Downtown Needles, CA: More information regarding the closure, anonymously complaint, investigation, and inspections into Burger Hut.

Downtown Needles, CA- More information regarding the closure, anonymously complaint, investigation, and inspections into Burger Hut.- Pictures- Thursday, January 9th, 2014  

Downtown Needles, CA: More information regarding the closure, anonymously complaint, investigation, and inspections into Burger Hut.

 

 

ZachNews has received more information regarding the closure, anonymously complaint, investigation, and inspections into Burger Hut.

 

 

ZachNews has talked with both San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Services’ Veronica Vazquez and San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain regarding Burger Hut and the closing of Burger Hut, located at 701 West Broadway near D Street in Downtown Needles, California, which got shut down at around 12:00pm PT last Monday by City of Needles Code Enforcement.

 

 

At around 12:12pm PT on Wednesday, employees at Burger Hut welcomed both San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Services’ Veronica Vazquez and City of Needles Code Enforcement Officer Marvin Carterto Burger Hut to investigate an anonymously complaint of sewage contamination at the facility.

 

 

A new sign that was posted earlier that day saying, “Sewage Contamination” was posted by San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Services’ Veronica Vazquez next to the red color sign saying, “Danger; Do Not Enter, Unsafe To Occupy” stating “Section 115, Unsafe Structures and Equipment, of the International Building Code” that was posted last Monday by City of Needles Code Enforcement Officer Marvin Carter.

 

 

During theinvestigation, both San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Services’ Veronica Vazquez and City of Needles Code Enforcement Officer Marvin Carter were seen checking the area of where the reported problem was happening; pointing to an area where a drain is located in the ground just below the front “Pick Up Order” window of Burger and runs from the wall to where the main sewer line is on the street on West Broadway and somewhere a line the sewer line, the line is clogged and that was backing up the used water to flow over out of that opening.

 

Both San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Services’ Veronica Vazquez and City of Needles Code Enforcement Officer Marvin Carter then went inside the eatery to check inside the building.

 

 

**** You can watch the video of both San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Services’ Veronica Vazquez and City of Needles Code Enforcement Officer Marvin Carter investigate the Burger Hut at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address: ****

 

http://youtu.be/DRiQExP1GLI

 

 

After the investigation was finish, employees at Burger Hut were informed that they would need to fix the problem; what is clogging up the sewer line.

 

Burger Hut will have to remain close until the problem is fix or unclogged, checked by both San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Services and City of Needles Code Enforcement, and then if all is cleared and passes, the water can turned back on and the business can be reopen.

 

Employees at Burger Hut did not gave an approximate time or date to when the problem would be repair or fix, but they hope as soon as possible.

 

 

After the inspection, ZachNews again asked City of Needles Code Enforcement Officer Marvin Carter about the closure and the witness reports of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies being there to close the eatery, but again said, “No Comment.”

 

ZachNews continued askingthe question, but still getting the same response of, “No Comment” was given as he shut the door to the City of Needles Code Enforcement Officer truck and drove away.

 

 

Later that afternoon, ZachNews got to talk with San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain and provided ZachNews with information regarding what was going on and address some of our questions regarding inspections at the Burger Hut.

 

 

In regards to the investigation on Wednesday, San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain tells ZachNews thatSan Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Services’ Veronica Vazquez was there on a complaint investigation regarding the sewage and went out there to verify what was going on and to close them if needed, but this was not a score inspection.

 

 

ZachNews asked San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain about past Burger Hut inspections asking if there were any problems or concerns that came up during those pass inspections and if the issue with the sewer being clogged up was a problem before at Burger Hut?

 

There wasn’t anything noted in the previous inspection; regarding the plumbing, but plumbing can be intermittent,” said San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain.

 

 

ZachNews then asked San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain if there been any previous complaints regarding the plumbing, sewer or water, coming out of that same drainage hole?

 

No records of that indicating that,” said San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain.

 

 

ZachNews asked San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain about the structure outside of the Burger Hut and if there was any concerns regarding the structure being unsafe to occupy which some in the community worried about.

 

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain tells ZachNews that usually code enforcement or building and safety checks out the outside structure of the facility, but they do check the outside of facility looking at the trash enclosures area and look for any signs of threats or contamination.

 

 

According to information obtain from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services website, from Monday, June 5th, 2009 at 3:45pm PT to Burger Hut’s last inspection on Thursday, October 17th, 2013 at 1:35pm PT, the Burger Hut’s eatery has received more “A” grading and scores in the 90% and above area.Burger Hut did received on Thursday, November 24th, 2009 at 12:30pm PT a “B” grading and a score of 82%.

 

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Here are a few of the items in theBurger Hut’s last inspection which was done on Thursday, October 17th, 2013 at 1:35pm PT obtain from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services website:

 

** Regarding Demonstration of Knowledge; Food Safety Certification: **

 

– Inspector Comments:

 

Ensure to obtain valid manager’s certificate within 60 days maintain on site. Observed

none.

 

Ensure employees are aware of assigned duties. Observed employee not aware of cooking temperature for

chicken, ground beef, and hot/cold holding temperatures.

 

Left stickers with cooking and hot/cold holding temperatures.

 

 

– Violation Description:

 

All food employees shall have adequate knowledge of and be trained in food safety as it relates to their assigned duties. (113947)

Food facilities that prepare, handle or serve non-prepackaged potentially hazardous food, shall have an employee who has passed an approved food safety certification examination. (113947-113947.1)

 

** Regarding Proper Hot and Cold Holding Temperatures: **

 

– Inspector Comments:

 

Ensure potentially hazardous foods are at 41F or below or 135F or above.

Observed grated cheese to an internal temperature of 47F, tomato at 46F, and ranch at 49F in the prep fridge

by the hot steam table.

 

Operator moved ranch to the second prep fridge at 41F.

 

Operator attempted to adjust prep table temperature to hold 41F. Observed prep table thermometer at surface

temperature of 41F.

 

– Violation Description:

 

Potentially hazardous foods shall be held at or below 41F or at or above 135F. (113996, 113998, 114037, 114343(a))

 

 

** Regarding Warewashing Facilities: Installed, Maintained, Used; Test Strips: **

 

– Inspector Comments:

 

Ensure to obtain chlorine test strips to verify sanitizer solution is between 100-200 ppm.

 

Observed chlorine sanitizer solution above 200 ppm in cook line.

 

– Violation Description:

 

Food facilities that prepare food shall be equipped with warewashing facilities. Testing equipment and materials shall be provided to measure the applicable sanitization method. (114067(f,g), 114099, 114099.3, 114099.5, 114101(a), 114101.1, 114101.2, 114103, 114107, 114125) A thermometer must be readily available to monitor the temperature of the water at the warewashing sink. A warewashing sink used to wash wiping cloths, wash produce, or thaw food must be cleaned and sanitized before and after each use.

 

 

** Regarding Equipment/Utensils – Approved; Installed; Clean; Good Repair, Capacity: **

 

– Inspector Comments:

 

Ensure to clean slicer of dried food debris. Observed dry food debris on slicer.

 

– Violation Description:

 

All utensils and equipment shall be fully operative and in good repair. (114175). 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)

 

** Regarding Premises; Personal/Cleaning Items; Vermin-Proofing: **

 

– Inspector Comments:

 

Ensure to store shirts away from restroom sink. Observed shirt over hand sink in employee restroom. Ensure to remove fly swatter from premises. Observed fly swatter over prep table in back.

 

– Violation Description:

 

The premises of each food facility shall be kept clean and free of litter and rubbish; all clean and soiled linen shall be properly stored; non-food items shall be stored and displayed separate from food and food-contact surfaces; the facility shall be kept vermin proof. (114067 (j), 114123, 114143 (a) & (b), 114256, 114256.1, 114256.2, 114256.4, 114257, 114257.1, 114259, 114259.2, 114259.3, 114279, 114281, 114282) Food preparation sinks, handwashing sinks and warewashing equipment shall not be used for the cleaning of maintenance tools, the holding of maintenance materials, or the disposal of liquid wastes. (114123) Open-air barbecue and/or outdoor wood burning oven must operate on the same premises, in conjunction with a permanent food facility and not in an area that may pose as a fire hazard. (114143(a) (b)) Janitorial sink or approved curbed cleaning facility (exemption for restricted food service facilities Section 114279 (b)) shall be provided. (114279(a)) First aid supplies must have a legible manufacturer’s label and stored in a kit or container that is located to prevent contamination. (114256.4) Insect electrocution devices are not allowed in food or utensil handling areas. (114259.3)

 

 

Overall Inspection Comments:

 

Left “A” card.

 

Ensure new employees obtain food handler card within 14 days of hire.

 

Left food worker card program information.

 

The inspection was done by San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Services’ Veronica Vazquez.

 

 

**** You can read the full report at the following website address: ****

 

http://www.sbcounty.gov/dehs/reports/DA1165102.PDF

 

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Looking back at the last 2 inspections done on Burger Hut, including the inspection done on Thursday, October 17th, 2013, “There are some critical violations they were on the minor end. A critical violations can be anything that is observe and has potential to cause a foodborne illness; so an employee throughout the trash outside, dumps it into the dumpster, comes back, and start preparing food without washing his hands; his hands are contaminated. Now dose that mean someone is going to get sick, no but there is that potential. That is a critical violations,” said San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain.

 

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain tells ZachNews that the inspector then takes the time to educate the facility operator or the employee and get the strategies, the recommendations, or the procedures to mitigate those critical violations long term; such as having the proper temperature in storing food.

 

ZachNews asked San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain if there has been any concerns or complaints regarding handwashing or food temperatures in pass inspections at Burger Hut?

 

 

Looking back at theThursday, October 17th, 2013 Burger Hut inspection, “They had proper hot and cold holding temperature violations in the last inspection,” said San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain.

 

ZachNews then asked San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain what happens with a facility that has that kind of violation?

 

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain tells ZachNews that it depends on the food item; how long they have been out of temperature and may have to throw away the item or make them re-prepare the item.

 

 

Looking back at theThursday, October 17th, 2013 Burger Hut inspection, “There has also been demonstration of knowledge were the cooks weren’t aware of the internal cooking temperatures for chicken and ground beef, or holding temperatures,” said San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain.

 

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain tells ZachNews that all the employees of food establishments should be aware of the critical risk factors; internal cooking temperatures and holding temperatures which meant cold foods should be held cold and hot foods should be held hot and if a facility has a lot of items out of temperature, it would be a major violation.

 

 

Even with what has been noted or observed by the last inspector, “There were no major violations,” said San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain.

 

 

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain tells ZachNews that, “Nobody is prefect out there; everybody makes mistakes and part of our job is to partner with which restaurants to minimize these risk factors so that their product is safe for the public.”

 

 

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services Public Health Manager Ray Britain wants everybody in the community to know that all of the inspection reports are public record and the public can view their local restaurants as well as hotels in the Needles, California area by going onto the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services‘ website at:

 

http://www.sbcounty.gov/dph/dehs-restgrades/RatingsMap.aspx?c=t&searchterm=Needles#

 

 

In the last couple of months, employees and even volunteers have came to help Burger Hut stay in business, help keep the place clean, and do repairs to the Burger Hut property which includes painting the inside of the building, trimming the near by palm trees, and fixing up the restaurant.

 

Many of those who care a lot about this eatery know how much eatery has been doing and the news is sad as business has been slow and not that many people haven’t been stopping into Burger Hut in the winter time which the owner of Burger Hut was even thinking about close on the weekends, both Saturday and Sunday during the winter time, because it is so slow for them.

 

But Burger Hut has continued to bounce back and never stop rolling along the highway as those who love Burger Hut have shown their support and helped in putting together food specials that would bring people into the eatery which has worked well so far.

 

Burger Hut was about to start daily specials last Monday which would have included an Avocado Burger with cheese served with a side of beer batter onion rings and having Dollar Ground Beef Taco Mondays.

 

But now, will Burger Hut be able to start that engine back up again? Only time and those caring people with the spirit of help our local businesses, like this will known and popular eatery, will tell.

 

 

** More information about the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services is at the following San Bernardino County website address: **

 

http://www.sbcounty.gov/dph/dehs/

 

 

 

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