Cha Cha Cantina, 1419 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219 - Full Service Restaurant inspection findings and violations



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Restaurant: Cha Cha Cantina
Address: 1419 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Type: Full Service Restaurant
Phone: 804 726-6296
Total inspections: 8
Last inspection: 03/24/2016

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Inspection findings

Inspection date

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  • Food - Packaged and Unpackaged - Separation, Packaging, and Segregation
    Observation: Observed that food was not protected because it was not in packages, covered containers, or wrapped.
    Correction: Prevent contamination by storing food in packages, covered containers, or wrappings.
  • Critical: Food - Potentially Hazardous Food - Cold Holding* (corrected on site) (repeated violation)
    Observation: Feta cheese, mango salsa, avocado salsa, corn, tomatoes, pico de gallo, and pepperoni in both deli-prep refrigerators were cold holding at improper temperatures. Queso in walk in cooler also at improper temperature (it was closest to the door - food closer to back was at proper temperatures).
    Correction: Deli-prep thermostats were adjusted to cold hold potentially hazardous food at 41°F or below to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. Walk in cooler door needs to remain completely closed when not entering or exiting to keep cold inside.
03/24/2016Risk Factor
  • Critical: Food - Potentially Hazardous Food - Hot Holding* (corrected on site) (repeated violation)
    Observation: Observed black beans and refried beans hot holding at improper temperatures on steam table.
    Correction: Rapidly reheat the food to 165°F and adjust unit to maintain at 135°F or above through the hot holding period.
  • Critical: Food - Potentially Hazardous Food - Cold Holding* (corrected on site) (repeated violation)
    Observation: Observed queso & shredded cheese in walk in cooler and salsa in low boy refrigerator cold holding at improper temperatures.
    Correction: Adjust thermostats in both units and maintain at 41°F or below to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.
11/18/2015Risk Factor
Inspection for permit renewal.
  • Hair Restraints - Effectiveness
    Observation: Employees observed working in the food service area without proper hair restraints.
    Correction: Ensure all employees wear hair restraints such as hats, hair coverings or nets, beard restraints, and clothing that covers body hair, that are designed and worn to effectively keep their hair from contacting exposed food, clean equipment, utensils and linens, and unwrapped single-service and single-use articles. This section does not apply to food employees such as counter staff who only serve beverages and wrapped or packaged foods, hostesses, and wait staff if they present a minimal risk of contaminating exposed food
  • Thawing
    Observation: Improper methods used to thaw raw beef and seafood.
    Correction: Thaw potentially hazardous foods by either of the following methods: 1. Under refrigeration that maintains food temperature at 41°F (45°F) 2. Completely submerged under running water at a temperature of 70°F or below with sufficient water velocity to agitate and float off loose particles in an overflow. Ready-to-eat food shall not exceed 41°F and raw animal foods shall not exceed 41°F for more than four hours 3. As part of the cooking process
  • Critical: Food - Potentially Hazardous Food - Hot Holding* (corrected on site)
    Observation: Observed black beans, tomato sauce, chicken, and rice hot holding at improper temperatures.
    Correction: Rapidly reheat the food to 165°F. Adjust temperature of steam table to properly maintain food at 135°F or above through the hot holding period.
  • Critical: Food - Potentially Hazardous Food - Cold Holding*
    Observation: Observed the following foods cold holding at improper temperatures:
    -Prep table #1: Diced tomatoes, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole
    -Prep table #2: Pico de gallo, sour cream
    -Walk in cooler: Queso, chili, rice, cheese, salsa

    Correction: Discard the food and call repair company to adjust thermostat. Ensure potentially hazardous foods for cold holding are maintained at 41°F or below to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Warewashing Equipment, Cleaning Frequency
    Observation: The interior surfaces of the mechanical warewashing machine are soiled with (food debris, limescale) that may decrease the effectiveness of the unit.
    Correction: Increase the frequency of cleaning or limescale deposit removal from the interior surfaces of the unit to maintain unit performance.
  • Hand Drying Provision (corrected on site)
    Observation: No disposable towels were provided at the hand washing lavatory in the @Location@
    Correction: Hand drying devices such as individual disposable paper towels, a continuous towel system that supplies the user with a clean towel or heated air hand drying device must be provided at all hand washing lavatories to encourage proper hand washing and avoid employees to drying their hands on their clothing or other unclean materials
  • Mops - Drying Mops
    Observation: Mops not hung up to air dry.
    Correction: Wet use maintenance items such as mops must be hung in a position that allows them to air dry so they are not allowed to grow contamination which can then be spread through the establishment at the next use.
07/22/2015Routine
  • Critical: Food - Potentially Hazardous Food - Cold Holding* (corrected on site)
    Observation: The following foods were observed cold holding at improper temperatures in the walk in cooler: salsa chipotle, chipotle tomatillo, queso, tomato sauce, and chili
    Correction: Relocate TCS foods to a refrigeration unit that is capable of maintaining food storage at 41°F or below.
02/25/2015Risk Factor
  • Nonfood-Contact Surfaces - Corrosion Resistant/Nonabsorbent
    Observation: The nonfood contact surface of the storage shelves are not corrosion resistant, nonabsorbent, and/or smooth.
    Correction: Nonfood contact equipment that is exposed to splash, spillage, food soiling, or requires frequent cleaning must be smooth, durable, and nonabsorbent.
  • Temperature Measuring Devices
    Observation: There was no temperature measuring device located in the walk-in refrigerator.
    Correction: Provide a temperature measuring device in all hot or cold holding equipment used to store potentially hazardous foods so that employees can routinely monitor the ambient air temperature.
  • Equipment - Fixed Equipment, Spacing or Sealing
    Observation: The prewash sink and drainboard are not sealed to adjoining equipment or walls.
    Correction: Seal the unit to adjoining equipment or walls since it is exposed to spillage or seepage.
  • Equipment - Good Repair and Proper Adjustment
    Observation: Observed a missing vented hood filters in the exhaust ventilation system
    Correction: Repair or replace hood filters and/or eliminate gaps between filters.
  • Equipment - Cutting Surfaces
    Observation: The cutting boards are heavily scratched and scored. The food contact surface is no longer easily cleaned and sanitized due to condition.
    Correction: Resurface or discard and replace the cutting boards to provide a food contact surface that is smooth, easily cleaned and sanitized.
  • Equipment - Non-Food Contact Surfaces and Utensils
    Observation: Surfaces of the ice machine was in contact with non-potentially hazardous food items that were observed soiled with accumulations of grime and debris.
    Correction: Clean the surface of the ice machine at any time when contamination may have occurred, at least every 24 hours, before restocking the consumer self-service equipment/utensils, or per manufacturer specifications.
  • Equipment - Cooking and Baking Equipment (repeated violation)
    Observation: The food contact equipment surface of the ovens are observed soiled with accumulations of grime and debris.
    Correction: Clean the food contact surface of the ovens to prevent accumulations that may reduce heat transfer to adequately cook food and to prevent attract of insects when not in use.
  • Non-Food Contact Surfaces
    Observation: Observed accumulation of grime on the door gasket of the chip station refrigerator.
    Correction: Clean the surface at a frequency necessary to preclude accumulation of soil residues that become encrusted or attract insects and rodents.
  • Equipment, Utensils, Linens, and Single-Service and Single-Use Articles (repeated violation)
    Observation: Single service items observed unprotected from contamination (straws).
    Correction: Store single service items in its original protective packaging or inverted in an approved dispenser.
  • Light Bulbs Protective Shielding (repeated violation)
    Observation: Light bulb in the walk-in refrigerator is not shielded, coated, or otherwise shatter-resistant.
    Correction: Shield or replace light bulb with a coated or shatter-resistant bulb.
  • Physical Facilities in Good Repair (repeated violation)
    Observation: The floor in the kitchen is not maintained in good repair
    Correction: Maintain physical facilities in good repair. Poor repair and maintenance compromises the functionality of the physical facilities.
  • Physical Facilities - Cleaning Frequency and Restrictions
    Observation: The floor in the beer cooler noted in need of cleaning.
    The ceiling tiles in the kitchen noted in need of cleaning.

    Correction: All floors, walls, and ceilings must be cleaned as often as necessary to keep them clean. Cleaning of the physical facilities is an important measure in ensuring the protection and sanitary preparation of food. A regular cleaning schedule should be established and followed to maintain the facility in a clean and sanitary manner.
09/19/2014Routine
  • Equipment - Cooking and Baking Equipment (repeated violation)
    Observation: The food contact equipment surfaces of the ovens are observed soiled with accumulations of grime and debris.
    Correction: Clean the food contact surfaces of the ovens to prevent accumulations that may reduce heat transfer to adequately cook food and to prevent attract of insects when not in use.
04/23/2014Risk Factor
  • Critical: Cooling* (corrected on site) (repeated violation)
    Observation: Chicken prepared on 17 September noted not being adequately cooled to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
    Correction: Cool potentially hazardous foods from 135°F to 70°F within 2 hours and within a total of 6 hours from 135°F to 41°F. A longer time for cooling allows an ideal situation for bacterial growth. This has been shown to be the major contributing factor in many foodborne illnesses. Chicken was discarded.
  • Equipment - Good Repair and Proper Adjustment
    Observation: The door gasket to the reach-in refrigerator is in poor repair.
    Correction: Repair or replace the door gasket in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.
  • Equipment - Cooking and Baking Equipment
    Observation: The food contact equipment surface of the oven is observed soiled with accumulations of grime and debris.
    Correction: Clean the food contact surface of the oven to prevent accumulations that may reduce heat transfer to adequately cook food and to prevent attract of insects when not in use.
  • Equipment, Utensils, Linens, and Single-Service and Single-Use Articles
    Observation: Single service items observed unprotected from contamination (straws).
    Correction: Store single service items in its original protective packaging or inverted in an approved dispenser.
  • Light Bulbs Protective Shielding (repeated violation)
    Observation: Light bulb in the walk-in refrigerator is not shielded, coated, or otherwise shatter-resistant.
    Light bulbs on the exhaust ventilation system are not shielded, coated, or otherwise shatter-resistant.

    Correction: Shield or replace light bulb with a coated or shatter-resistant bulb.
  • Physical Facilities in Good Repair (repeated violation)
    Observation: The kitchen floor is not maintained in good repair
    Correction: Maintain physical facilities in good repair. Poor repair and maintenance compromises the functionality of the physical facilities.
09/18/2013Routine
  • Critical: Cooling* (corrected on site)
    Observation: Ground beef (68 degrees) dated 23 May 2013 noted not being adequately cooled to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. The ground beef was discarded.
    Correction: Cool potentially hazardous foods from 135°F to 70°F within 2 hours and within a total of 6 hours from 135°F to 41°F. A longer time for cooling allows an ideal situation for bacterial growth. This has been shown to be the major contributing factor in many foodborne illnesses.
  • Critical: Food - Potentially Hazardous Food - Cold Holding* (corrected on site) (repeated violation)
    Observation: Fish and shrimp cold holding at improper temperatures
    Correction: Relocate food to a refrigeration unit that is capable of maintaining food storage at 41°F or below.
05/24/2013Risk Factor

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