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El Gordo Mexican in Wichita fouls inspection; Commercial can opener that was heavily soiled with old food debris, potato slicer soiled with food debris

El Gordo Mexican in Wichita fouls inspection; Commercial can opener that was heavily soiled with old food debris, potato slicer soiled with food debris

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

Wichita, KS

El Gordo Mexican Food

11333 Central AVE
Wichita, KS 67206
316-613-3868

Kansas Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) food safety and lodging program conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 8/20/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations El Gordo Mexican Food 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 reach-in cooler there was a pan of breaded fish that was not dated. The person in charge was not able to determine how long the fish had been in the cooler. The breading had mostly fallen off and there were pieces of cheese and tomatoes that had fallen in the pan. COS The fish was voluntary discarded.
  • In the walk-in cooler there was a case of raw chicken stored next to and touching orange soda bottles. No leakage was observed. COS The orange soda bottles were moved away from the chicken.
  • In the refrigerated prep table there was a large pan containing approximately 60 raw shell eggs that was overloaded. The ambient are temp where the eggs were stored was 64.8 degrees. The temperature of the top layer of eggs was 59 degrees. The person in charge stated the eggs had been there since 10 am this morning 5 hours earlier. COS The top layer of eggs were voluntary discarded.
  • In the reach-in cooler there was a pan of cooked beef that was not dated. The person in charge stated the beef had been prepared 4 days earlier. COS The beef was correctly dated. In the same cooler there was a pan of cooked chicken and vegetables that was not dated. The person in charge confirmed the chicken and vegetables were prepared 4 days prior. COD The item was dated correctly.
  • In the dry storage area roasted peppers were stored in direct contact with a cardboard box. Educated the staff food contact surfaces must be able to be cleaned and sanitized.
  • The only thermometer available in the facility was 32 degrees out of calibration. The thermometer measured 0 degrees in ice water. The thermometer could not be calibrated. Not COS
  • On the wall next to the line there was a commercial can opener that was heavily soiled with old food debris. The male cook confirmed the can opener had not been used and had not idea when it was last cleaned. COS The can opener was moved to the ware washing area for cleaning. There was a potato slicer mounted on the wall by the ware washing area that was soiled with food debris. A male employee confirmed the slicer had not been used today. COS The slicer was moved to the ware washing sink for cleaning and sanitizing.
  • In the back storage area on a shelf there was a spray bottle of clear liquid that was not labeled. The person in charge confirmed the liquid to be sanitizer. COS The bottle was labeled.
  • In the back storage area there was a box of soap and 2 containers of hand sanitizer stored on a wire shelf above drink boxes. COS The chemicals were moved to the chemical storage area.

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