Failed health inspections include a Thai place and a tortilla factory

2013-08-18T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T10:30:23Z Failed health inspections include a Thai place and a tortilla factoryBy Becky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Eight Pima County eateries failed health inspections in July. Most passed follow-up inspections. Here’s what you need to know.

Ala Buzz Café

  • 12985 N. Oracle Road
  • History: Good inspection earlier this year.
  • What the inspector saw: Eight critical violations on July 31. The most serious were foods kept at the wrong temperatures, dirty pans and a cook not changing gloves between handling raw food and ready-to-eat food.
  • Follow-up: Passed Aug. 2.
  • Response: Head waitress Mary Oertel said an old refrigerator was replaced and the problems were solved.

Breakfast Club and Café

  • 1423 W. Miracle Mile
  • History: New restaurant. No previous records.
  • What the inspector saw: Seven critical violations on July 1. The most serious were foods kept at the wrong temperatures, the owner touched his foot with one hand while cooking with the other hand, and no bleach in the sanitizing sink.
  • Follow-up: Passed July 11.
  • Response: Owner Dan Eftimoff said the problems were corrected the same day and he hired a new manager. He said the problem with him touching his foot while cooking was a misunderstanding.

Karuna’s Thai Plate

  • 1917 E. Grant Road
  • History: Good ratings for six years.
  • What the inspector saw: The inspector gave a Needs Improvement rating on June 26. A detailed report was not available.
  • Follow-up: Failed follow-up inspection July 8 “due to the continued presence of rodent droppings and activity, and the kitchen still in need of more cleaning.” Passed July 18 after the inspector saw a clean kitchen, no rodent droppings and a contract with a pest-control company.
  • Response: An owner or manager could not be reached for comment.

Marcela’s Cafe & Bakery

  • 1117 W. Dorsey St. in Ajo
  • History: Received a Needs Improvement  rating in 2008 and in 2010. Failed four inspections in 2008. No workers have had food-safety training, according to an inspector’s report.
  • What the inspector saw: Eleven critical violations on June 3. The most serious were dozens of flies in the food-prep area and in containers of food, workers preparing food with bare hands and foods kept at the wrong temperatures.
  • Follow-up: Failed follow-up inspections June 13 and June 24. Passed July 8.
  • Response: An owner or manager could not be reached for comment.

El Potosino

  • 1400 W. Prince Road
  • History: Good ratings since 2004.
  • What the inspector saw: Seven critical violations on July 12. The most serious were foods kept at the wrong temperatures and no bleach in the sanitizing sink.
  • Follow-up: Passed July 18.
  • Response: An owner or manager could not be reached for comment.

Super Carniceria El Herradero

  • 5434 S. 12th Ave.
  • History: Previously failed inspections in 2009 and 2011.
  • What the inspector saw: Seven critical violations on July 17. The most serious were improper handwashing, dirty knives and chemicals stored above food.
  • Follow-up: Failed follow-up inspection on July 29.
  • Response: An owner or manager could not be reached for comment.

Tortillas Don Chava

  • 2013 S. Fourth Ave.
  • History: Good ratings since 2008.
  • What the inspector saw: Seven critical violations on July 15. The most serious were improper handwashing, staff washing their hands and dishes with laundry soap, and a high concentration of bleach in the sanitizing sink. The inspector also noticed  flies.
  • Follow-up: Failed reinspection July 30. An inspector noted improper dishwashing and a lot of flies. Passed Aug. 5. A screen door was installed to keep out flies.
  • Response: Manager Jesus Olguin said he was unaware of the problems and he is glad they were brought to his attention and he is on top of it now. The problems have been corrected, he said through a translator.

El Triunfo Bakery

  • 6348 S. Nogales Highway
  • History: Good or excellent ratings for the past six years.
  • What the inspector saw: Two critical violations on July 17. The most serious was condensation in the refrigerator that was leaking into a bowl of food.
  • Follow-up: Failed reinspection July 29 because sink repairs ordered by the health inspector had not been completed.
  • Response: Supervisor Fernando Mendez said the refrigerator and sink were fixed.

Compiled by reporter Becky Pallack from Pima County Health Department records. Contact Pallack at bpallack@azstarnet.com or 573-4251. On Twitter @BeckyPallack.

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