El Rinconcito Del Sabor, 410 S Sterling Blvd, Sterling, VA 20164 - Full Service Restaurant inspection findings and violations

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Restaurant: El Rinconcito del Sabor
Address: 410 S Sterling Blvd, Sterling, VA 20164
Type: Full Service Restaurant
Phone: 703 421-0013
Total inspections: 3
Last inspection: 03/31/2016

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All violations maintained corrected/corrected, facility did a great job cleaning up and organizing/date labeling, Written procedures for pupusa mixtures were reviewed, facility using time correctly, please monitor walk in cooler temperatures every day to ensure everything maintains 41F or below, facility utilizing 3 compartment sink correctly 50 ppm chlorine bleach sanitizer.
No violation noted during this evaluation.
  • Critical: Hands - Preventing Contamination from Hands* (corrected on site)
    Observation: Employees observed handling ready-to-eat (RTE) food with their bare hands.
    Correction: Provide suitable utensils such as deli tissue, spatulas, tongs, single-use gloves, or dispensing equipment to handle RTE food to prevent contamination from hands.
  • Critical: Food - Potentially Hazardous Food - Cold Holding* (corrected on site) (repeated violation)
    Observation: items in the walk in cooler cold holding at improper temperatures.
    Correction: Cold hold potentially hazardous food at 41°F or below to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.adjust walk in cooler to 38 or 39
  • Critical: Date Marking - Ready-to-Eat - Potentially Hazardous Food - Date Marking*
    Observation: The prepared ready-to-eat (RTE) foods in the refrigeration unit is not properly dated for disposition.
    Correction: Mark the name and "consume by" date on the container of RTE foods at the time of preparation if the food is to be held for more than 24 hours. If the food is held at 41°F or below the food shall be served or sold within 7 calendar days. Some harmful bacteria continue to grow even at refrigeration temperatures so limiting the amount of time in storage limits the amount of growth allowed for these bacteria.
  • Critical: Time as a Public Health Control*
    Observation: No written procedures for the use of time as a public health control with potentially hazardous foods.Facility using time as a public health control for the pupusas during lunch time
    Correction: Provide written procedures for the use of time as a public health control. The procedures must include the following steps or practices: a. Food must be marked with the time within which it must be cooked, served or discarded. b. The food is served or discarded within four hours from the time when the food is removed from temperature control c. Food in unmarked containers or packages, or for which the time expires is discarded and d. Written procedures are maintained in the food establishment and made available to the regulatory authority upon request e. Once time is implemented as a control measure for potentially hazardous food, no other measures may be substituted.
  • Equipment and Utensils - Multiuse, Characteristics
    Observation: the rice cooker is corroded and no longer easily cleanable
    Correction: Repair or replace the rice cooker to permit easy cleaning and prevent the migration of deleterious substances, or transference of colors, odors, or tastes to food.
  • Sanitizing Solutions, Testing Devices
    Observation: There is no properly working test kit provided in the facility for monitoring the concentration of the chemical sanitizing solutions.
    Correction: Obtain a chlorine bleach test kit so that employees can accurately monitor the concentration of the sanitizing solutions and maintain them at a safe and effective level.
  • Toilet Rooms - Enclosed
    Observation: Toilet room door is not tight fitting. and/or provided with a self- closing door
    Correction: Provide toilet room door that is tight fitting. Completely enclosed toilet facilities minimize the potential for the spread of disease by the movement of flies and other insects between the toilet facility and food preparation areas.
  • Handwashing Cleanser - Availability
    Observation: Soap was not provided at the hand washing lavatory in the kitchen
    Correction: Hand soap must be provided at all hand washing lavatories to encourage proper hand washing. Hand cleanser must always be present to aid in reducing microorganisms and particulate matter found on hands.
  • Physical Facilities - Cleaning Frequency and Restrictions
    Observation: Facility in need of a deep cleaning with focus on the wall behind the hot holding unit.
    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.
Met with owner of facility. The facility was not sold. As the food permit was surrendered, the permit must be reapplied for with correct information.
  • Critical: Food - Potentially Hazardous Food - Hot Holding* (corrected on site)
    Observation: Beans hot holding at improper temperatures.
    Correction: Rapidly reheat the food to 165°F and maintain at 135°F or above through the hot holding period.
  • Critical: Food - Potentially Hazardous Food - Cold Holding* (corrected on site)
    Observation: Tomatoes cold holding at improper temperatures
    Correction: Discard the food and ensure that potentially hazardous foods for cold holding are maintained at 41°F or below to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.

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