New Szechuan Express, 5715 Edsall Rd A, Alexandria, VA 22304 - Carry Out Food Service Only inspection findings and violations



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Restaurant: New Szechuan Express
Address: 5715 Edsall Rd A, Alexandria, VA 22304
Type: Carry Out Food Service Only
Phone: 703 370-1852
Total inspections: 11
Last inspection: 03/07/2016

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This visit was made to conduct a routine risk evaluation.
1. Train employees on proper hand washing.
2. Use diagram provided to train employees on how to store different types of meat in the walk-in refrigerator.
3. Time/temperature control for safety foods (time/temperature control for safety food) shall be thawed using one of the following methods:
a) under refrigeration that maintains the food temperature at 41°F or less,
b) completely submerged under running water at a water temperature of 70°F or below with a sufficient velocity to agitate and float off loose particles of food as long as held for period of time at a temperature of 41°F or less, or
c) as part of a cooking process if the food is cooked as specified by Law or thawed in a microwave oven and immediately transferred to a conventional cooking process

  • Critical: Hands and Arms / Cleaning Procedure
    Observation: Employee failed to wash his hands for 20 seconds. EHS instructed the food service worker on proper hand wsshing.
    Correction: ALL food employees shall wash their hands in the following manner:
    1. remove and discard used gloves,
    2. turn on warm water at the hand sink,
    3. rinse hands/arms with warm water,
    4. lather hands/arms with soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds,
    5. rinse hands/arms with warm water, and
    6. dry hands/arms with paper towels and then turn off the water at the hand sink using the paper towel.
  • Handwashing / Where to Wash
    Observation: A food employee was observed cleaning their hands in a food preparation sink. EHS instructed food service worker to wash his hands at the hand sink.
    Correction: Instruct food employees to clean their hands in a handwashing sink. Food employees may not clean their hands in a sink used for food preparation, or in a service sink or a curbed cleaning facility used for the disposal of mop water.
  • Critical: Eating, Drinking, or Tobacco Use / Proper Food Employee Drinking Containers (corrected on site)
    Observation: Employee observed eating in the cooking area. Employee was inspected to discontinue eating in the kitchen.
    Correction: The FPM must designate an area away from food and food equipment for employees' to eat.
  • Critical: Employee Beverage Containers (corrected on site)
    Observation: Open drinking containers stored in a manner that may contaminate food, food contact surfaces or utensils. Open drink container was covered during the inspection.
    Correction: Food employees may have beverages in the kitchen areas as long as they are covered and consumed through a straw and stored in a manner that will prevent contamination to food, equipment, utensils, linens, and single service items
  • Package Integrity & No Dented Cans/ Specifications for Receiving (corrected on site)
    Observation: Food from damaged packaging offered for sale or service. Several cans of water chestnuts are badly dented. FPM removed the dented cans during the inspection.
    Correction: Discard or return food products once the packaging is damaged or is in bad condition. Food packages must be in good condition to protect the integrity of the contents so that food is not exposed to adulteration or potential contaminants.
  • Critical: Food Protection from Contamination / Separate Raw from RTE (repeated violation)
    Observation: Raw animal food (chicken) stored over ready-to-eat food (potatoes) in the walk-in refrigeration unit. The potatoes were relocated during the inspection.
    Correction: Raw foods like poultry, beef, pork, seafood, and eggs shall be stored properly inside refrigerators and freezers to prevent cross contamination. Raw foods shall be stored on shelving units BELOW or SEPARATED from all cooked foods, commercially processed foods, washed produce, leftover foods, etc.
  • Food Protection from Contamination / Package, Cover, Wrap
    Observation: Unwrapped or uncovered food in the following location where the food is subject to contamination: in the prep cooler.
    Correction: Foods shall remain covered at all times.
  • Thawing / Approved Methods (corrected on site)
    Observation: Observed improper methods used to thaw food. Shrimp and chicken wing were improperly defrosting at room temperature. The shrimp was placed under cold running water and the chicken wings were placed in the walk-in refrigerator.
    Correction: Potentially hazardous foods (time/temperature control for safety food) shall be thawed using one of the following methods: 1) under refrigeration that maintains the food temperature at 41°F or less, 2) completely submerged under running water at a water temperature of 70°F or below with a sufficient velocity to agitate and float off loose particles of food as long as held for period of time at a temperature of 41°F or less, or 3) as part of a cooking process if the food is cooked as specified by Law or thawed in a microwave oven and immediately transferred to a conventional cooking process, 4) Using any procedure if a portion of frozen ready to eat food is thawed and prepared for immediate service in response to an individual consumer's order, 5) Reduced Oxygen Packaged fish that bears a label indicating that it is to be kept frozen until time of use shall be removed from the reduced oxygen environment: (a) Prior to its thawing under refrigeration as specified in (1) of this section
  • Time as a Public Health Control/ Written Procedures Available (corrected on site)
    Observation: The person in charge is not able to provide written procedures for the use of time as a public health control with the following potentially hazardous food item(s): cabbage. Provide documentation if time is going to be used as a public health control. FPM stated she will use temperature as the public health control for cabbage.
    Correction: If time only is used as a public health control for a working supply of potentially hazardous foods (time/temperature control for safety food) before cooking or for ready to eat, potentially hazardous foods that is displayed or held for service for immediate consumption, written procedures shall be prepared in advance and maintained in the food establishment and made available to the regulatory authority upon request. The permit holder should be able to describe the process to the Health Department.
  • Critical: Separation of Toxics by Spacing or Partitioning (corrected on site)
    Observation: Observed that poisonous and toxic materials are not properly stored to prevent the contamination of food, equipment, utensils, linens or single service items. WD-40 improperly stored with clean equipment. The WD-40 was discarded during the inspection.
    Correction: All poisonous and toxic materials shall be stored to prevent contamination of food, equipment, utensils, linens, and single service items by separating the poisonous and toxic materials by spacing or partitioning.
03/07/2016Routine
  • Critical: Handwashing / When to wash hands (corrected on site)
    Observation: A food employee failed to wash his or her hands before engaging in food preparation, after touching bare human body parts, after coughing, sneezing, eating, after handling soiled utensils, or after engaging in any activity that could contaminate the hands.
    Correction: ALL food employees shall be washing their hands OFTEN especially after handling trash, using the restroom, handling raw meats, handling soiled equipment and utensils, BEFORE putting on clean gloves, etc. Proper handwashing frequencies will aid in the reduction foodborne illness.
  • Critical: No Bare Hand Contact with RTE Foods (corrected on site)
    Observation: Food employee(s) was observed handling the following ready-to-eat foods using their bare hands:dispencing cooked rice using container (without handle) with bare hand.
    Correction: Except when washing fruits and vegetables, food employees may not contact ready-to-eat foods using their bare hands. Employees shall be using suitable utensils such as deli tissue, spatulas, tongs, or clean disposable gloves to handle all ready-to-eat foods. Proper handling of food and effective handwashing procedures will help prevent foodborne illness.
  • Critical: Food Protection from Contamination / Separate Raw from RTE (corrected on site)
    Observation: Raw animal food (raw chicken, eggs) stored over ready-to-eat food in the refrigeration unit.
    Correction: Raw foods like poultry, beef, pork, seafood, and eggs shall be stored properly inside refrigerators and freezers to prevent cross contamination. Raw foods shall be stored on shelving units BELOW or SEPARATED from all cooked foods, commercially processed foods, washed produce, leftover foods, etc.
  • Food Storage Containers, Identified with Common Name of Food (corrected on site)
    Observation: Large food containers in the kitchen were not labeled.
    Correction: ALL food and ingredients removed from their original container and stored in other food containers, squeeze bottles or "shakers" shall be labeled properly using the common name of the food (if the food or ingredient is not easily distinguished). For example, all cooking oils, salt, sugar, flour, starch, spices, herbs, etc. shall be labeled.
  • Equipment / Floor Mounted / Elevate 6' / Seal
    Observation: No clearance space between the floor and frezers (2).
    Correction: Floor-mounted equipment that is not easily movable shall be sealed to the floor or elevated on legs that provide at least a 6 inch clearance between the floor and the equipment.
  • Toilet Room Doors Kept Closed (corrected on site)
    Observation: Observed that toilet room door is being kept open.
    Correction: Keep toilet room doors closed to prevent insect and rodent entrance and the associated spread of potential disease.
  • Common Name on Working Containers of Toxics (Cleaners, Sanitizers) (corrected on site)
    Observation: Working containers of chemical sanitizer are not properly labeled.
    Correction: Working containers of toxic items are to be properly labeled with contents. Identification of these containers with the common name of the material helps prevent the dangerous misuse of the contents.
07/22/2015Routine
This visit was made to conduct a routine risk evaluation.
1. Make sure to mark the time for the cabbage and noodles as per your time as a public health control plan. You can mark the time that you took it out, or the time that is must be discarded.
2. Use diagram provided to train employees on how to store different types of meat in the walk-in.
Great improvement in hand washing practices.

  • Critical: Food Protection from Contamination / Separate Types of Raw Animal Foods (corrected on site) (repeated violation)
    Observation: Different types of raw animal foods stored in such a manner that may cause cross contamination as follows: observed raw chicken over beef and pork in walk-in cooler.
    Correction: Raw animal foods shall be sorted by their "type" and cooking temperatures while in storage inside a refrigerator or freezer. For example, if using ONE shelving unit for storage of ONLY raw foods, the foods shall be sorted in this manner: 1) raw poultry (chicken, turkey, or duck) shall be stored on the BOTTOM shelf (165°F cook temperature), 2) raw ground beef and ground pork shall be stored on the shelf above poultry (155°F cook temperature), and 3) raw pork (chops, ribs), seafood, and shell eggs shall be stored on the top shelf above beef (145°F cook temperature). (PIC moved chicken to bottom shelf)
  • Time as a Public Health Control/ Up to 4 Hours for Cold & Hot PHF(TCS) / Requirements (corrected on site)
    Observation: The following food item(s) for which time rather than temperature is being used as a control was not marked or otherwise identified to indicate the time that is 4 hours past the point in time when the food is removed from temperature control: cabbage and noodles.
    Correction: Food item(s) for which time rather than temperature is being used as a control shall be marked or otherwise identified to indicate the time that is 4 hours past the point in time when the food is removed from temperature control. (PIC reported that they had only been out for about an hour, and moved them back in the fridge)
03/25/2015Routine
  • Critical: Hands and Arms / Cleaning Procedure (corrected on site)
    Observation: Observed food employees using improper handwashing procedures (employees did not use paper towel to turn off faucet) proper method demonstrated
    Correction: ALL food employees shall wash their hands in the following manner: 1) remove and discard used gloves, 2) turn on warm water at the hand sink, 3) rinse hands/arms with warm water, 4) lather hands/arms with soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds, 5) rinse hands/arms with warm water, and 6) dry hands/arms with paper towels and then turn off the water at the hand sink using the paper towel. Effective handwashing will aid in the reduction of foodborne illness and is an important part of the food employee training program.
  • Critical: Food Protection from Contamination / Separate Types of Raw Animal Foods (corrected on site)
    Observation: Different types of raw animal foods stored in such a manner that may cause cross contamination as follows: raw chicken over raw beef in plastic tub in walk in. chicken moved to bottom shelf
    Correction: Raw animal foods shall be sorted by their "type" and cooking temperatures while in storage inside a refrigerator or freezer. For example, if using ONE shelving unit for storage of ONLY raw foods, the foods shall be sorted in this manner: 1) raw poultry (chicken, turkey, or duck) shall be stored on the BOTTOM shelf (165°F cook temperature), 2) raw ground beef and ground pork shall be stored on the shelf above poultry (155°F cook temperature), and 3) raw pork (chops, ribs), seafood, and shell eggs shall be stored on the top shelf above beef (145°F cook temperature).
  • Critical: Cold Holding of Potentially Hazardous Food at 41°F or less (corrected on site)
    Observation: The following food item(s) were measured at improper temperatures: noodles, cut cabbage (small amount left out at room temp. less than 2 hours)
    Correction: Potentially hazardous foods (time/temperature control for safety food) shall be held cold at a temperature of 41°F or below (time as a public health control will be done for these items)
  • Date Marking of RTE, PHF(TCS) Prepared On-Site, Stored at 41°F or less (corrected on site)
    Observation: The following ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food in the refrigeration unit is not used within 24 hours of preparation and is not properly dated for disposition within 7 days at 41°F: most items in walk in (dates corrcted onsite)
    Correction: Refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous foods (time/temperature control for safety food) that are prepared on site and held at 41°For below shall be clearly labeled and date marked with a "USE BY" not exceeding 7 TOTAL DAYS. If the food is held for only 24 hours, no date marking is required. For example, if foods like leftover soups, chili, tuna salad, potato salad, pasta salad, etc. are prepared on 10/1 they shall be date marked with a "use by" date not exceeding 10/7
  • Cutting Boards / Resurface / Discard
    Observation: The cutting board(s) along the flip top unit in the back are heavily scratched and scored. The food contact surface is no longer easily cleaned and sanitized due to condition.
    Correction: Surfaces such as cutting blocks and boards that are subject to scratching and scoring shall be resurfaced if they can no longer be effectively cleaned and sanitized, or discarded if they are not capable of being resurfaced.
10/16/2014Routine
  • Critical: Cooling Potentially Hazardous Foods (corrected on site)
    Observation: Observed that the following potentially hazardous foods were not cooled from 135°F to 70°F within a 2 hours: numerous foods cooling j@ 90F and 96F after 2 hours. All fodds placed in walk-in unit in shallow containers.
    Correction: Potentially hazardous foods shall be cooled from 135°F to 70°F within 2 hoursand from and 135°F to 41°F within a total of 6 hours to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Foods that have been temperature abused must be discarded.
05/29/2014Risk Factor
Repairs have been made to kitchen handsink.
No violation noted during this evaluation.
02/05/2014Follow-up
Reinspect for compliance with hot water at kitchen handsink.
  • Critical: Employee Health Policy Requirements (corrected on site)
    Observation: Through conversation and/or review of written policy, it was determined that the establishment's employee health policy (EHP) is not compliant with the Food Code because: gave new form for emp. health policy.
    Correction: Create and implement an EHP that: 1) requires employees to report certain symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, sore throat with fever, or a lesion/infected wound) and illnesses (Norovirus, Hepatitis A, Salmonella Typhi, E. coli, or Shigella)
  • Wiping Cloths / Use Limitation /Dry (corrected on site)
    Observation: Wiping cloths improperly used for the following activity: cloth towel covering food.
    Correction: Cloths shall not be used for any other purposes. For example, cloths shall not be placed under cutting boards to prevent the boards from sliding while in use.
  • Physical Facilities Good Repair
    Observation: No hot water at handsink. Repair within 24 hrs.
    Correction: Maintain physical facilities in good repair. Poor repair and maintenance compromises the functionality of the physical facilities.
01/29/2014Routine
  • Critical: Food Protection from Contamination / Separate Types of Raw Animal Foods (corrected on site) (repeated violation)
    Observation: Different types of raw animal foods stored in such a manner that may cause cross contamination as follows: raw chicken was improperly stored above beef. The chicken was relocated during the inspection.
    Correction: Raw animal foods shall be sorted by their "type" and cooking temperatures while in storage inside a refrigerator or freezer. For example, if using ONE shelving unit for storage of ONLY raw foods, the foods shall be sorted in this manner: 1) raw poultry (chicken, turkey, or duck) shall be stored on the BOTTOM shelf (165°F cook temperature), 2) raw ground beef and ground pork shall be stored on the shelf above poultry (155°F cook temperature), and 3) raw pork (chops, ribs), seafood, and shell eggs shall be stored on the top shelf above beef (145°F cook temperature).
  • Critical: Cold Holding (corrected on site)
    Observation: Chicken was cold holding at 44ºF. The chicken was relocated to a colder unit.
    Correction: Discard the food and ensure that potentially hazardous foods for cold holding are maintained at 41ºF or below to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.
09/04/2013Follow-up
  • Hair Restraint Effectiveness (corrected on site)
    Observation: Employees observed working in the food service area without proper hair restraints.
    Correction: Food employees shall wear hair restraints such as hats, visors, hair nets or beard nets to effectively keep their hair from contacting exposed food, clean equipment, utensils, linens, and unwrapped single-service items. 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.
  • Package Integrity & No Dented Cans/ Specifications for Receiving (corrected on site)
    Observation: The following food item(s) from damaged packaging were found offered for sale or service: canned beef stew. Canned beef stew was discarded during the inspection.
    Correction: Food packages such as canned goods shall be in good condition and protect the integrity of the contents so that the food is not exposed to adulteration or potential contaminants. Return all dented and damaged canned goods to your food supplier for a credit.
  • Critical: Food Protection from Contamination / Separate Raw from RTE (corrected on site)
    Observation: Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in the walk-in refrigeration unit. Raw chicken was improperly stored above produce in the walk-in refrigerator. The chicken was relocated during the inspection.
    Correction: Raw foods like poultry, beef, pork, seafood, and eggs shall be stored properly inside refrigerators and freezers to prevent cross contamination. Raw foods shall be stored on shelving units BELOW or SEPARATED from all cooked foods, commercially processed foods, washed produce, leftover foods, etc.
  • Critical: Cold Holding of Potentially Hazardous Food at 41°F or less (corrected on site)
    Observation: The following food item(s) were measured at improper temperatures: shrimp, beef, chicken, and egg rolls. The shrimp, beef, and chicken were discarded and the egg rolls were relocated to the walk-in refrigerator.
    Correction: Potentially hazardous foods (time/temperature control for safety food) shall be held cold at a temperature of 41°F or below.
  • Equipment / Good Repair / Operation
    Observation: The following mechanical refrigeration unit is not currently operating as required to cold hold food at a temperature of 41°F or less: the flip top refrigeration units.
    Correction: Refrigerators shall be capable of holding foods at a temperature of 41°F or below. Repair the unit(s) immediately. Foods exposed to temperature abuse for over 2 hours shall be discarded, otherwise, the foods shall be stored in properly operating refrigerators.
  • Outer Openings, Protected (corrected on site)
    Observation: An exterior front door is blocked open. This may allow the entry of insects or rodents. Numerous flies were observed in the kitchen. The door was closed during the inspection.
    Correction: All exterior doors must be sold and tight-fitting, and must be self-closing. Exterior doors used only as emergency exits do not need to be self-closing.
  • Maintaining Premises Free of Litter
    Observation: Observed an accumulation of litter on the premises.
    Correction: Remove all litter from the premises to allow for regular and effective cleaning and to prevent harborage conditions.
  • Cleaning Frequency for Physical Facilities
    Observation: Observed that the florr in the kitchen is in need of cleaning.
    Correction: Clean the physical facilities at a frequency necessary to ensure the protection and safe preparation of food.
09/03/2013Routine
  • Critical: No Bare Hand Contact with RTE Foods (corrected on site)
    Observation: Food employee(s) was observed handling the following ready-to-eat foods using their bare hands: a bowl was used as a scoop in the rice cooker. A scoop was provided during the inspection
    Correction: Except when washing fruits and vegetables, food employees may not contact ready-to-eat foods using their bare hands. Employees shall be using suitable utensils such as deli tissue, spatulas, tongs, or clean disposable gloves to handle all ready-to-eat foods. Proper handling of food and effective handwashing procedures will help prevent foodborne illness.
  • Critical: Food Protection from Contamination / Separate Types of Raw Animal Foods (corrected on site) (repeated violation)
    Observation: Different types of raw animal foods stored in such a manner that may cause cross contamination as follows: chicken was improperly stored above beef in the walk-in refrigerator and pork was improperly stored under chicken in the reach-in freezer. The chicken was relocated during the inspection.
    Correction: Raw animal foods shall be sorted by their "type" and cooking temperatures while in storage inside a refrigerator or freezer. For example, if using ONE shelving unit for storage of ONLY raw foods, the foods shall be sorted in this manner: 1) raw poultry (chicken, turkey, or duck) shall be stored on the BOTTOM shelf (165°F cook temperature), 2) raw ground beef and ground pork shall be stored on the shelf above poultry (155°F cook temperature), and 3) raw pork (chops, ribs), seafood, and shell eggs shall be stored on the top shelf above beef (145°F cook temperature).
  • Toilet Room Doors Kept Closed (corrected on site)
    Observation: Observed that toilet room doors are being kept open. The door was closed during the inspection.
    Correction: Keep toilet room doors closed to prevent insect and rodent entrance and the associated spread of potential disease.
04/24/2013Routine
  • Critical: Hands and Arms / Cleaning Procedure (corrected on site) (repeated violation)
    Observation: Observed food employees using improper handwashing procedures. Employee failed to wash his hand s for 20 seconds. Employee instructed during the inspection.
    Correction: ALL food employees shall wash their hands in the following manner: 1) remove and discard used gloves, 2) turn on warm water at the hand sink, 3) rinse hands/arms with warm water, 4) lather hands/arms with soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds, 5) rinse hands/arms with warm water, and 6) dry hands/arms with paper towels and then turn off the water at the hand sink using the paper towel. Effective handwashing will aid in the reduction of foodborne illness and is an important part of the food employee training program.
  • Eating, Drinking, or Tobacco Use / Proper Food Employee Drinking Containers (corrected on site) (repeated violation)
    Observation: Open drinking containers stored in a manner that may contaminate food, food contact surfaces or utensils. Open drinking container was discarded during the inspection.
    Correction: Food employees may have beverages in the kitchen areas as long as they are covered and consumed through a straw and stored in a manner that will prevent contamination to food, equipment, utensils, linens, and single service items.
  • Food Protection from Contamination / Package, Cover, Wrap (repeated violation)
    Observation: Unwrapped or uncovered food in the following location where the food is subject to contamination: egg rolls were uncovered in the walk-in refrigerator.
    Correction: Foods shall remain covered at all times.
  • Food Storage / Preventing Contamination
    Observation: Food stored on the floor and/or food stored less than 6 inches off the floor. Food was improperly stored on the walk-in refrigerator floor. Foods were elevated during the inspection.
    Correction: Food shall be protected from contamination by storing the food at least 6 inches off the floor on approved shelving units or dunnage racks. Milk crates, soda crates, or bread racks are not suitable for food storage.
  • Food Contact Surface/Durable/Nonabsorbent (repeated violation)
    Observation: Food contact surfaces of equipment and utensils are not durable. A chicken box was reused to store cooked chicken. Cardboard box was discarded during the inspection.
    Correction: Materials that are used in the construction of utensils and food contact surfaces of equipment may not allow the migration of deleterious substances or impart colors, odors, or tastes to food and under normal use conditions shall be durable, corrosion-resistant, and nonabsorbant.
  • Controlling Pests by Routine Inspection of Premises (repeated violation)
    Observation: The premises is not being routinely inspected for the presence of insects, rodents, and other pests. Evidence of mice observed mouse droppings in the dry storage area
    Correction: Insects and other pests are capable of transmitting disease to people by contaminating food and food-contact surfaces. Routinely inspect the premises to control the presence of pests on the premises.
12/28/2012Routine

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