WASCO, Calif. — (UPDATE 11:22 a.m. June 13, 2019): According to Kern County Public Health the Domino's Pizza in Wasco has reopened after receiving a 84% (B) on yesterday's inspection.
The Kern Department of Public Health has closed a Domino's Pizza in Wasco due to unsafe food temperature conditions.
According to Public Health, the walk-in refrigerator at the Domino's Pizza, located at 842 7th Street in Wasco, did not meet the proper temperature for food. Public Health says staff reported that the walk-in refrigerator had not worked since Sunday, June 9, and food was still served to customers.
Public Health says the operator tried to use ice and dry-ice to keep foods below 41 degrees. According to Public Health, ice and dry-ice are "unapproved" methods to keep food cold.
According to Public Health, the dry-ice created a health and safety hazard by displacing the oxygen in the walk-in cooler. The Kern County Environmental Health Hazardous Materials Team was called to mitigate the hazard.
Public Health says the beverage cooler was used to hold "potentially hazardous" food items. According to Public Health, the cooler was approved for beverages only.
Public Health determined the operator "did not demonstrate decision-making skills by serving food to customers that was out of the safe temperature range for several hours." According to Public Health, "the appropriate decision would be to self-close the facility, destroy unsafe food items, repair walk-in refrigerator, allow the walk-in refrigerator to reach 41 degrees or below, and then restock refrigerator."
Public Health says all potentially hazardous food from the beverage cooler and walk0in cooler were "condemned and destroyed."