After receiving a nearly perfect score about a year ago, Sombreros Mexican Cantina in Atlanta was told to fine-tune its food safety practices because of a recent unsatisfactory score, according to a Jan. 3 inspection report. And it did.
It received a 99 (A) on a follow-up exam Wednesday — two weeks after it scored a 56 (U). Its grade last April was a 93(A).
Joanna Yim, manager of the restaurant at 411 North Central Ave., said preventative measures, such as retraining and posting of signs that remind workers of procedures, was implemented after an inspector noted the person in charge during the inspection lacked awareness in key areas regarding risk factors and proper retail practices.
“Person in charge, managers or CFSM [certified food safety manager] must be properly trained or retrained,” wrote the inspector.
The violations that Sombreros faced were related to temperature controls, date-marking and cleanliness, the report showed. More specifically, the inspector noted soil buildup inside an ice bin, slime/debris accumulation on a soda gun and holster, and no consistent date-marking procedure for food held more than 24 hours.
Other citations included improper strength for the sanitizing solution used for wiping cloths and “clean dishes stored on a dirty surface in the kitchen and at the bar,” the report showed.
To maintain high-level standards, Yim said the necessary employees were signed up for more food safety classes.
Here are other recent inspection scores from restaurants across the area.
— by Lisa Gibson for the Food & More blog
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