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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:
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)

09/23/2013 - ROUTINE INSPECTION-COMPLETED
Major Violation Cited - K07M - Improper hot and cold holding temperatures
Site Observation:
POTATO SALAD, CUT MELON, PASTA SALAD AND DRESSING IN BUFFET SALAD BAR MEASURED AT 50-52F.
Major Violation Cited - K14M - Food contact surfaces unclean and unsanitized
Site Observation:
CHLORINE AT LOW TEMPERATURE DISH WASHING MEASURED 0PPM.
Minor Violation Cited - K23 - Observed rodents, insects, birds, or animals
Site Observation:
FOUND SEVERAL FRUIT FLIES IN KITCHEN AS WELL AS SALAD BAR.
Minor Violation Cited - K35 - Equipment, utensils - Unapproved, unclean, not in good repair, inadequate capacity
Site Observation:
2 OF 3 COMPARTMENTS OF SALAD BAR COOLER DO NOT APPEAR TO BE WORKING PROPERLY.
FOUND CRACKED GASKETS ON COOLER AND HOT BOX DOOR.
Minor Violation Cited - K45 - Inadequate floors, walls, ceilings: built, maintained, clean
Site Observation:
FOUND SEVERAL MISSING/ CRACKED TILES ON FLOOR.