Luzerne County restaurant inspections May 30-June 2: Dead mice under shelving leads to out of compliance

June 10th, 2017 8:22 am - updated: 8:24 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.

L&L Peanut Brittle Plus — MFF1, 32 Grove St., Trucksville, May 28. Opening inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility is offering for-sale foods prepared in an unapproved private home. Reviewed requirements for licensing a home kitchen. Pre-packaged peanut brittle is not labeled properly with an ingredients statement. Provided PDA handout on the labeling of foods at retail sale.

Rite Aid #1632, 20 S. River St., Plains Township, May 30. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed an accumulation of dust and debris under the racks in the storage area.

Valley Meat and Deli, 629 Main St., Avoca, May 30. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a heavy buildup of rust on the metal shelving in the walk-in cooler. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the reach in cooler in the sales area. Observed old food residue on knife handles.

Brenda Michael’s French Fried #2 – MFF3, 7 Krushka Rd., Schickshinny, May 30. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, 280 Mundy St., Ste. 1, Wilkes Barre, May 30. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of residue on the surface around the nozzles on the self-serve beverage machine. Observed a buildup of slimy residue on the dispensing handle and the back surface of the ice chute on the self-serve beverage machine. Observed clean food equipment on storage rack, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting). Observed the faucet in the men’s restroom to be loose and in need of repair. Person in charge stated that a repair order has been submitted.

Dupont Mini Mart #1, 279 Main St., Dupont, May 30. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Raw eggs were stored above 1/2 gallons of iced tea. Eggs were moved. Sales area of the food facility is dusty, and in need of cleaning.

New Great Wall II, 19 N River St., Plains Township, May 30. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violation: Interior lids of both chest freezers are cracked and repaired with duct tape.

Convenient Food mart #3022, 366 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, May 31. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Four half-gallons of fat-free milk offered for sale past expired sell-by date of 5/30/17. Expired milk was removed from sale. Pre-packaged hoagies purchased from another facility and offered for sale in the grab-and-go refrigeration unit are not labeled properly with a complete, ingredients statement to include sub-ingredients. Pre-packaged hoagies purchased from another facility and offered for sale in the grab-and-go refrigeration unit are not labeled to clearly indicate any “Big 8” allergen ingredients and/or the allergen warning statement. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. The sanitizing bay of the 3-bay sink is filled with bottles of cleaners etc. and 2 boxes of beer. These items were removed from the sink during this inspection. The wash compartment of the 3-bay manual ware-wash sink has a buildup of a brown/gray residue and in need of cleaning. The sink was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Harry’s On Carverton, 217 Carverton Rd., Trucksville, May 31. Opening inspection; in compliance. Violation: Women’s toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins.

Nick CFM, LLC, 366 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, May 31. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Twist & Shake, 1405 Rte. 29, Hunlock Creek, May 31. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Curry Donuts, 733 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, June 1. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Person in charge is not monitoring facility closely enough to meet food-code requirements. Food facility using rodent bait packets that are not covered and tamper resistant. The facility removed the bait packets during this inspection. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration Observed interior of 2 metal mixing bowls to be rusty and pitted and no longer easily cleanable. Observed a buildup of black mold-like grime in the corners of the 3-compartment sink. Sink not being maintained in a sanitary manner. Sink cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. 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 inspection. Observed a buildup of food residue along the back edges and in the corners of the bain marie. Person in charge cleaned areas. Observed a buildup of old food residue on surfaces around the nozzles on the juice and cappuccino machines. Observed a buildup of dried food residue/grease on non-food contact surfaces of the floor and the framing of the floor stand mixer under mixer head. There is a buildup of grime and dried ingredients on the outside surfaces of the bulk ingredient containers and are in need of cleaning. The ceiling seam in the mixing room, just inside the door, has hanging paper and paint and in need of repair. The left rear corner of the mixing room has a hole in the ceiling with hanging plaster, and paper and in need of repair. Food facility is not removing dead or trapped pests from control devices frequently, as evidenced by observed 3 old, decaying mice in pest control device under shelving in the mixing room. There were approximately 10 old dried rodent droppings under the shelving in the dry storage room. The glue board with decaying mice and rodent droppings were removed during this inspection.

Danko’s Restaurant, 827 South St., Freeland, June 1. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Bar sink has buildup of mineral deposits in basins.

Iron Skillet, 98 Grove St., Dupont, June 1. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed cracked shield on the meat tenderizer. Person in charge stated that replacement part will be ordered. No measuring device available to test and ensure that the temperature of the final sanitizing rinse in the mechanical dishwasher is reaching appropriate temperature. Observed a buildup of black residue on the surfaces around the nozzles on the beverage machine. Observed water pooling on the bottom of the bain marie in the prep area. Food employee observed storing clean food equipment while wet and not allowing time for draining and/or air-drying. Observed 10 small flies on equipment in the ware-wash area.

Little Caesars, 618 Blackman St., Ste. 2, Wilkes Barre, June 1. Opening inspection; in compliance.

Pantry Quik #21, 632 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, June 1. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Pittston Popcorn Co. – MFF3, 8 Cron St., Pittston, June 1. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Sazon Latino, 58 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, June 1. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible. Floor tile missing behind chest freezer in kitchen. Fan guards in walk-in cooler have buildup of static dust.

Choo Choo’s Ice Cream Inc., 434-436 Main St., Dupont, June 1. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Chrone’s Surf Club, 625 Ridge St., Freeland, June 1. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the food prep area.

Luna’s Pizza and Restaurant, 188 N. Main St., Pittston, June 2. Opening inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration Observed old food residue on the non-food contact surfaces of the meat slicer. Women’s toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Observed 3 large black ants on the floor in the kitchen area.

Modern Market, 1179 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, June 2. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guards in the reach in coolers in the sales area.

Price Chopper #222, 245 Wilkes-Barre Twp. Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, June 2. Complaint inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait placed in bait stations which are not covered and tamper resistant. Baits were discarded. Observed 2 dead mice on a glue trap under equipment in the sushi prep area of the facility. Facility is working with a pest control provider to trap and exclude pests. Observed approximately 250 rodent-like droppings along walls and under equipment in multiple areas of the facility.

Common Grounds Café LLC, 166 W Union Kingston, June 2. Opening inspection; in compliance. Violation: Women’s toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door.

Hungry Bear, RR 1, White Haven, June 2. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Laurel Drive-in Theatre, 1024 S Church St. Hazle Township, June 2. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the walk in cooler.

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