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13 violations for Olathe’s El Taco Miendo; Thirty lively small flying insects in the establishment, WD-40 stored in direct contact with bag of cocoa powder

13 violations for Olathe’s El Taco Miendo; Thirty lively small flying insects in the establishment, WD-40 stored in direct contact with bag of cocoa powder

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

Olathe, KS

El Taco Miendo

401 PARKER ST
OLATHE, KS 66061
913-538-6494

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 3/3/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations El Taco Miendo was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Kansas food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 13 violations were found.

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

  • Thirty lively small flying insects in the establishment, by the three vat sink, the mop sink, and in the dining room.
  • Cook handled raw bacon with her gloved hands, and, without a hand wash or a glove change, used her unclean gloved hands to handle ready to eat buns. Corrected on site: Voluntary disposal of the buns. A cook used her gloved hands to place raw chorizo on the grill top and, without a hand wash or glove change, used her unclean gloved hands in direct contact with ready to eat tortillas. Corrected on site: Voluntary disposal of the tortillas.
  • Employee wore gloves and exited the kitchen, then re-entered the kitchen wearing gloves, and without a hand wash, handled ready to eat diced onions and cilantro. Corrected on site: Educated, washed hands and changed gloves. Employee wiped her hands on a wiping cloth stored out of solution on a countertop and, without a hand wash, handled french fries. Corrected on site: Educated, voluntary disposal of french fries.
  • In the walk in cooler, raw bacon was stored on a wire shelf over cooked, ready to eat cooked beef. No leakage evident. Corrected on site: Rearranged cooler. In the walk in cooler, raw pattied beef was stored on a wire shelf over bags of ready to eat cooked buns. No leakage evident. Corrected on site: Rearranged cooler.
  • A container of opened canned chipotle peppers in sauce was date marked as opened on February 11, more than seven days ago. Corrected on site: Educated, voluntary disposal.
  • Bags of made on site Duros (puffed wheat snacks) did not bear allergen information.
  • Carrots were stored in direct contact with Sterilite storage containers in the walk in cooler. These containers are not approved for direct food contact. Corrected on site: Educated, person in charge will buy different containers. In the kitchen, on a shelf, cookies were stored in direct contact with thank you bags, an inappropriate food contact surface. Corrected on site: Educated, moved to approved area.
  • In the clean dish area, four plastic lids were cracked on food contact surfaces and three spatulas were discolored and cracked on the food contact surfaces. Corrected on site: Educated, removed from use.
  • Seven dishes were put away as clean in the clean dish area with visible sticker residues and greasy residues on the food contact surfaces. Corrected on site: Moved to be rewashed.
  • Four pump containers held different colored solutions and were not marked with the contents. Corrected on site: Labeled.
  • A can of WD-40 was stored over a make table in the back of the kitchen. Corrected on site: Moved, educated.
  • Two cans of Raid Flying Insect spray (EPA Reg 4822-569, EPA Est 4822-WI-1) were stored in the kitchen. Not approved for commercial use. Corrected on site: Removed from use.