Popular 'Fast, Fresh, Healthy' Pasadena Restaurant Runs Into Trouble with Health Department

Published : Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 5:31 AM

Pasadena Health Department inspectors gave a popular Pasadena restaurant a Conditional Pass rating after they found a number of violations during a routine inspection on April 28.

Teri and Yaki, located at 229 N. Lake Avenue in Pasadena, was given a low score of 80 during the inspection, lower than the minimum score of 85 required by the Pasadena Health Department. The restaurant is one of two Teri and Yaki locations in Pasadena.

In their report, the inspectors said they observed employees “cooling foods by means of using ambient temperature” and advised them to discontinue the practice.

“Ensure that potentially hazardous food is cooled rapidly from 135 degrees F to 70 degrees F within two hours, and then cooled rapidly from 70 degrees to 41 or below within four hours, a total of six hours,” the inspectors wrote.

The inspectors also noted some cold-holding as well as hot-holding violations, and said they observed stir-fried noodles being held at 59 degrees F and garlic noodles at 54. Food in cold-holding should be maintained at 41 degrees F or below, the inspectors said.

Shredded chicken being held at 89 degrees, the inspectors said, when food should be maintained in hot-holding at 135 degrees or above.

A Conditional Pass rating means the restaurant could still operate but should be able to correct improper practices within a certain number of days.

Food service facilities are typically given five days to correct violations although the number of days may vary based on the type of violation.

A follow-up inspection may be conducted at any time within those five days to ensure corrections have been made and before a Pass rating is given.

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