El Salvador Restaurant, 4805 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204 - Full Service Restaurant inspection findings and violations



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Restaurant: El Salvador Restaurant
Address: 4805 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
Type: Full Service Restaurant
Phone: 703 521-3225
Total inspections: 6
Last inspection: 02/01/2016

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  • Shellstock, Maintaining Identification (corrected on site)
    Observation: The date when the last shellstock from the container was sold or served is not recorded on the tag or label.Corrected by instruction.
    Correction: The date when the last shellstock from the container is sold or served shall be recorded on the tag or label.
  • Contamination/Miscellaneous Sources of (corrected on site) (repeated violation)
    Observation: Shell eggs were stored above cans of V8 in walk in box.
    Correction: Food shall be protected from contamination that may result from a factor or source not specified under Subparts 3-301 - 3-306.
  • Equipment/Good Repair and Proper Adjustment
    Observation: The chest freezer in basement was in need of defrosting.
    Correction: Equipment shall be maintained in a state of repair and condition that meets the requirements specified under Parts 4-1 [Materials for Construction and Repair] and 4-2 [Design and Construction]. Proper maintenance of equipment to manufacturer specifications helps ensure that it will continue to operate as designed. Failure to properly maintain equipment could lead to violations of the associated requirements of the Code that place the health of the consumer at risk. For example, refrigeration units in disrepair may no longer be capable of properly cooling or holding potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods at safe temperatures.
  • Convenience and Accessibility/Toilet Rooms
    Observation: Toilet seat was missing on toilet in men's toilet room.
    Correction: Toilet rooms shall be conveniently located and accessible to employees during all hours of operation. Toilet rooms must be conveniently accessible to food employees at all times to encourage employee use of appropriate facilities for the disposing of human wastes as needed followed by the washing of hands.
  • Ventilation Systems/Cleaning/Nuisance and Discharge Prohibition
    Observation: According to stickers, hoods were due for service.
    Correction: Intake and exhaust air ducts shall be cleaned and filters changed so they are not a urce of contamination by dust, dirt and other materials. Both intake and exhaust ducts can be a source of contamination and must be cleaned regularly. Filters that collect particulate matter must be cleaned or changed frequently to prevent overloading of the filter.
02/01/2016Routine
  • Shellstock, Maintaining Identification (corrected on site)
    Observation: The date when the last shellstock from the container was sold or served is not recorded on the tag or label. Corrected by instruction.
    Correction: The date when the last shellstock from the container is sold or served shall be recorded on the tag or label.
  • Records, Creation and Retention, Written Agreement or Statement (corrected on site)
    Observation: There is no written agreement or statement from the supplier stipulating raw, raw marinated, partially cooked or marinated-partially cooked fish for cevice that are served or sold in ready-to-eat form are frozen and stored at a temperature of -20ºC (-4ºF ) or below for a minimum of 168 hours (7 days) in a freezer
    Correction: frozen at -35ºC (-31ºF) or below for a minimum of 15 hours
07/22/2015Risk Factor
  • Consumer Advisory/Consumption of Animal Foods that are Raw, Undercooked, or Not Otherwise Processed to Eliminate Pathogens
    Observation: The food establishment serves or sells raw or undercooked food and the permit holder does not inform consumers of the significantly increased risk consuming such foods by way of a disclosure and reminder using brochures, deli case or menu advisories, label statements, table tents, placards, or other effective written means. Carry out menu was missing reminder asterisk on statement. Main menu did not have same asterisk symbol for menu items as on statement.
    Correction: The permit holder shall inform consumers of the significantly increased risk of consuming such foods by way of a disclosure and reminder, as specified in paragraphs (B) and (C) of this section using brochures, deli case or menu advisories, label statements, table tents, placards, or other effective written means. (B) Disclosure shall include: (1) A description of the animal-derived foods, such as "oysters on the half shell (raw oysters)," "raw-egg Caesar salad," and "hamburgers (can be cooked to order);" or (2) Identification of the animal-derived foods by asterisking them to a footnote that states that the items are served raw or undercooked, or contain (or may contain) raw or undercooked ingredients. (C) Reminder shall include asterisking the animal-derived foods requiring disclosure to a footnote that states: (1) Regarding the safety of these items, written information is available upon request
  • Equipment/Good Repair and Proper Adjustment
    Observation: Some cabinet doors at wait station were in disrepair.
    Correction: Equipment shall be maintained in a state of repair and condition that meets the requirements specified under Parts 4-1 [Materials for Construction and Repair] and 4-2 [Design and Construction]. Proper maintenance of equipment to manufacturer specifications helps ensure that it will continue to operate as designed. Failure to properly maintain equipment could lead to violations of the associated requirements of the Code that place the health of the consumer at risk. For example, refrigeration units in disrepair may no longer be capable of properly cooling or holding potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods at safe temperatures.
01/23/2015Routine
  • Contamination/Miscellaneous Sources of
    Observation: Ready to eat food is not protected from raw eggs stored above the food.
    Correction: Food shall be protected from contamination that may result from a factor or source not specified under Subparts 3-301 - 3-306.
  • Thawing (corrected on site)
    Observation: Beef steak observed in microwave was observed at 100 F. The meat had been thawed in the microwave and was not immediately transferred to conventional cooking equipment with no interruption (meat had been left in microwave). Food was discarded.
    Correction: Time/temperature control for safety food shall be thawed: (A) Under refrigeration that maintains the food temperature at 5ºC (41ºF) or less
  • Nonfood-Contact Surfaces/Nonabsorbent
    Observation: The nonfood-contact surfaces of the shelving in the walk-in cooler are not corrosion-resistant, nonabsorbent, and/or smooth. Shelving is rusted.
    Correction: Nonfood-contact surfaces of equipment that are exposed to splash, spillage, or other food soiling or that requires frequent cleaning shall be constructed of a corrosion-resistant, nonabsorbent, and smooth material. Nonfood-contact surfaces of equipment routinely exposed to splash or food debris are required to be constructed of nonabsorbent materials to facilitate cleaning. Equipment that is easily cleaned minimizes the presence of pathogenic organisms, moisture, and debris and deters the attraction of rodents and insects.
  • Equipment/Good Repair and Proper Adjustment
    Observation: The two door prep unit in the kitchen is leaking water inside (towels in bottom of unit soaking up water).
    The blender is in poor condition (base of pitcher is cracked).

    Correction: Equipment shall be maintained in a state of repair and condition that meets the requirements specified under Parts 4-1 [Materials for Construction and Repair] and 4-2 [Design and Construction]. Proper maintenance of equipment to manufacturer specifications helps ensure that it will continue to operate as designed. Failure to properly maintain equipment could lead to violations of the associated requirements of the Code that place the health of the consumer at risk. For example, refrigeration units in disrepair may no longer be capable of properly cooling or holding potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods at safe temperatures.
  • Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils (corrected on site)
    Observation: The blender is not clean to sight and touch.
    Correction: Equipment food-contact surfaces and utensils shall be clean to sight and touch. The objective of cleaning focuses on the need to remove organic matter from food-contact surfaces so that sanitization can occur.
  • Physical Facilities/Repairing (repeated violation)
    Observation: Floors and walls in kitchen and restrooms are not maintained in good repair.
    Correction: Physical facilities shall be maintained in good repair. Poor repair and maintenance compromises the functionality of the physical facilities. This requirement is intended to ensure that the physical facilities are properly maintained in order serve their intended purpose.
  • Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions
    Observation: The floors and walls under and behind equipment are not cleaned as often as necessary to keep them clean.
    Correction: Physical facilities shall 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.
  • Cleaning of Plumbing Fixtures
    Observation: Plumbing fixtures (urinals) in men's rest-room are not clean and/or maintained.
    Correction: Plumbing fixtures such as handwashing sinks, toilets, and urinals shall be cleaned as often as necessary to keep them clean and maintained and used as specified under section 5-205.11. Handwashing facilities are critical to food protection and must be maintained in operating order at all times so they will be used.
06/17/2014Routine
Fax pest service receipt to Health Dept.
  • Critical: RTE, PHF(TCS), Date Marking/On-Premises Preparation
    Observation: Observed food prepared on site not date marked.
    Correction: Except when packaging food using a reduced oxygen packaging method as specified under section 3-502.12, refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food (time/temperature control for safety food) prepared and held in a food establishment for more than 24 hours shall be clearly marked to indicate the date or day by which the food shall be consumed on the premises, sold, or discarded, based on the temperature of 5ºC (41ºF) or less for a maximum of 7 days. The day of preparation shall be counted as Day 1. A date marking system that meets the criteria of this section may include: (1) Using a method approved by the regulatory authority for refrigerated, ready-to-eat potentially hazardous food (time/temperature control for safety food) that is frequently rewrapped, such as lunchmeat or a roast, or for which date marking is impractical, such as soft serve mix or milk in a dispensing machine
  • Handwashing Sink/Using/Operation and Maintenance
    Observation: Hand wash sink at bar observed blocked with bottles.
    Correction: A handwashing sink shall be maintained so that it is accessible at all times for employee use. Facilities must be maintained in a condition that promotes handwashing and restricted for that use. Convenient accessibility of a handwashing facility encourages timely handwashing which provides a break in the chain of contamination from the hands of food employees to food or food-contact surfaces.
  • Physical Facilities/Repairing (repeated violation)
    Observation: Observed walls in kitchen in poor repair. Repair to prevent entrance of pests.
    Correction: Physical facilities shall be maintained in good repair. Poor repair and maintenance compromises the functionality of the physical facilities. This requirement is intended to ensure that the physical facilities are properly maintained in order serve their intended purpose.
  • Critical: Controlling Pests (Critical)
    Observation: Observed roaches throughout kitchen. Observed rodent droppings in kitchen.
    Correction: The presence of insects, rodents, and other pests shall be controlled to minimize their presence on the premises by using methods, if pests are found, such as trapping devices or other means of pest control as specified under sections 7-202.12, 7-206.12, and 7-206.13. Insects and other pests are capable of transmitting disease to man by contaminating food and food-contact surfaces. Effective measures must be taken to control their presence in food establishments.
  • Maintaining Premises, Unnecessary Items and Litter
    Observation: Observed items unused, unnecessary to the operation (prep unit in kitchen and items in basement).
    Correction: The premises shall be free of items that are unnecessary to the operation or maintenance of the establishment such as equipment that is nonfunctional or no longer used. The presence of unnecessary articles, including equipment which is no longer used, makes regular and effective cleaning more difficult and less likely. It can also provide harborage for insects and rodents.
10/12/2013Routine
"Keep It Clean" DES poster provided.
  • Critical: Potentially Hazardous Food, Cold Holding (repeated violation)
    Observation: Raw shrimp at 45oF in True 1 door prep unit.
    Correction: Except during preparation, cooking, or cooling, or when time is used as the public health control as specified under section 3-501.19, and except as specified under paragraph (B) of this section, Potentially Hazardous Food (Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food) shall be maintained at 5ºC (41ºF) or less. Bacterial growth and/or toxin production can occur if potentially hazardous food (time/temperature control for safety food) remains in the temperature "Danger Zone" of 5ºC to 57ºC (41ºF to 135ºF) too long. Up to a point, the rate of growth increases with an increase in temperature within this zone. Beyond the upper limit of the optimal temperature range for a particular organism, the rate of growth decreases. Operations requiring heating or cooling of food should be performed as rapidly as possible to avoid the possibility of bacterial growth.
  • Equipment/Good Repair and Proper Adjustment (repeated violation)
    Observation: The prep table has areas of damage, with holes and bent areas.
    Correction: Equipment shall be maintained in a state of repair and condition that meets the requirements specified under Parts 4-1 [Materials for Construction and Repair] and 4-2 [Design and Construction]. Proper maintenance of equipment to manufacturer specifications helps ensure that it will continue to operate as designed. Failure to properly maintain equipment could lead to violations of the associated requirements of the Code that place the health of the consumer at risk. For example, refrigeration units in disrepair may no longer be capable of properly cooling or holding potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods at safe temperatures.
  • Physical Facilities/Repairing (repeated violation)
    Observation: The walk in floor was rusty.
    Correction: Physical facilities shall be maintained in good repair. Poor repair and maintenance compromises the functionality of the physical facilities. This requirement is intended to ensure that the physical facilities are properly maintained in order serve their intended purpose.
  • Drying Mops
    Observation: After use, the mop is not placed in a position that allows it to air-dry without soiling walls, equipment, or supplies.
    Correction: After use, mops shall be placed in a position that allows them to air-dry without soiling walls, equipment, or supplies. Mops can contaminate food and food preparation areas if not properly cleaned and stored after use. Mops should be cleaned and dried in a sanitary manner away from food flow areas.
  • Poisonous or Toxic Materials/Restrictions/Presence and Use (corrected on site) (repeated violation)
    Observation: Raid Ant & Roach spray is not required for the operation and maintenance of the food establishment. Discarded.
    Correction: Only those poisonous or toxic materials that are required for the operation and maintenance of the establishment, such as for the cleaning and sanitizing of equipment and utensils and the control of insects and rodents, shall be allowed in the food establishment. This section does not apply to packaged poisonous or toxic materials that are for retail sale. The presence in the establishment of poisonous or toxic materials that are not required for the maintenance and operation of the establishment represents an unnecessary risk to both employees and consumers. Preserving food safety depends in part on the appropriate and proper storage and use of poisonous or toxic materials that are necessary to the maintenance and operation of a food establishment. Even those that are necessary can pose a hazard if they are used in a manner that contradicts the intended use of the material as described by the manufacturer on the material's label. If additional poisonous or toxic materials are present, there is an unwarranted increased potential for contamination due to improper storage (e.g., overhead spillage that could result in the contamination of food, food-contact surfaces, or food equipment) or inappropriate application.
04/02/2013Routine

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