Luzerne restaurant inspections April 24-26: pink mold, rusty shelves and buildup of old food

May 6th, 2017 11:24 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.

Sabatelle’s Market, 114 S. Main St., Pittston, April 24. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Pre-packaged buns not labeled properly with the ingredient statement. Items were labeled. Pre-packaged canned products and meats not labeled with keep refrigerated after opening statement. Observed a buildup of rust on shelves in the walk-in coolers. Observed a buildup of residues on the shelves in multiple refrigeration units. Person in charge cleaned shelves during inspection. Observed a buildup of webbing on storage shelves in the basement area. Restroom does not have a self-closing door.

The Farmer’s Inn, 1597 Hillside Rd., Shavertown, April 24. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Ben & George’s, 194 Oak St., Pittston, April 24. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation; Employee restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins.

Convenient Food Market, #3019, 305 N Main St., Pittston, April 24. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a bulk bag of sugar stored directly on the floor in self-serve area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Observed a buildup of black residue on the dispensing nozzle on the frozen drink machine. Person in charge cleaned nozzle at time of inspection. Observed a buildup of spillage/debris on the bottom of the chest cooler and on the plastic beverage shelves in the walk-in cooler. No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the counter area to remind food employees to wash their hands. Sign as posted. No soap available at the hand wash sink in the rest room.

III Guys Pizza, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas, April 24. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: The owner took the course in 2015 and had a certificate. The facility is remodeling the dining room and the certificate has been misplaced and unable to locate certificate. The owner called to get a replacement certificate during this inspection. Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing glass washer in bar was 10 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required. The container of sanitizer was change and the residual sanitizer was 100 ppm. The post can opener blade, a food contact surface, was observed to have dried food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The post can opener was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Women’s restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Peeling dry wall covering beam between pizza making room and kitchen. Scheduled for repair

Lehman Golf Club, 80 Golf Course Rd., Dallas, April 24. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: The inside surfaces of the microwave oven a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Women’s restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins.

Mirakuya Japanese Restaurant, 695 Kidder St., Wilkes-Barre, April 24. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed multiple working containers of soap taken from bulk supplies that were not labeled with the common name. Containers were labeled. Observed the coating peeling and a buildup of rust on the shelves in the Pepsi cooler. Observed a buildup of debris on the floor under the mechanical dishwasher. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the Pepsi cooler.

North Memorial Highway Retail Assoc./Valero, 155 N Memorial Hwy., Shavertown, April 24. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Empty containers and jugs observed in the hand-wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing.

Fat Mike’s Hot Diggity Dog #2, 1 A Oval Dr., Dallas, April 25. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Lispi’s Lounge, 587 Main St., Wilkes Barre, April 25. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of residue on soda gun nozzle. Person in charge cleaned soda gun nozzle.

Revello’s Old Forge Pizza, 165 W. Union St., Kingston, April 25. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed two stored rubber spatulas that were torn, pieces missing, and/or scored with pieces flaking off the surface and were no longer smooth and easily cleanable. The spatulas were discarded during this inspection. The ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have food a small amount of pink mold-like residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The side of the left inside surface of the ice machine had a area of tan mold-like residue and was not clean to site or touch. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. The post can opener blade, a food contact surface, was observed to have dried food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The post can opener blade was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. The top outside surface of the mechanical ware-wash machine at the area of the door opening had a buildup of dried food residue and in need of cleaning to prevent food residue from falling onto clean dishes. The dish machine was cleaned during this inspection.

Rite Aid #2568, 2810 Memorial Hwy., Shavertown, April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Sprinkles & Shakes Ice Cream, 1306 N. River Rd., Plains Twp., April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing. Restroom does not have a self-closing door.

Strike Three Lounge, 44 Coal Miners Drive, Drifton, April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Subway #23606, 396 Wilkes-barre twp., Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed plastic coating peeling on some shelves in the walk-in cooler. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available in two refrigeration units. Observed a buildup of residue on the surface above and behind dispensing nozzles on soda machine.

Tomato Bar, 7 Tomato Fest Dr., Pittston, April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait placed in bait stations which are not covered and tamper resistant. Baits were removed and discarded. Observed plastic coating peeling and a buildup of rust on shelves in refrigeration unit in the prep area Interior top surface of chest freezer is cracked and insulation is exposed. Observed a buildup of residue on the shelves in the walk-in cooler.Shelves were cleaned during inspection. Observed a buildup of food residue along the edges and in the corners of the bain maries. Observed sticker residue on the exterior of clean food pans. Observed single-service, single-use articles stored in basement area directly on the floor, and not 6 inches above the floor. Employee restroom in the basement does not have a self-closing door. Observed a buildup of black residue on the wall and floor behind mechanical dishwasher.

Villa Roma, 27 Hillside Ave., Harveys Lake, April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in two walk in freezers, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The deflector plate, a food contact surface, was observed to have a black mold-like residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Several ceiling tiles bowed and out of the tracking in the kitchen.

Beltway Diner, 250 S. Church St., Hazleton, April 26. Change of owner inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed wet wiping cloths in food prep area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Floors underneath and around equipment in food prep area have build up of traffic dirt/grime.

Cafe Europa, 65 Laurel Mall, Hazleton, April 26. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Cafe Italia, 1723 River Rd., Pittston, April 26. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Multiple foods (peppers, cheese, ham, beef, rice, breaded eggplant) held 45-47 degrees F, in the prep area, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. All foods were discarded. Observed multiple metal shelves (equipment storage and refrigeration) that are rusting and no longer easily cleanable. Observed refrigeration unit in the prep area at 49 degrees F and not 41 degrees F or less as required. Unit will be serviced prior to storage of TCS foods. Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a buildup observed inside. Observed a buildup of black residue on the deflector plate in the ice machine. Person in charge cleaned plate during inspection. Observed a buildup of food residue on the shelves in multiple refrigeration units. Observed a buildup of dust on multiple storage shelves. Observed a buildup of grease and dust on the window fan and on the hoods and pipes over the cooking area. Observed a buildup of old food residue along edges and in corners of the bain maries. Person in charge cleaned areas during inspection. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the prep and ware-wash areas.

Dollar General #9423, 1900 Memorial Hwy., Ste. 10, Shavertown, April 26. Complaint inspection; in compliance.

Drifton Assoc. Softball Complex, 44 Coal miners Dr., Drifton, April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Ranch Wagon, Pikes Creek Raceway Park Inc., 2542 Rte. 118, Hunlock Creek, April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Food facility is using an approved non-public water system, but does not have current laboratory testing results for water potability. Owner called for results for March 2017 as he did not have the report available in the facility. Kirby health had no record of testing for March 2017 being done. The owner took samples down for his April 2017 testing today as evidenced by the receipt from Kirby Health Center. Review of the January and February 2017 reports revealed that e-coli and Coliform were negative. The owner will email or text a copy of the April results to this inspector or fax/mail a copy to the Region 3 filed office upon receipt.

Ricketts Glen Hotel, 221 Rte. 118, Benton, April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Clean dish racks observed stored on the floor in ware-wash area.

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