Luzerne restaurant inspections April 18-21: ‘small winged insects’ and pink, mold-like substances

April 29th, 2017 11:30 am - updated: 11:30 am.

The following are recent Luzerne County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. According the agency: “any inspection is a ‘snapshot’ of the day and time of the inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment. Also, at the time of the inspection violations are recorded but are often corrected on site prior to the inspector leaving the establishment.” The information is taken from the inspection database at www.eatsafepa.com. Postal addresses used here are as listed on the state’s website, and may not correspond to the municipalities in which facilities are physically located.

Abraham’s Creek Ice Cream, 835 Shoemaker Ave., West Wyoming, April 18. Change of owner, in compliance.

BJ’s Pub and Eatery, 620 Hillside Dr., Harleigh, April 18. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Refrigerated ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 24 hours, located in the walk-in cooler, is not being date marked. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Cutting boards have buildup of dark residual grime on food contact surfaces. Floors in bar and food prep areas have buildup of traffic dirt/grime. Small winged insects observed in pantry and bar area.

Longhorn Steakhouse #5436, Bear Creek Blvd. & Mundy St., Wilkes Barre, April 18. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed multiple containers not labeled with the common name of the contents. Observed the plastic coating peeling on the metal shelves in multiple refrigeration units. Observed loose caulking in the corners of the mechanical dishwasher. Observed the deteriorating rubber door gasket on the dessert refrigeration unit. Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a residual buildup observed inside. Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher was 0 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required. Observed a buildup of pink residue on the interior of the ice machine. Machine was cleaned at time of inspection. Observed old food residue on the vegetable slicer. Slicer was placed at ware-wash to be cleaned. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the small refrigeration unit in the wait staff area. Observed a buildup of debris and grime in multiple floor drains. Observed water pooling on the floor in the corner under the soda boxes.

Marianacci’s Restaurant, 252 W. Eighth St., West Wyoming, April 18. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: The temperature gauge for wash cycle the High temp dish machine is not functioning properly. The water temperature was 165 degrees F the gauge registered the water temperature at 110 degrees F. The owner called the repairman to make repairs.

Peking Chef, Memorial Highway, Dallas, April 18. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Plastic bowls without handles (being used to dispense bulk ingredients) was stored in bulk ingredients. The bowls were removed during this inspection. Observed boxed celery and cabbage in walk-in cooler and containerized chicken in the walk-in freezer stored directly on the floor, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The boxes and containers were elevated during this inspection The post can opener blade, a food contact surface, was observed to have a black food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The post can opener was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Pittston Convenience, 325 Laurel St., Pittston, April 18. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed hand wash sink blocked by construction materials at time of inspection. Materials were removed.

Red Leaf Salad Co., 31 Tunkhannock Hwy., Dallas, April 18. Complaint inspection; in compliance.

Silver Skillet Family Restaurant, 699 Seybert St., Hazleton,April 18. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violation: Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the 3-basin sink area.

Rite Aid #11075, 120 Laurel Plaza, Pittston, April 19. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: -2 pints of milk in the sales area observed to be past the expiration date. Items were removed from sale. Observed a buildup of ice on a shelf in the reach-in freezer. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in multiple refrigeration units. Observed spillage and a buildup of residue on the surfaces in the reach-in coolers. Lack of a back flow prevention device on the water line at the utility sink.

Andy Perugino’s Restaurant, 258 Charles St., Luzerne, April 19. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed an employee working in the food prep area not wearing proper hair restraints, such as a net or hat or beard guard. Employee put hat on during this inspection. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration

Aldi #74, 5000 N. Township Blvd., Rte 11, Pittston, April 20. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed 5 severely dented canned items intended for sale in the facility. Items were removed from sales. Observed a buildup of liquid on the bottom of the meat case. Area was cleaned a time of inspection. Observed a buildup of residue on the honeycomb above refrigeration cases. Observed flour spillage on shelf and floor in the sales area. Spillage was cleaned at time of inspection.

Domino’s Pizza, 685 Kidder St., Wilkes Barre, April 20. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view. Observed scoop stored in bulk ingredients with the handle in contact with the product. Ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

Joely’s Hamburgers MFF4, 1010 Winters Ave., Hazleton, April 20. Change of owner inspection; in compliance.

Martin’s Candy & Cake Supply, R 198, Simpson St., Swoyersville, April 20. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Polish Falcons Nest 128, 631 Main St., Duryea, April 20. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Price Chopper #173, 1026 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, April 20. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Loose rubber door gasket observed on the walk-in freezer used by the meat and dairy departments. Ice forming on the door frame. Manager called during this inspection to have repaired. Common cup with out a handle (being used to dispense bulk ingredients) was stored in the cornmeal bin in the bakery area. The cup was replaced with a handled scoop. The inside surface of the ice chute on the fountain soda machine had a pink and tan mold-like residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The ice chute was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. The post can opener blade in the deli area, a food contact surface, was observed to have dried black residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The post can opener was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. The receiving door located in the rear of the food facility has a gap at the floor door junction with visible light and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents and other animals. The store manager identified this and submitted a work order on 4/13/17 for repair. A half of a ceiling tile is missing in the deli area above the dish machine, and needs replaced.

Roma Beneficenza Club, 137 Old Boston Rd., Pittston, April 20. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Rusty’s Place, 26 Sidney St., Swoyersville, April 20. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Subway #29412, 560 Airport Rd., Hazle Twp., April 20. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

The Pour House, 7 N. Main St., Ashley, April 20. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Countryside Quik Mart Inc., and Ta-Da Ice Cream Parlor, 48 Harveysville Rd., Hunlock Creek, April 21. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Dominick’s Cafe, 20 School St., Hudson, April 21. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violations; Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside. Observed a buildup of dust on the hoods in the kitchen. Hoods are scheduled to be cleaned.

Getaway Lounge, 1477 W. Main St., Plymouth, April 21. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a valid Food Handler certificate instead of the Food Manager certificate. The facility will text/email to this inspector or mail/ fax to the Region 3 Field office a copy of the Food Managers Certificate once obtained. Facility has 90 days to obtain a valid Food Manager’s Certificate. The ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

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