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Cafe Del Rio in Pittsburg bumbles inspection; “A roach crawled from under the grill/fryer area across the floor to under the make table,” 9 violations

Cafe Del Rio in Pittsburg bumbles inspection; “A roach crawled from under the grill/fryer area across the floor to under the make table,” 9 violations

By: Robert Dewey | robert.dewey@kansasrestaurantinspections.com

Pittsburg, KS

Cafe Del Rio

202 E CENTENNIAL AVE
PITTSBURG, KS 66762
417-782-1767

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/19/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Cafe Del Rio in Pittsburg was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Kansas food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 9 violations were found.

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • In the lowboy cooler a pan of tilapia was thawing with the packaging intact. The PIC said the tilapia is pulled daily. COS- slits were cut into the packaging.
  • Multiple food items that had been cooked and cooled previously were continuing to heat in wells in the steam tables after they had been heated in the microwave according to the cooks. The foods measured as follows: shredded chicken 92F, brown sauce 145F, cheese sauce 140F. COS- the foods were placed either on direct heat or back into the microwave to reheat to 165F.
  • In the WIC the following foods that had been heated the previous day and placed into the WIC to cool measured: cheese sauce 57F, refried beans 52 and refried beans 45F. The items were in large, deep lidded metal pans. The items did not cool properly. COS- discarded.
  • In the make table a plastic squeeze bottle of made on site ranch dressing measured 46F. The bottle was sitting above the cooling level of the unit. The cook said it had been in the unit overnight. COS- discarded
  • In the kitchen RIC a tray of seafood enchiladas were dated 2/12-2/18. They had been held greater than 7 days. COS- discarded.
  • A cook was using a dial thermometer to measure temperatures of foods that were being reheated. He did not sanitize the thermometer before inserting the probe into several different containers of foods including after it had been stored on the soiled surface of the make table. COS- thermometer was sanitized.
  • The in-use mechanical dish machine measured 0 PPM chlorine sanitizing solution. The machine was primed but still did not dispense chemical. COS- a tub of chlorine sanitizing solution was set up.
  • A roach crawled from under the grill/fryer area across the floor to under the make table. The PIC said a pest control company treats every 2 weeks and had just treated on Monday.
  • At the rear kitchen prep table a spray can of oven & grill cleaner was stored on a wire rack above clean utensils. Foods are also prepped on the table below. COS- moved.

Abbreviations used by inspectors:

AVB- An Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker (AVB) is a backflow prevention device used in plumbing to prevent backflow of non-potable liquids into the drinking water system
BOH- Back of the House
CFSM- Certified Food Safety Manager
COS- Corrected on-site during inspection
FCS- Food contact surface
PIC- Person-in-charge
PHF- Potentially Hazardous Foods
RIC- Reach in cooler
RTE- Ready to Eat
WIC- Walk-in cooler