SAINT ANTHONY – San Antonio Metropolitan Health District inspectors found problems with pests and employees not following basic health guidelines at two separate locations of a local seafood restaurant and bar.
La Perla Del Pacifico Sports Bar
La Perla Del Pacifico Sports Bar, located in the 2600 block of Northeast Loop 410, received a 76 in its most recent inspection.
The inspector noted “living pests” in the kitchen and washing area. Chefs were seen handling ready meals with their bare hands, while another chef was caught eating in the food preparation area.
There was no certified food handler on site, thawed shrimp in a hand wash sink near the cook line, and bottle caps and lime were being stored in the bar’s hand wash sink.
Metro Health ordered a re-inspection.
La Perla Del Pacifico Seafood and Grill
Inspectors found better conditions at La Perla Del Pacifico Seafood and Grill in the 7900 block of Culebra Street. This location received a score of 83.
The inspector found at least 10 expired food handler’s certificates when he visited last month.
Potentially hazardous foods, including raw shrimp, diced produce and other raw fish, were not being properly cooled. The coolers where they were being stored were too warm, so workers set up ice baths to keep the food cold.
The inspector found a bottle of bleach near the lids and “to-go” bags, and unapproved pesticides were also found inside the facility.
Stop 410 Corner
Finally, the 410 Corner Stop, located in the 2300 block of Loop 410, earned an 80.
The Metro Health inspector observed “dead and live pests” in a refrigerator that held cooked food. More evidence of pest activity was found in an area near the kitchen.
The cooks were not wearing the required hair nets and another cook was seen touching ready meals with bare hands.
The inspector found eggs stored at room temperature instead of the required 45 degrees or below.
The interior of the ice machine was dirty and there was a buildup of dust and dirt in the vents in the food preparation area.
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