Taqueria La Barca #2

5201 Carlson Park DR, Arcata

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

Conditions Observed: Observed employee handwash for a few seconds without soap. Handwashing must be conducted with soap and warm water by lathering hands for at least 15-20 seconds, followed by drying with a single use paper towel. Instructed employee to rewash their hands with soap. This major violation was corrected.


“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)”

07. Adequate handwash facilities supplied and accessible.

Conditions Observed: Observed paper towels are not stocked in paper towel dispenser. Keep required supplies stocked in dispensers at handwash station. Observed handwash station blocked by a steam table. Employee is using 3 compartment sink to wash their hands. Instructed employee to move steam table to another location and keep handwash station unobstructed for handwashing.


“Handwashing facilities shall be provided within or adjacent to toilet rooms, food preparation, and warewashing areas. Handwashing facilities shall be clean, unobstructed, and accessible at all times. Handwashing facilities shall be provided with soap and sanitary single use towels in approved dispensers. Dispensers shall be maintained in good repair. A handwashing facility shall not be used for purposes other than handwashing. (113953, 113953.1, 113953.2, 114067(f))”

08. Proper hot and cold holding temperatures.

Conditions Observed: Measured shredded lettuce and shredded cheese 47F in top portion of prep table. Measured salsa and beef 42F in bottom portion of prep table. Adjust/service/repair prep table to hold cold potentially hazardous foods at or below 41F at all times.


“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))”

22. Hot and Cold Water Available

Conditions Observed: Hot water measured 117F at 3 compartment sink. Adjust/service/replace water heater to provide hot water at or above 120F at all times.


“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)”

79. Mobile water and waste water tanks installed.

Conditions Observed: Observed debris on potable water inlet cap. Maintain potable water inlet and cap clean and free of debris.


“MFFs that handle nonprepackaged food shall be equipped with approved potable water and wastewater tanks, unless approved temporary water and wastewater connections are provided. An approved potable water hose used for conveying potable water from a water tank shall be safe, durable, corrosion resistant, nonabsorbent, protected from contamination at all times, and clearly and durably identified as to its use. A potable water tank shall have sufficient capacity (at least 5 gallons exclusively for handwashing, 25 gallons for food preparation and warewashing) and shall deliver at least 1 gallon/minute to each sink basin. A wastewater tank shall be of a capacity commensurate with the level of food handling activity, have a minimum capacity that is 50 percent greater than the potable water tank, and be equipped with a shut-off valve. Wastewater tanks shall be thoroughly flushed and drained in a sanitary manner during the servicing operation. (114205, 114207, 114209, 114211, 114213, 114215, 114217, 114219, 114221, 114223, 114225, 114227, 114229, 114231, 114233, 114235, 114238, 114239, 114240, 114241, 114242)”

Routine Inspection


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