Oaxaca Grill

508 Henderson St, Eureka

Routine Inspection

ROACHY SAYS:

“Humboldt foodies rejoice! Our reports show that Oaxaca Grill knows how to get you fed in a sanitary manner. Now that's nummy!!”

Routine Inspection
28. Food separated and protected.

Conditions Observed: Observed raw fish stored over cooked rice and raw eggs stored over shredded cheese in Continental 2 door refrigerator. Store raw potentially hazardous foods under ready-to-eat foods, based on final internal cooking temperatures to prevent cross-contamination. Operator reorganized refrigerator food storage order, thank you for correcting this minor violation.

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))”

Routine Inspection
08. Proper hot and cold holding temperatures.

Conditions Observed: Measured sour cream 47F, shredded cheese 43.5F and shredded cabbage 44F with probe thermometer in top portion of prep table. Adjust/repair/replace prep table to hold cold potentially hazardous foods at or below 41F at all times.

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))”

28. Food separated and protected.

Conditions Observed: Observed open bulk bag of beans. Cover stored foods to prevent contamination or potential vermin attraction.

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))”

Routine Inspection
08. Proper hot and cold holding temperatures.

Conditions Observed: Measured chopped onions and peppers 53F with probe thermometer in top portion of prep table. Observed metal insert lined with cloth napkins. Per operator, the napkins are used to soak up the extra liquid from the vegetables. Please stop lining the insert with cloth napkins, as the food is not in direct contact with cold air. Operator removed cloth napkin from the insert and the vegetables measured 44F at the end of the inspection. Thank you for correcting this major violation.

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))”

10. Proper cooling methods.

Conditions Observed: Measured beans 48F in covered plastic container cooling in Continental 2 door refrigerator for more than 12 hours. In the past, the operator has explained her cooling process, in which smaller portions and ice baths are used to facilitate rapid cooling of beans. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the cooling process was interrupted last night and the beans were placed in the refrigerator to finish cooling. Discussed the importance of rapid cooling of potentially hazardous foods ( 135F - 70F within 2 hours and 70F - 41F within another 4 hours) with operator. Approximately 4 gallons of improperly cooled beans were discarded. Thank you for correcting this major violation.

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)”

15. Food contact surfaces: clean and sanitized.

Conditions Observed: Observed soiled tongs hanging on oven handles on the cookline. Observed soiled knives hanging on knife magnet. Food contact surfaces shall be washed, rinsed and sanitized or swapped out at least every 4 hours. Operator sent the utensils to the dishwasher, thank you for correcting this major violation.

ROACHY SAYS:

“Food-contact surfaces and utensils shall be clean to sight and touch. Food-contact surfaces and multiservice utensils shall be effectively washed, rinsed, and sanitized to remove or completely loosen soils by use of manual or mechanical methods. Precleaning may be required. Manual sanitization shall be accomplished during the final rinse by contact with solution containing 100 ppm available chlorine, 200 ppm quaternary ammonium, or another approved sanitizer. Mechanical sanitization shall be accomplished in the final rinse by achieving a utensil surface temperature of 160F or by contact with solution containing 50 ppm available chlorine, 200 ppm quaternary ammonium, or another approved sanitizer. After cleaning and sanitizing, equipment and utensils shall be air dried. Mechancial warewash machines must be approved and installed and operated according to manufacturer's specifications. Food contact surfaces, utensils, and equipment shall be cleaned and sanitized at the following times: before each use with different type of raw food of animal origin, when changing from raw food to ready to eat food, between uses with raw produce and potentially hazardous food, before using a thermometer, and any time during the operation when contamination may have occurred. Warewash sinks used to wash wiping cloths, wash produce, or thaw food must be cleaned and sanitized before and after these uses. Equipment, food contact surfaces, and utensils must be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day at least every four hours or as needed to prevent contamination. (114097, 114099.1, 114099.2, 114099.4, 114099.6, 114099.7, 114101, 114105, 114109, 114111, 114113, 114115(a,c), 114117, 114125(b), 114141)”

28. Food separated and protected.

Conditions Observed: Observed raw potentially hazardous foods (raw meats) commingled with ready-to-eat foods (vegetables) in Continental freezer. Observed raw chicken stored over ready-to-eat salsas in Continental 2 door refrigerator. Store raw potentially hazardous foods under ready-to-eat foods based on final internal cooking temperatures to avoid cross-contamination. Use “refrigerator food storage order” handout for reference.

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))”

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