Originally posted at 8:32 a.m. Oct. 3, 2013.
Rodent infestation shut down El Nopal Mercado in San Juan Capistrano last month.
Inspectors from OC Environmental Health visited El Nopal Sept. 4 and found numerous violations, the most serious of which were rodent infestation and adulterated or contaminated food.
Other, less serious violations included:
- Evidence of vermin activity/presence of animals/Insects
- Inoperable/lack of food thermometer
- Lack of/improper handwashing/handwashing supplies
- Unsanitary equipment/utensil/linen/plumbing
- Facility not fully enclosed/open door/air curtain
- Lack of unsanitary walls/floors/ceilings
- Signs/labels/menu board/trans-fat missing/incorrect/lack of food handler card
- Change room improper use/lack of
- Water temp (100F-119F)/wash temp <100F/cross contamination
- Restroom in disrepair/unclean/improperly used/supplied
- Improper holding temperatures
But the actual reason for shutdown was the rodent infestation, according to OC Environmental Health.
Inspectors have returned twice since then and have found minor violations, but nothing that would shut down the market again.
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