Luzerne County restaurant inspections May 24-26: mislabeled allergens, black and pink “mold-like” substances

June 3rd, 2017 12:11 pm

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.

Dollar Tree #06722, 50 Village Shopping Center, Duryea, May 23. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed spillage on the bottom of the reach-in cooler.

Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun, 1280 Rte. 315, Wilkes-Barre, May 23. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a greasy buildup observed inside. Observed a buildup of food residue on metal shelves in multiple refrigeration units. Shelves were cleaned at time of inspection. Observed a buildup of pink residue on the upper drop area of the ice machine. Machine was emptied at time of inspection and will be cleaned and sanitized prior to use. Observed food residue on utensils stored as clean. Utensil were rewashed and sanitized. Observed a buildup of brown residue in the three-bay sink in the prep area. Observed a buildup of food residue on the exterior of multiple bulk ingredient storage bins. Observed a buildup of food residue on the handle on the freezer in the cooking area. Observed a buildup of old food residue on the post can opener table holder. Observed a buildup of residues on multiple metal storage shelves. Observed date marking sticker residue on clean food pans. Hand- wash sink in the kitchen area is detaching from the wall and is in need of repair. Observed a buildup of dirty water/debris along the walls in areas of the kitchen. Observed a buildup of food debris and residue in multiple floor drains.

Ben & Jerry’s at Mohegan Sun, 1280 Rte. 315, Ste. 1237, Wilkes-Barre, May 23. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed rusting metal carts and pitting metal shelves in the back area. Observed a buildup of black residue on the deflector plate in the ice machine. Person in charge cleaned plate at time of inspection. Observed a buildup of residue on the plastic shelf dividers and the bottom surface in the Pepsi cooler. Observed 5 small flies on the wall around the sinks in the sales area. Facility is working with their pest control provider to control the issue.

China King, 2800 N. Memorial Hwy. Dallas, May 23. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a bucket of soy sauce stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The bucket was elevated during this inspection. Facility is reusing soy sauce buckets intended for single use to store other food items such as chicken broth. Observed a buildup of grease on the hood filters above the cook line. There is not tracking for the ceiling tiles in the furnace room. Ceiling tiles are sagging and not fitted tightly allowing open area to the area above. Two air return grills have a buildup of dust and dirt and are in need of cleaning.

CK’s Summer Treats Ice Cream & More, 63 Gerald Ave., Dallas, May 23. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Daddow-Isaacs Post 672, 2974 Memorial Hwy., Dallas, May 24, Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed ice used as a coolant in the long bar end ice/beverage dispenser, being used as food. Observed buildup of old residue inside 2 Pepsi nozzles of soda guns in bar area. Nozzles were cleaned and sanitized at the time of this inspection. Observed black and pink mold-like substance on cuber head and interior sides of ice machine. Ice was disposed of and machine cleaned and sanitized at the time of this inspection.

EZ Express Mart, 3251 Rte. 118, Dallas, May 24. Follow-up inspection ; in compliance.

Food Mart, 581 Market St., Kingston, May 24, Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Thermometers (built in digital) for ensuring proper food temperatures are not calibrated and/or functioning properly at the reach in grab-and-go refrigeration unit where sandwiches/hoagies are kept. A thermometer was placed inside of refrigeration unit. No sign or poster posted at the hand -wash sink in the ware- wash area to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was posted during this inspection. There are no paper towels at the hand wash sink in the ware-wash area. Paper towels were placed at sink during this inspection. Several ceiling tiles in the ware wash area are sagging and out of the tracking, exposing the area above, and in need of repair.

Hops and Barleys, 131 Main St., Luzerne, May 24, Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed two in-use knives stored between the end of the bain marie, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. The knives were removed, cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in both the walk-in cooler and the walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the door of the walk-in freezer. There is frozen condensate on the ceiling, as well as ice buildup on sealed/boxed foods in the walk-in freezer. 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. Observed a buildup static dust on the fan guards of the 3- door TRUE reach-in beer cooler in the bar area. The fan guards were cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. There is a buildup of grease on the hood vent over the cook line, and in need of cleaning. No sign or poster posted at the hand- wash sink in the men’s restroom located near the bar to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was posted during this inspection. There is dried food splatter on the wall behind the fryer and is in need of cleaning.

McDonald’s #03016, 80 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville, May 24. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Mickey’s London Broil MFF3, 7 Kruchka Rd., Shickshinny, May 24. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was posted during this inspection.

Pies n’ Cakes/Soft Pretzels-MFF3, 1048 Lakeland Dr., Scott Township, May 24, Regular inspection; in compliance.

Thomas Family Market, 148 N. Memorial Hwy., Shavertown, May 24. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Deli meats, cheese and prepared chicken were held at a temperature range between 44 and 56 degrees F, in the self-serve reach-in refrigerated floor case between produce and deli sections of the facility, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. Foods were voluntarily discarded at the time of this inspection. Food labeling placards observed in the deli case do not accurately identify the Land-O-Lakes American cheese product. Pre-packaged seafood salad is not labeled properly with the distributed by statement or clearly indicating any of the “Big 8” Allergen ingredients. Refrigerated reach-in self-serve floor refrigerated units not maintaining time temperature control for safety foods below 41 degrees F as required. Observed buildup of static dust in exhaust fan and hood above rotisserie oven in bakery prep area. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the Deli cold hold unit and several display cases throughout the store.

Turkey Hill Minit Market #154, 776 Rutter Ave., Kingston, May 24. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view. The certificate was posted in public view during this inspection. Ceiling surface inside of the walk-in cooler with areas of a tan yeast-like residue and black mold-like residue.

Yogi’s Concessions-MFF3, 55 S. Walnut St., Wilkes Barre, May 24. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Torony’s Giant Hot Dogs, 1325 N. River St., Wilkes Barre, May 25. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed coating peeling and shelves rusting in one refrigeration unit. Interior of microwave, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Person in charge cleaned microwave at time of this inspection.

Cosenza’s Pizza, 8001 Bear Creek Blvd., Bear Creek Township, May 25. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of mold on a bottle of liquor in the cooler in the bar area. Scoop being stored in the bulk ingredient containers with the handle in contact with the contents. Observed a buildup of rust in one sink in the bar area. Observed a buildup of mold-like residue on the interior of the ice machine. Machine was drained and will be cleaned and sanitized before use. Observed a buildup of syrup residue on the nozzles on the self-serve beverage machine. Person in charge cleaned and sanitized nozzles. Observed a buildup of dust on the storage shelves in the kitchen area. Observed a buildup of mold-like residue on the interior sides and bottom of the pizza prep bain marie and the shelf in the cooler in the bar area. Observed a buildup of residue on the edges of the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Observed a buildup of webbing in the corner alongside bain marie.

Dominic’s of New York #054, 501 Arena Plaza Wilkes-Barre, May 25. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed the handles on 2 knives to be deteriorating and in need of replacement. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration

Experience Fitness, 190 River St., Wilkes Barre, May 25. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Facility does not have sanitizer available to sanitize equipment properly. Facility will discontinue food service until sanitizer is available

Lake Jean Concessions, 695 Route 487 Benton, May 25, Change of owner inspection; in compliance.

Peking Chef Express, United Penn Plaza, 160 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, May 25, Change of owner inspection; in compliance.

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill #7566, 265 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre, May 26, Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed cardboard containers being used as scoops and stored in bulk ingredients. Containers were removed. Raw pork, beef and salmon held at 47 – 48 degrees F, in the refrigerated drawers in cooking area, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. Foods were discarded. Observed the handle on one knife to be cracked and deteriorating. Date sticker material and adhesive residuals observed on exterior surfaces of food pans. Observed a buildup of food residue on the bottom of the refrigeration unit by the cooking area. Observed a buildup of old syrup residue on the surface above and behind the nozzles on the beverage machine. Food employee observed storing clean food equipment while wet, and not allowing time for draining and/or air-drying. Old food residue observed in the hand-wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing. Observed a buildup of residues on the floor under equipment in areas of the facility.

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