News 5 Investigates

Oct 16, 2013 11:05 PM by Eric Ross

News 5 Investigates: Pueblo restaurant corrects all critical violations

You may remember, inspectors found 8 critical violations at Alberto's Mexican Restaurant during a routine inspection during the first week of October. This week, our cameras were rolling during a follow-up inspection.

Rey Rodriguez, the manager of Alberto's agreed to talk with us after our original news story aired. He wants to assure the public that all corrections have been made and that his restaurant is safe.

The following violations were found during a routine inspection performed by Pueblo City-County health inspectors on Oct. 3:

*Food not protected from cross-contamination (corrected on-site Oct. 3)
*Employee observed not washing hands when required (corrected on-site Oct. 3)
*Employee handling ready-to-eat foods with bare hands (corrected on-site Oct. 3)
*Food held at improper temperatures (corrected on-site Oct. 3)
*Hand sink not equipped with paper towels (corrected on-site Oct. 3)
Manager claims paper towels were present and were above the sink instead of next to it.
*Pests: Inspector observed live spiders in the kitchen and bar area and one dead cockroach in the water heater room (corrected during follow-up inspection)
Manager says the roach was discovered in the water heater room next to the kitchen.
*Non-food contact surfaces in need of repair (corrected during follow-up inspection)
*Wiping cloth solution has insufficient sanitizer concentration (corrected on-site Oct. 3)
*Utensils do not have handles on them (non-critical violation awaiting correction)
*Plumbing issues with the sink drain in the kitchen (corrected during follow-up inspection)
*Outer openings not protected against pests (still awaiting weather stripping to correct this non-critical violation)

Rodriguez says the cook caught not washing his hands and handling ready-to-eat foods with bare hands has been trained on proper hygiene procedures.

No pests or rodent droppings were present and Rodriguez provided proof that a certified pest control expert had come out and sprayed the restaurant following the Oct. 3 inspection.

No further follow-up inspections are scheduled now that Alberto's corrected all critical violations. A routine inspection will likely occur 5-6 months from now unless a complaint is received by the health department.

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