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13 violations, Playa Azul Authentic Mexican in Wichita bumbles inspection; Can of gasoline stored on a shelf, pan of shrimp stored in the bottom of a sink to thaw. The sink was directly plumbed to the sewer

13 violations, Playa Azul Authentic Mexican in Wichita bumbles inspection; Can of gasoline stored on a shelf, pan of shrimp stored in the bottom of a sink to thaw. The sink was directly plumbed to the sewer

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

Wichita, KS

Playa Azul Authentic Mexican

111 N WASHINGTON
WICHITA, KS 67202
316-267-2284

The Kansas of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/14/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Playa Azul Authentic Mexican 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:

  • The dishwasher was handling dirty dishes and loading the ware washing machine. He then proceeded to touch a clean pan and lid that had just been washed without washing his hands. COS educated the employee, he then washed his hands and the pan and lid were placed back into the ware washing machine to clean again.
  • Next to the ware washing machine there was a pan of shrimp stored in the bottom of a sink to thaw. The sink was directly plumbed to the sewer. COS The shrimp was moved to the walk-in cooler for thawing.
  • In the walk in cooler, on a wire shelving unit, raw chicken was stored above raw beef. No leakage present. COS-PIC moved raw chicken to the bottom shelf and raw beef above.
  • There was a pan of rice on the counter that was at 1:17 pm was 123 degrees after 1 hour of cooling and an hour later it was still at 123 at its coldest spot. COS The rice was discarded. Educated the staff about cooling procedures, using ice bath, smaller portions, placing food in the walk-in cooler or freezer to rapidly cool…
  • In the walk-in cooler there were three 5 gallon containers of salsa that were cooked and placed into cooling on 2/13 that were at 56, 55, and 44 degrees in the center. COS the salsa was discarded. Educated the staff on cooling processes, using chill sticks, ice bath, small portions and metal pans.
  • Salsa was placed to cool in large, full 5 gallon plastic containers without the aid of an ice bath, chill sticks, or smaller potions, or metal pans. As a result after over 24 hours of cooling the salsa was out of temp. and was voluntary discarded. COS educated the staff on proper cooling procedures and provided handouts on cooling.
  • In the walk-in cooler there was a pan of cooked pork that was not dated. The person in charge confirmed it was prepared on 2/8. COS The pork was dated.
  • The menu contains a consumer advisory however none of the menu items are linked to the advisory by asterisk. Not COS
  • On the clean dish rack, a metal pan was stacked on top of another metal pan with sticker residue on it. COS-PIC moved both pans to ware wash for further cleaning. In the clean dish area a strainer , stored as clean, had an accumulation of batter in the bottom of it. COS-PIC moved it to ware wash for further cleaning On a knife rack above the prep table, 2 knives were stored as clean with dried food debris on them. COS-PIC moved the knives to ware wash for further cleaning. On a wire rack, cheese grater blades were stored as clean, had dried food debris between the teeth of the blades. COS-PIC moved the blades to the ware wash for further cleaning. On a wire rack, stored as clean, the dicer had dried food debris between the teeth of the blades and on the press of the dicer. COS-PIC moved the dicer to ware wash for further cleaning.
  • Upon inspection arrival the hand wash sink next to ware wash, had a metal pan of Tilapia thawing in it. COS-PIC moved the pan to the prep sink.
  • ┬áSpray bottles under the ware washing machine with a brown liquid in them were not labeled. The person in charge confirmed them to be bleach and oven cleaner. COS The bottles were labeled.
  • On the dry storage shelf Liquid cold and flu medicine was stored on a wire shelf above foil to go food containers and next to food release spray and food storage bags, COS The medicine was moved to the employee restroom.

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