8 food establishments fail inspections; 5 pass follow-ups

2014-08-17T00:00:00Z 2014-08-19T09:33:19Z 8 food establishments fail inspections; 5 pass follow-upsBy Emily Bregel Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Eight food establishments failed health inspections in July, but five passed follow-up inspections. One failed its reinspection and two others haven’t yet had their follow-up checks by Pima County inspectors.

Here’s what you need to know:

El Dorado Restaurant

1949 S. Fourth Ave.

  • History: Passed most inspections since 2000, but also failed one in 2008 and one in 2012.
  • What the inspector saw: Seven critical violations on July 8, including potentially hazardous food stored at incorrect temperatures, uncovered employee beverages in the food prep area, expired food left in the walk-in cooler and a can of Raid improperly stored next to food.
  • Follow-up: Passed reinspection on July 22.
  • Response: All the problems have been fixed, says manager Edgar Gonzalez. The restaurant repaired a refrigerator to address inadequate temperatures and disposed of any food that was incorrectly stored.
La Parrilla Suiza

2720 N. Oracle Road

  • History: Passed all inspections since 2000, until failing a June 17 inspection and passing follow-up one day later.
  • What the inspector saw: Eight critical violations on July 21, including potentially hazardous foods stored at incorrect temperatures, the cook touched raw meat and didn’t remove his contaminated gloves before touching cooked food, employee failed to wash hands after touching dirty dishes and “clean” dishes were encrusted with food debris.
  • Follow-up: Failed follow-up Aug. 4 inspection.
  • Response: Management would not comment.
Mandarin Buffet

5005 S. Campbell Ave.

  • History: Good or excellent ratings since 2010.
  • What the inspector saw: Ten critical violations on July 30, including potentially hazardous foods stored at incorrect temperatures, person-in-charge did not demonstrate adequate food safety knowledge, some foods weren’t protected from cross-contamination with raw meat, and a sanitizer was stored in a soy sauce container and not labeled as a cleaning product.
  • Follow-up: No follow-up yet.
  • Response: Owner Mei Wu
  • said the restaurant is working to correct all violations. In one case, food was a higher temperature because it had been left out while the employee was talking to the inspector, she said.
Marisco’s Topetes

6110 N. April Drive

  • History: Failed two inspections in 2011, then no more inspections until the most recent provisional rating July 31.
  • What the inspector saw: Seven critical violations on July 31, including potentially hazardous foods stored at incorrect temperatures, an employee did not wash hands before putting on gloves, an employee used bare hands to shred cabbage, and another handled raw scallops before touching ready-to-eat, cooked shrimp.
  • Follow-up: Passed follow-up on Aug. 13.
  • Response: Management could not be reached for comment.
Mosaic Café Dos

7350 N. La Cholla Blvd.

  • History: Good or excellent inspection results since 2003.
  • What the inspector saw: Six critical violations identified on July 24, including potentially hazardous foods stored at incorrect temperatures, employee failing to wash hands after washing dishes, employees seen washing gloved hands instead of discarding gloves, and an employee eating a burrito at a food-prep table.
  • Follow-up: Passed follow-up on Aug. 4.
  • Response: Owner Sylvia Garcia says all violations have been corrected and that the missteps don’t reflect the restaurant’s normal practices. “We always have gloves on. Everybody gets so nervous when the inspector comes and then they mess up,” she said. “We feel very confident because our kitchen is so small, we make the food fresh every day.”
Quik Mart

2200 E. Broadway.

  • History: Good or excellent inspections since 2010.
  • What the inspector saw: Seven critical violations identified on July 30, including potentially hazardous food stored at incorrect temperatures, employee seen washing her hands for 10 seconds instead of the required 20 seconds, person in charge didn’t require employees to report illnesses that could be transmissible through food, and employee seen touching corn dogs while wearing potentially contaminated gloves.
  • Follow-up: No follow-up yet.
  • Response: Quik Mart staff all underwent training and cleaned up the store significantly, says manager Lupe Vega.
Vivace

6440 N. Campbell Ave.

  • History: All excellent or good ratings previously.
  • What the inspector saw: Eight critical violations identified on July 17, including potentially hazardous foods stored at incorrect temperatures, flies observed around food-prep area, cook observed using same tongs to touch raw salmon and ready-to-eat chicken, cook observed picking up dropped piece of eggplant from the floor with tongs, then using tongs for other food.
  • Follow-up: Passed follow-up inspection on July 23.
  • Response: Owner Daniel Scordato said this is the first negative rating for the restaurant in more than 21 years of operation, but he takes full responsibility for the violations. “The safe handling and preparation of food for our guests is Vivace’s top priority. … Our management and staff take full responsibility for the negative rating and have immediately taken steps to ameliorate the situation. We guarantee you that these violations will never occur again and that we will continue to strive for excellence in preparing and handling food to highest sanitary standards possible,” he said.
Circle K

3215 N. Swan Road

  • History: Excellent or good ratings since 2011.
  • What the inspector saw: Three critical violations on July 7, including potentially hazardous foods kept at incorrect temperatures and hot dogs defrosting in open air.
  • Follow-up: Failed July 9 reinspection, then passed July 10.
  • Response: Management did not respond to requests for comment.

Compiled by reporter Emily Bregel from Pima County Health Department records. Contact Bregel at ebregel@azstarnet.com or 807-7774. On Twitter @EmilyBregel

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