvd 19 #, Arcata

Routine Inspection
08. Proper hot and cold holding temperatures.

Conditions Observed: Observed a bucket of open pickles in the storage room. Manufacturer’s label reads “refrigerate after opening”. Provide proof that pickles are not a PHF requiring temperature control or keep pickles in a fridge at or below 41 F.

ROACHY SAYS:

“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))”

Routine Inspection

ROACHY SAYS:

“Ooo! Welcome to Sanitarytown! Population: Kebab Cafe! I see lots of happy hungry mouths in this establishment's near future!!”

Routine Inspection
08. Proper hot and cold holding temperatures.

Conditions Observed: Measured minor temperature violations in the top of the deli prep today (sliced onions, 43 F; sliced cabbage, 43 F). Adjust/service/repair to cold-hold at 41 F or below.

ROACHY SAYS:

“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))”

Routine Inspection

ROACHY SAYS:

“Take a victory lap, Kebab Cafe! In the race that is maintaining a clean and healthy establishment you've earned Roachy's gold medal! Eat here today, everyone!!”

Routine Inspection
06. Hands clean and properly washed; gloves used properly.

Conditions Observed: Observed employee return from restroom and begin washing their hands at the middle bin of the 3-part sink. Inspector intervened and directed employee to handwash - COS. Observed corrected handwashing. Train all employees to wash hands at the handwashing sink.

ROACHY SAYS:

“Food employees shall minimize bare hand and arm contact with nonprepackaged food that is in ready to eat form. Whenever gloves are worn, they shall be changed, replaced, or washed as often as handwashing is required. Single-use gloves shall not be washed. Employees shall wash their hands in the following situations: immediately before engaging in food preparation including working with nonprepackaged food, clean equipment and utensils and unwrapped single-use food containers and utensils; after touching bare human body parts other than clean hands and clean exposed portions of arms; after using the toilet room; after caring for or handling any animal; after coughing, sneezing, using a handkerchief or disposable tissue, using tobacco, eating or drinking; after handling soiled equipment or utensils; during food preparation, as often as necessary to remove soil and contamination and to prevent cross-contamination when changing tasks; when switching from working with raw food and working with ready-to-eat foods; before initially donning gloves for working with food; before dispensing or serving food handling clean tableware and serving utensils in the food service area; after engaging in other activities that contaminate the hands. (113952, 113953.3, 113953.4, 113961, 113968, 113973)”

28. Food separated and protected.

Conditions Observed: Observed tray of veggie kabobs uncovered in the 2door fridge. Keep foods cover to prevent contamination.

ROACHY SAYS:

“Food shall be protected from contamination during transportation, storage, preparation, holding, and display. Adequate and suitable counter space shall be provided for all food preparation. Food preparation shall be conducted wthin an approved food compartment or fully enclosed food facility. Open-air barbecues shall be separated from public access. (113984(a-f), 113986, 114060, 114067(a,d,e,j), 114069(a, c, d), 114077, 114089.1(c), 114143(c,e))”

31. Food storage; food storage containers identified.

Conditions Observed: Observed a bucket of pickles on the floor. Store all food six inches above the floor.

ROACHY SAYS:

“Adequate and suitable space shall be provided for the storage of food. Food shall be protected from contamination by storing the food in a clean, dry location, where it is not exposed to splash, dust, vermin, or other forms of contamination or adulteration, and at least six inches above the floor. Food shall not be stored in any of the following ways: in locker rooms, toilet rooms, dressing rooms, refuse rooms, mechanical rooms, under sewer lines that are not shielded to intercept potential drips, under leaking water lines, including leaking automatic fire sprinklers heads, or under lines on which water has condensated, under open stairwells or under sources of contamination. Working containers holding food or food ingredients that are removed from their original packages for use in the food facility shall be identified with the common name of the food. Non-prepackaged food may not be stored in direct contact with undrained ice. Products that are held by the permit holder for credit, redemption, or return to the distributor, such as damaged, spoiled, or recalled products shall be segregated and held in designated areas that are separated from food, equipment, utensils, linens, and single-use articles. (114047, 141049, 114051, 114053, 114055, 114067(h), 114069(b))”

Routine Inspection

ROACHY SAYS:

“Take a victory lap, Kebab Cafe! In the race that is maintaining a clean and healthy establishment you've earned Roachy's gold medal! Eat here today, everyone!!”

Routine Inspection
01. Demonstration of knowledge; food safety certification.

Conditions Observed: The PIC informed DEH that the Inspector would have to purchase a menu item in order to obtain a final, internal cooking temperature. CalCode requires that raw animal foods be cooked to the specified temperature and duration of time (CalCode 114004). Develop a procedure to obtain and record final cooking temperatures to demostrate complaince with this part of CalCode.

ROACHY SAYS:

“The Person In Charge (PIC) and all employees shall have adequate knowledge and shall be properly trained in food safety as it relates to their assigned duties. The PIC shall have adequate knowledge of major food allergens, foods identified as major food allergens, and the symptoms that a major food allergen could cause. The PIC means a designated person who has knowledge of safe food handling practices and the major food allergens as they relate to the specific food preparation activities that occur at the food facility. (113947)”

08. Proper hot and cold holding temperatures.

Conditions Observed: Measured chopped tomato, sliced cabbage to be above 41 F in the top of the deli prep. Adjust/service/repair to cold-hold at 41 F or below.

ROACHY SAYS:

“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))”

39. Thermometers provided and accurate.

Conditions Observed: Unable to locate a thermometer in the display case. Facility lacks the appropriately sized thermometer to accurately measure thin cuts of meat. Obtain NSF approved thermometers.

ROACHY SAYS:

“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)”

Reinspection

ROACHY SAYS:

“Ooo! Welcome to Sanitarytown! Population: Kebab Cafe! I see lots of happy hungry mouths in this establishment's near future!!”

Routine Inspection
05. Proper eating, tasting, drinking, tobacco use.

Conditions Observed: Observed employee eating while cutting beef. Eat during breaks in designated areas away from food preo.

ROACHY SAYS:

“Employees shall not eat, drink, or use tobacco in areas where contamination of food, clean equipment and utensils, linens, and single use articles may occur. Employees may drink from a closed beverage container if the container is handled to prevent contamination of the employee's hands, the container, nonprepackaged food, food-contact surfaces, or other items needing protection. (113977)”

06. Hands clean and properly washed; gloves used properly.

Conditions Observed: Observed employee portioning olives into deli cups with their bare hands. Minimize bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods (e.g., use a utensil to portion olives).

ROACHY SAYS:

“Food employees shall minimize bare hand and arm contact with nonprepackaged food that is in ready to eat form. Whenever gloves are worn, they shall be changed, replaced, or washed as often as handwashing is required. Single-use gloves shall not be washed. Employees shall wash their hands in the following situations: immediately before engaging in food preparation including working with nonprepackaged food, clean equipment and utensils and unwrapped single-use food containers and utensils; after touching bare human body parts other than clean hands and clean exposed portions of arms; after using the toilet room; after caring for or handling any animal; after coughing, sneezing, using a handkerchief or disposable tissue, using tobacco, eating or drinking; after handling soiled equipment or utensils; during food preparation, as often as necessary to remove soil and contamination and to prevent cross-contamination when changing tasks; when switching from working with raw food and working with ready-to-eat foods; before initially donning gloves for working with food; before dispensing or serving food handling clean tableware and serving utensils in the food service area; after engaging in other activities that contaminate the hands. (113952, 113953.3, 113953.4, 113961, 113968, 113973)”

10. Proper cooling methods.

Conditions Observed: Observed employee transferring rice from large, plastic bus bin to smaller plastic containers. Measured rice in white bowl to be 101 F; measured rice 15 minute later to be 95 F. Rice is not cooling fast enough. Revise cooling method to cool foods in two stages. Use shallow, metal containers or similar approved CalCode method. See description above. This violation requires a reinspection on/after 2/14/19.

ROACHY SAYS:

“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)”

11. Proper cooking time and temperatures.

Conditions Observed: Measured burgers off the grill be 148.9 F and 150.5 F. Revise cooking procedure to cook burgers to 155 F or greater. See #19. This violation requires a reinspection on/after 2/14/19.

ROACHY SAYS:

“Fruits and vegetables that are cooked for hot holding shall be cooked to a minimum temperature of 135F. Single pieces of meat, fish, and raw shell eggs for immediate service, shall be heated to an internal temperature of 145F for 15 seconds. Comminuted meat, injected meat, raw eggs not for immediate service, or any food containing comminuted meat or raw eggs, shall be heated to an internal temperature of 155F for 15 seconds. Poultry, comminuted poultry, stuffed fish, stuffed meat, and stuffed poultry shall be heated to an internal temperature of 165F for 15 seconds. Other temperature requirements may apply. (114004, 114008, 114010)”

20. Consumer advisory provided for raw or undercooked foods.

Conditions Observed: Observed waitstaff asking customers how they would like their meat cooked. Facility lacks a complaint Consumer Advisory. Post a Consumer Advisory that clearly denotes which food items can be served raw or undercooked by using an asterisk. Link asterisk to the Consumer Advisory (Consuming raw or undercooked meat, eggs, shellfish, or dairy may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions).

ROACHY SAYS:

“If a food of animal origin is served raw, undercooked, or without otherwise being processed to eliminate pathogens, either in ready-to-eat form or as an ingredient in another ready-to-eat food, the permitholder shall inform consumers of the significantly increased risk of consuming those foods by way of a disclosure pursuant to subdivision (b) of 114093 and reminder pursuant to subdivision (c) of 114093, using brochures, deli case or menu advisories, label statements, table tents, placards, or other effective written means. (114012, 114093)”

31. Food storage; food storage containers identified.

Conditions Observed: Observed a box of pita bread and a bag of onions stored directly on the floor. Store all foods at least 6 inches off the ground.

ROACHY SAYS:

“Adequate and suitable space shall be provided for the storage of food. Food shall be protected from contamination by storing the food in a clean, dry location, where it is not exposed to splash, dust, vermin, or other forms of contamination or adulteration, and at least six inches above the floor. Food shall not be stored in any of the following ways: in locker rooms, toilet rooms, dressing rooms, refuse rooms, mechanical rooms, under sewer lines that are not shielded to intercept potential drips, under leaking water lines, including leaking automatic fire sprinklers heads, or under lines on which water has condensated, under open stairwells or under sources of contamination. Working containers holding food or food ingredients that are removed from their original packages for use in the food facility shall be identified with the common name of the food. Non-prepackaged food may not be stored in direct contact with undrained ice. Products that are held by the permit holder for credit, redemption, or return to the distributor, such as damaged, spoiled, or recalled products shall be segregated and held in designated areas that are separated from food, equipment, utensils, linens, and single-use articles. (114047, 141049, 114051, 114053, 114055, 114067(h), 114069(b))”

40. Wiping cloths: properly used and stored.

Conditions Observed: Observed a damp wiping cloth on the deli prep counter. Keep all damp cloths in a clean sanitizing solution.

ROACHY SAYS:

“Wiping cloths used to clean food spills shall be used only once or stored in a sanitizing solution of an approved concentration as specified in section 114099.6. Dry or wet cloths that are used with raw foods of animal origin shall be kept separate from cloths used for other purposes, cloths that come into contact with raw foods of animal origin shall be kept in a separate sanitizing solution. Wiping cloths shall be free of food debris and visible soil. Working containers of sanitizing solutions for storage of in-use wiping cloths shall be used in a manner to prevent contamination of food, equipment, utensils, linens, or single-use articles. Wet wiping cloths shall be laundered daily. Dry wiping cloths shall be laundered as necessary to prevent contamination of food and clean serving utensils. (114135, 114185.1, 114185.3(d-e))”

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