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Facility Name:HOMETOWN BUFFET #807
Site Address:2670 EL CAMINO REAL, SANTA CLARA
Phone:(408)247-9001
Programs Description:HOMETOWN BUFFET #807
FOOD PREP / FOOD SVC OP 26+ EMPLOYEES RC 3
Inspections
Latest Inspections:
06/24/2015 - FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION
06/24/2015 - ENFORCEMENT ACTION - VOLUNTARY CONDEMNATION AND DESTRUCTION
06/24/2015 - ROUTINE INSPECTION-COMPLETED
Major Violation Cited - K07M - Improper hot and cold holding temperatures
Site Observation:
Steamed fish at buffet hot holding measured at 126F. [CA] Maintain PHF hot at 135F or above. [COS] Steamed fish discarded. [NOTE] All other PHFs at hot holding measured at 140-160F. Steamed fish is only food item out of hot holding temp.
Minor Violation Cited - K35 - Equipment, utensils - Unapproved, unclean, not in good repair, inadequate capacity
Site Observation:
- Underside of milk dispenser and surface behind soda dispenser ice chute are unclean with milk residues/splashes and mildew. [CA] Maintain equipment clean.
- Plastic protection film on new refrigerator and high temp dishwasher booster heater. [CA] Remove plastic film on equipment.
Minor Violation Cited - K45 - Inadequate floors, walls, ceilings: built, maintained, clean
Site Observation:
- Black mold like substances on wall behind dishwahser.
- T-bars on dishwashing room ceilings are rusted. Cookline ceiling tiles are stained. Some ceiling tiles are acoustic panel.
- Some cove base stainless panel outside walk-in coolers are deteriorated. [CA] Maintain walls, ceilings and floors clean and in good repair.

03/20/2015 - ENFORCEMENT ACTION - ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING
02/13/2015 - FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION
02/10/2015 - FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION
02/10/2015 - ENFORCEMENT ACTION - VOLUNTARY CONDEMNATION AND DESTRUCTION
02/10/2015 - ROUTINE INSPECTION-COMPLETED
Major Violation Cited - K07M - Improper hot and cold holding temperatures
Site Observation:
- At salad reach-in cooler, all food items (both PHFs and Non-PHFs) measured at 49-52F. Per Nancy, these are prepared yesterday. [CA] Maintain PHFs cold at 41F or below. [COS] Nancy discarded PHFs (i.e. salad w. mayo) into garbage. Non PHFs (i.e. cut cucumber, shredded carrots, etc.) are moved to working walk-in cooler. These desserts were put out to buffet area <2hrs.
- At buffet dessert display cooler, all desserts are measured at 59-60F. Ambient temperature measured at 60F. [CA] Maintain PHFs cold at 41F or below. [COS] Tray of ice provided under desserts.
Major Violation Cited - K14M - Food contact surfaces unclean and unsanitized
Site Observation:
Low temp dishwasher failed to provide 50ppm chlorine sanitizer. [Note] When inspector entered the warewashing room, dishwasher water was drained out and dishwasher was not running. Per Nancy, they empty out dishwasher, clean inside dishwasher (i.e. food particles), refill water and re-start dishwasher every 2-3 hours (per service provider's recommendation). Asked Nancy to fill water in dishwasher and re-start as they normally do. After dishwasher re-started and running, noted 10ppm chlorine -> 50ppm chlorine then consecutively 0ppm chlorine residual -> 50ppm ->0ppm. Test over 20 times. *** This is a repeated violation. And already notified GM and failure to comply may result in enforcement action and/or fines. [SA] 3 compartment sink set up with 200ppm QUAT. Nancy will call for service. Until fixed, use 3 compartment sink for sanitizing all utensils and equipment.
Minor Violation Cited - K35 - Equipment, utensils - Unapproved, unclean, not in good repair, inadequate capacity
Site Observation:
- EXCESSIVE water accumulation inside reach-in salad prep cooler. Ambient measured at 49F. Also, rubber gasket is coming off from door. In addition, dessert cooler at buffet area measured at 60F ambient temperature. [CA] Maintain refrigeration units in proper working condition. [Note] Nancy called for service.
- Blood is dripping from metro rack inside meat walk-in cooler. [CA] Maintain equipment in clean condition.
- #### 0ppm chlorine residual at low temp dishwasher. [CA] Maintain equipment in good repair. [Note] Both inspector and assistant manager, Nancy, tested over 10 times consecutively. Failed to obtain 50ppm chlorine residual.
Minor Violation Cited - K36 - Equipment, utensils, linens: Improper storage and use
Site Observation:
- Dirty knife stored in clean knife holder. In addition, knife is stored inside HOOD OVERHANG. (This is a major safety concern.) [CA] Store clean and sanitized knife and sanitary manner (i.e. wall mount magnetic knife holder).
Minor Violation Cited - K45 - Inadequate floors, walls, ceilings: built, maintained, clean
Site Observation:
- One ceiling panel above tea boiler is missing. Another ceiling panel is sagging. [CA] Maintain ceiling panels in good condition. Provide hard ceiling panels in kitchen.
- Yellow/brown discoloration on ceiling panels in deep frying area. [CA] Maintain ceiling panels clean.

12/12/2014 - FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION
10/28/2014 - ROUTINE INSPECTION-COMPLETED
Major Violation Cited - K14M - Food contact surfaces unclean and unsanitized
Site Observation:
Warewashing machine measured with chlorine sanitizer reading at 0 ppm.[CA] Warewashing machine shall have chlorine sanitizer measured at 50 ppm. [COS] General Manager detected air gap and after fixing air gap in hose, chlorine measured at 50ppm.
****** 0 ppm chlorine is a repeated issue at this facility and office hearing conducted to address this issue. However, during time of this inspection, dishwasher had 0ppm chlorine reading again. During office hearing, management agreed to provide daily chlorine reading log, however, dishwasher log not maintained. ALSO, manager has been using QUAT test strips (Hydrion QUAT CHEK yellow color strips) to measure Liquid Sodium Hypochlorite (chlorine).
****** Will consult supervisor to address this repeated major violation.
Minor Violation Cited - K30 - Food storage containers are not identified
Site Observation:
Open bag of chicken breading not stored in sealed container. [CA] Store open bulk foods in approved NSF containers with tight fitting lids.
Minor Violation Cited - K33 - Nonfood contact surfaces not clean
Site Observation:
- Underside of milk dispenser, hot cocoa dispenser and soda dispenser has black mold substances and excessive sticky residues. [CA] Maintain equipment in clean condition.
- Rack inside salad cooler reach-i cooler has mold like substances. Rack inside meat walk-in cooler has blood dripping from the rack. [CA] Maintain non-food contact surfaces clean.
Minor Violation Cited - K41 - Plumbing unapproved, not installed, not in good repair; improper backflow devices
Site Observation:
Water is leaking from kitchen handwashing sink P-trap. [CA] Fix the leaky plumbing fixture.
Minor Violation Cited - K45 - Inadequate floors, walls, ceilings: built, maintained, clean
Site Observation:
- Several ceiling panels in kitchen are perforated ceiling panels. [CA] Provide smooth and easily cleanable ceiling material (i.e. hard ceiling panels.)
- FRP panel on wall adjacent to dishwashing area is coming off and rotten wood wall is exposed. [CA] Maintain walls in good condition.

09/03/2014 - FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION
Major Violation Cited - K06M - Inadequate handwash facilities: supplied or accessible
Site Observation:
Lack of paper towel at kitchen handwashing sink. [CA] Provide soap and paper towel in wall mount dispenser at all times. [COS]

08/01/2014 - ENFORCEMENT ACTION - ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING
08/01/2014 - ENFORCEMENT ACTION - OFFICE CONFERENCE (INFORMAL)
06/30/2014 - ENFORCEMENT ACTION - EMBARGO/SEIZE/IMPOUND RELEASE
06/30/2014 - FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION
06/30/2014 - ENFORCEMENT ACTION - EMBARGO/SEIZE/IMPOUND
06/30/2014 - FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION
05/21/2014 - ROUTINE INSPECTION-COMPLETED
Minor Violation Cited - K07 - Improper hot and cold holding temperatures
Site Observation:
- All foods in meat walk-in measured at 45-46F. [CA] Keep PHFs cold at 41F or blew.
- All foods in 3 door reach-in at salad prep area measured at 45-46. [CA] Keep PHFs cold at 41F or below. [COS] All foods are moved to salad walk-in.
- Hard boiled eggs at buffet self-service measured at 47F. [CA] Keep PHFs cold at 45F or below at self service buffet area.
Major Violation Cited - K14M - Food contact surfaces unclean and unsanitized
Site Observation:
0 ppm Chlorine at low temp. dishwasher. # This is a repeated violation from past routine inspections.# Checked chlorine level with inspector's measuring tape and Ecolab's measuring tape.[Suitable Alternative] 1. Since 3 compartment warewashing sink is right next to dishwasher, all utensils MUST BE sanitized with 200ppm QUAT sanitizer after washed at dishwasher. 2. Submit Ecolab's service receipt to Bora Israni within 24 hours. 3. If this unit fails again on next routine inspection, unit will be impounded. [COS] PIC adjusted tubing and now chlorine measures at 50ppm.
Minor Violation Cited - K23 - Observed rodents, insects, birds, or animals
Site Observation:
Observed house flies and fruits flies in kitchen and buffet area. [CA] Eliminate flies from food facility.
Minor Violation Cited - K35 - Equipment, utensils - Unapproved, unclean, not in good repair, inadequate capacity
Site Observation:
- Meat walk-in ans 3 door salad cooler measured at 45F ambient temperature. [CA] Maintain equipment in good repair.
- Salad walk-in door gaskets are severely damaged. [CA] Replay broken gaskets.
- Low temp. dishwasher does not dispense chlorine while chlorine container is half full. [CA] Maintain equipment in good repair. ###This is a "repeated" violation from past routine inspections. If this unit fails to work on next routine inspection, unit will be impounded.### PIC called Ecolab for service.
Minor Violation Cited - K38 - Inadequate ventilation and lighting in designated area
Site Observation:
Excessive grime build up on hood filters. [CA] Maintain food filters in clean condition.
Minor Violation Cited - K39 - Thermometers missing or inaccurate
Site Observation:
Salad walk-in thermometer is broken. [CA] Provide working thermometer.
Minor Violation Cited - K41 - Plumbing unapproved, not installed, not in good repair; improper backflow devices
Site Observation:
- 2 compartment prep sink pipe is submerged in gray water in floor sink. [CA] Provide 1 inch air gap above rim of floor sink.
- Water drains very slowly at 2 compartment prep sink floor drain. [CA] Maintain plumbing fixture in good repair.
- Faucet at 1 compartment prep sink is very loosely attached and water is leaking. [CA] Fix the faucet.
Minor Violation Cited - K45 - Inadequate floors, walls, ceilings: built, maintained, clean
Site Observation:
-About 15 broken tiles under kettle area. - Cove base tile at warewashing area is missing and gray water stored at this area. - Stainless cove base for walk coolers are severely damaged. - Several missing floor drain covers on floor. [CA] Maintain floors in good condition.

02/06/2014 - FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION
02/03/2014 - FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION
Major Violation Cited - K14M - Food contact surfaces unclean and unsanitized
Site Observation:
CHLORINE AT LOW-TEMP DISHWASHER MEASURED AT 25PPM WITH ECOLAB TEST STRIPS GM SPOKE TO ECOLAB AND SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED TOMORROW.

01/10/2014 - ROUTINE INSPECTION-COMPLETED
Major Violation Cited - K07M - Improper hot and cold holding temperatures
Definition:
Potentially hazardous foods shall be held at or below 41/45°F or at or above 135°F. (113996, 113998, 114037, 114343(a))
Major Violation Cited - K14M - Food contact surfaces unclean and unsanitized
Definition:
All food contact surfaces of utensils and equipment shall be clean and sanitized. (113984(e), 114097, 114099.1, 114099.4, 114099.6, 114101 (b-d), 114105, 114109, 114111, 114113, 114115 (a, b, d), 114117, 114125(b), 114135, 114141)
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)
Minor Violation Cited - K35 - Equipment, utensils - Unapproved, unclean, not in good repair, inadequate capacity
Definition:
All utensils and equipment shall be fully operative and in good repair. (114175). All utensils and equipment shall be approved, installed properly, and meet applicable standards. (114130, 114130.1, 114130.2, 114130.3, 114130.4, 114130.5, 114132, 114133, 114137, 114139, 114153, 114155, 114163, 114165, 114167, 114169, 114177, 114180, 114182)
Minor Violation Cited - K45 - Inadequate floors, walls, ceilings: built, maintained, clean
Definition:
The walls / ceilings shall have durable, smooth, nonabsorbent, light-colored, and washable surfaces. All floor surfaces, other than the customer service areas, shall be approved, smooth, durable and made of nonabsorbent material that is easily cleanable. Approved base coving shall be provided in all areas, except customer service areas and where food is stored in original unopened containers. Food facilities shall be fully enclosed. All food facilities shall be kept clean and in good repair. (114143 (d), 114266, 114268, 114268.1, 114271, 114272)