Health Dept. Roundup: Mobile Eateries

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We're on the run this week at Health Department Roundup, sprinting after some of the city's mobile eateries.

In a routine inspection Tuesday, Taqueria Taconmadre - 7 Mundos (7501 Brownwood) notched 12 violations and was closed temporarily. The truck was not conforming to Article II, did not have proper permitting, was not protecting itself against the entry of insects and had no proper ventilation system (the ventilation system it did have was also cited for spewing a hazardous or unlawful substance). The cart also was cited for providing a dining area for customers (scandalous!), for not keeping food colder than 41 degrees or hotter than 135 degrees while it was served or transported, and for removing food from its original containers and storing it uncovered. The truck also failed to provide enough potable water for its needs and was slapped for storing items under the unit.

Verde Antequera-Palacios (6247 Griggs) also was closed temporarily after inspectors visited on Tuesday and found that the truck was not conforming to Article II, did not have proof that it had been serviced daily at an approved commissary, and was keeping raw eggs at a temperature warmer than 45 degrees.

Inspectors visited Taqueria Bethel- Mi Jalisco (2109 Tidwell) on Tuesday and found the unit not conforming to Article II. Also, the truck's plumbing was not sized, installed or maintained properly, and insufficient ventilation was provided to keep the room free of heat, odors, steam, smoke, condensation, fumes or vapors.

Finally, inspectors visited Taqueria Cristal - South West (6353 South Loop East) for a Sunday inspection and temporarily closed the truck after finding more Article II violations, among other citations. Among these citations: multiuse equipment was not constructed or repaired with safe materials, food was not protected from contamination and equipment surfaces were not washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use. Also, openings to the outside were not protected against the entry of insects and foods were found not to be safe for human consumption, not free from spoilage or not labeled properly. Employees were found washing their hands at the food prep sink, and the truck did not provide enough potable water for its needs. The truck also was being operated without a food service manager's permit and without two years of service records on hand. Lastly, the truck owner resumed operations before correcting the citations responsible for closing his truck down.

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