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Facility Name:MILPITAS BUFFET
Site Address:24 S ABBOTT AV, MILPITAS
Phone:(408)945-8888
Programs Description:MILPITAS BUFFET
FOOD PREP / FOOD SVC OP 6-25 EMPLOYEES RC 3
Inspections
Latest Inspections:
08/30/2017 - FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION
08/29/2017 - ROUTINE INSPECTION
Major Violation Cited - K07M - Improper hot and cold holding temperatures
Site Observation:
At the hot holding area by the grill, measured potstickers at 130F. At the hot holding buffet tables, measured chicken wings at 120F, green beans at 95F, clams at 120F, fish with cheese at 130F, and mussels at 128F. At the cold holding bar, measured chicken feet at 45F, and honeydew/cantaloupe at 46F. Per manager, food has been placed at buffet areas for less than 1 hour. [CA] Ensure potentially hazardous foods are held cold at or below 41F or held hot at or above 135F to prevent bacterial growth. [SA] Potentially hazardous foods held out of temperature are to be used within a total of 4 hours from when it was removed from temperature controls (after cooking, or removed from refrigeration) and then discarded. Foods at the buffet table that are unable to be held within temperature control shall be monitored using time as public health control (TPHC).
Major Violation Cited - K14M - Food contact surfaces unclean and unsanitized
Site Observation:
Lack of sanitizer measured at the warewash machine. [CA] Ensure sanitizer at the warewash machine measures at least 50 PPM to allow for proper cleaning and sanitizing. [COS] Operator contacted warewash machine company for service. Chlorine sanitizer measured at 50 PPM at warewash machine.
Minor Violation Cited - K44 - Premises not clean, not in good repair; No personal/chemical storage; inadequate vermin-proofing
Site Observation:
Observed accumulation of food debris and standing water under handwash sink in the employee service station. [CA] Ensure facility is kept clean and free of food debris/standing water to prevent harborage of vermin.
Minor Violation Cited - K45 - Inadequate floors, walls, ceilings: built, maintained, clean
Site Observation:
Observed broken/deteriorating wall under the 2 compartment sink in the food prep area, and protruding wall by the ice machine in the kitchen area. [CA] Ensure walls are durable, smooth, non-absorbent, and easily cleanable. Repair damaged walls to prevent harborage of vermin. Keep facility fully-enclosed.

07/07/2017 - ENFORCEMENT ACTION - VOLUNTARY CONDEMNATION AND DESTRUCTION
07/07/2017 - ROUTINE INSPECTION
Minor Violation Cited - K06 - Inadequate handwash facilities: supplied or accessible
Site Observation:
Lack of paper towels at handwash sink in the kitchen area. [CA] Ensure handwash sinks are stocked with hand soap and paper towels to allow for proper handwashing.
Minor Violation Cited - K06N - Adequate handwash facilities: supplied or accessible
Definition:
Handwashing soap and towels or drying device shall be provided in dispensers dispensers shall be maintained in good repair. (113953.2) Adequate facilities shall be provided for hand washing, food preparation and the washing of utensils and equipment. (113953, 113953.1, 114067(f))
Major Violation Cited - K07M - Improper hot and cold holding temperatures
Site Observation:
In the 3 door reach in refrigerator, measured potentially hazardous foods between 50F and 65F. Ambient air temperature of 3 door reach in refrigerator measured at 65F. [CA] Ensure potentially hazardous foods are held cold at or below 41F to prevent bacterial growth. [SA] All foods prepared and stored for less than 2 hours moved to walk-in refrigerator for proper cold holding. Walk-in refrigerator ambient air temperature measured between 41F and 42F(+/-2). All potentially hazardous foods prepared and stored for more than 2 hours to be used within 4 hours. Potentially hazardous foods held longer than 4 hours was VC&D. *See VC&D form.*

Measured shaomai (130F), cooked fish (115F), mussels (130F), cantaloupe (55F), watermelon (60F), and honeydew (55F) at buffet stations. Per operator, foods prepared half hour prior to temperature measurement. [CA] Ensure all potentially hazardous foods are held cold at or below 41F or held hot at or above 135F to prevent bacterial growth. [SA] All potentially hazardous foods at the buffet station to be served for a total of 4 hours and then discarded.
Minor Violation Cited - K09 - Improper cooling methods
Site Observation:
Observed corn on the cob cooling in the walk-in refrigerator at 75F and 2 door reach in refrigerator at 100F. [CA] Potentially hazardous foods shall be RAPIDLY cooled from 135F to 70F within 2 hours, and then from 70F to 41F within 4 hours. Cooling shall be facilitated by one or more of the following methods: in shallow containers; separating food into smaller portions; adding ice as an ingredient; using an ice bath, stirring frequently; using rapid cooling equipment; or, using containers that facilitate heat transfer.
Minor Violation Cited - K14 - Food contact surfaces unclean and unsanitized
Site Observation:
Measured chlorine sanitizer at the 3 compartment sink at <100 PPM. [CA] Ensure chlorine sanitizer at the 3 compartment sink measures at least 100 PPM to properly clean and sanitize utensils/equipment.
Minor Violation Cited - K16 - Not in compliance with shell stock tags, condition
Site Observation:
Observed missing shellstock tags for oysters removed from bags. [CA] Ensure shellstock tags are retained at the facility and kept in order for a minimum of 90 days.
Minor Violation Cited - K22 - Sewage and wastewater improperly disposed
Site Observation:
Observed standing water at drain by the 2 compartment sink in the prep area. [CA] Ensure drain is fully functioning and able to properly dispose of liquid waste/wastewater.
Minor Violation Cited - K23 - Observed rodents, insects, birds, or animals
Site Observation:
Observed cockroach droppings along pipes leading to ice machine by the walk-in refrigerator. [CA] Ensure areas with vermin activity/droppings are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized to prevent any form of cross contamination.

Observed several large flies in the kitchen area due to open doors. [CA] Ensure doors are kept closed to prevent an entrance for vermin. Facility shall be free of vermin to prevent any form of contamination.
Minor Violation Cited - K27 - Food not separated and unprotected
Site Observation:
Observed raw chicken stored above noodles in the small walk-in refrigerator, and chicken stored above shrimp in the large walk-in refrigerator. [CA] Ensure food is properly stored and protected from cross contamination. Store foods in the following order from the bottom: chicken, pork, eggs, beef, seafood, vegetables, ready-to-eat foods.
Minor Violation Cited - K35 - Equipment, utensils - Unapproved, unclean, not in good repair, inadequate capacity
Site Observation:
Measured ambient air temperature of 3 door reach in refrigerator at 65F. [CA] Ensure refrigeration units are fully functional and able to hold foods cold at or below 41F. Repair or replace refrigeration unit.
Minor Violation Cited - K44 - Premises not clean, not in good repair; No personal/chemical storage; inadequate vermin-proofing
Site Observation:
Observed accumulation of food debris and standing water throughout kitchen area. [CA] Ensure facility is kept clean and free of food debris and standing water to prevent harborage of vermin.
Minor Violation Cited - K45 - Inadequate floors, walls, ceilings: built, maintained, clean
Site Observation:
Observed broken and missing floor tiles in the kitchen area, and missing cove base tiles along sinks and walk-in refrigeration units. [CA] Ensure flooring is smooth, durable, non-absorbent, and easily cleanable to prevent harborage of vermin.

Observed protruding wall by the ice machine due to water damage. Observed broken/deteriorating walls under and behind 2 compartment sink in the prep area. [CA] Ensure walls are durable, smooth, non-absorbent and easily cleanable. Repair damaged walls to prevent harborage of vermin. Facility shall be fully enclosed.

11/03/2016 - FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION
Minor Violation Cited - K35 - Equipment, utensils - Unapproved, unclean, not in good repair, inadequate capacity
Site Observation:
Measured ambient temperature of 2-door "Traulsen" produce/ fruit refrigerator at 46F to 49F. [CA] Replace the malfunctioning 2-door "Traulsen" refrigerator. All refrigerators must be able to keep foods cold at or below 41F, at all times.

10/21/2016 - ROUTINE INSPECTION
Minor Violation Cited - K06 - Inadequate handwash facilities: supplied or accessible
Site Observation:
Soap dispenser detached from the wall next to chef's handwashing sink. [CA] Secure the wall-mounted soap dispenser. (COS)
Minor Violation Cited - K08 - Improperly using time as a public health control procedures & records
Site Observation:
Replace the missing TPHC color sticker identification chart at sushi bar. When time only, rather than time and temperature is used as a public health control, records and documentation must be maintained. All new sushi employees must be able to demonstrate the knowledge of using TPHC methods.
Minor Violation Cited - K14 - Food contact surfaces unclean and unsanitized
Site Observation:
At the dishwasher, measured concentration of Chlorine at 10 PPM. [CA] Must provide Chlorine concentration at required minimum 50 PPM. Manager contacted chemical company for immediate repair service and in the meantime, agreed to wash and rinse all multi-use eating utensils in the dishwasher and manually sanitize the utensils in the warewashing sink with bleach solution at minimum 100PPM, not to exceed 200PPM, contact time at minimum 30 seconds. (SA)

Observed dried food debris/ residue on blade of food slicer. Slicer is not currently in use. [CA] Clean and sanitize the food slicer after each use OR at least every 4 hours if the equipment is being used throughout the business day, to prevent potential cross contamination. Provide proper tools, including flash light and long handle brush, for employees to conduct proper cleaning of equipment.
Minor Violation Cited - K27 - Food not separated and unprotected
Site Observation:
In the walk-in-refrigerator, found raw chicken stored above vegetables. [CA] Store all raw meats/ seafoods below and away from produce and cooked/ ready-to-eat foods. to prevent potential overhead/ cross contamination. (COS)
Minor Violation Cited - K35 - Equipment, utensils - Unapproved, unclean, not in good repair, inadequate capacity
Site Observation:
Measured ambient temperature of 2-door produce/ fruit refrigerator 46F, cut water melon at 48F. [CA] Repair/ replace the unit. All refrigerators must be able to keep foods cold at or below 41F at all times. In the meantime, manager agreed not to have cut fruits stored in this unit.

05/27/2016 - FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION
Minor Violation Cited - K45 - Inadequate floors, walls, ceilings: built, maintained, clean
Site Observation:
Improper installation/ replacement of coved base tiles at dishwashing, cookline, and food prep/ storage. Coved base tiles were installed on top of existing floor tiles, forming a 90 degree angle juncture. [CA] Reinstall coved base tiles to meet CalCode requirement: Floor surfaces shall be coved at the juncture of the floor and wall with a 3/8 inch minimum radius coving and shall extend up the wall at least 4 inches. Also, replace all the missing grouting in between floor tiles and repair/ replace all the chipped/ cracked floor tiles. Use epoxy grouting materials.

** Noted several areas in the kitchen have existing coved base tiles installed on top of floor tiles. In event of future remodeling or replacement of the floor in this facility, all floor installation must meet current CalCode standards.

05/27/2016 - ENFORCEMENT ACTION - FACILITY RE-OPENED
Minor Violation Cited - K23 - Observed rodents, insects, birds, or animals
Definition:
Each food facility shall be kept free of vermin: rodents (rats, mice), cockroaches, flies.( 114259.1, 114259.4, 114259.5)

05/25/2016 - DOCUMENT REVIEW
No violations were cited at this event.

05/24/2016 - LIMITED INSPECTION
Major Violation Cited - K23M - Observed rodents, insects, birds, or animals
Site Observation:
Presence of cockroaches, mice, rats, flies and similar vermin that are disease carrying within the food facility as evidenced by actual live bodies, fresh droppings or vomitus, urine stains, or gnaw marks, that has resulted or would likely result in contamination to the food, equipment, packaging, or utensils.[CA]A food facility shall not operate when there is a vermin infestation that has resulted in the contamination of food contact surfaces, food packaging, utensils, food equipment, or adulteration of food(s). The food facility shall cease operation of the food facility immediately. The food facility shall remain closed until: there is no longer evidence of a vermin infestation; all contaminated surfaces have been cleaned and sanitized; and contributing factors such as cleaning, repairs, and the elimination of harborages have been resolved.

04/22/2016 - ROUTINE INSPECTION
Minor Violation Cited - K14 - Food contact surfaces unclean and unsanitized
Site Observation:
Found meat particles/ residue on blade and blade guard of food slicer. [CA] Clean and sanitize the food slicer after each use OR at least every 4 hours if slicer being used throughout the business day.
Minor Violation Cited - K27 - Food not separated and unprotected
Site Observation:
In the walk-in-refrigerator, found raw chicken stored above raw beef and oysters. [CA] Store raw meats/ seafood according to their required minimum cooking temperatures to prevent potential overhead/ cross contamination. Provided and discussed with manager Dean the handouts in English and Chinese, "Proper Refrigeration Storage" and " Minimum Cooking Temperatures".