Luzerne County restaurant inspections June 12-15: Gas-powered equipment stored in food storage shed

June 24th, 2017 10:44 am - updated: 10:48 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.

Mediterranean Grille, 204 Broad St., Pittston, June 12. Opening inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of rust on the shelves in the refrigeration unit in the kitchen. Observed a buildup of grease and dust on the window fan in the kitchen. Lights are not shielded or shatterproof over the prep area. Door located in the storage area of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals. Observed 10 rodent-like droppings under shelf in prep area. Area was cleaned.

Star Asia Buffet, 400 Rte. 315, Suite 220, Pittston, June 12. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed in-use cleaver stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable and sanitized. Observed plastic coating peeling on the shelves in the reach-in Pepsi cooler in the cooking area. Observed shelves in the walk-in coolers to be rusty and no longer easily cleanable. Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guards in the walk-in cooler.

Union Petroleum/Sunoco, Rte. 11 & Rte. 29, West Nanticoke, June 12. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Pre-packaged sandwiches not labeled properly with the full ingredient statement to include bread ingredients. No sanitizer available to sanitize equipment at time of inspection. Sanitizer was provided. Observed an accumulation of dust on the fan guard in the 2-door Pepsi cooler. Observed an accumulation of residue on shelves under the plastic liners on the small Pepsi cooler.

BBQ by Barry, 200 Wyoming Ave., Pittston, June 13. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed knives stored in wooden block. Block was discarded. Observed a buildup of rust on the shelves in the walk in cooler.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 48 Pennsylvania Rte. 93, Hazleton, June 14. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: No certificate for food handler certification is available. Manager will send copy of certificate on download from ServSafe server. Food employees observed in food prep/service areas, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Drive-thru pass-thru window does not close after service through window.

Fire and Ice on Toby Creek, 111 S. Main St., Trucksville, June 14. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Boxes elevated during this inspection. There is an accumulation of ice on the threshold of the walk-in freezer at hinge side of door and not allowing door to close tightly. There is dried crumbs/dust on the top exterior surface of the high temperature dish machine. There is a buildup of grease/dust on the hood filter above the grill on the cook line. Employee stated that they are scheduled to take them down and clean them. There is an accumulation of dust and webbing on the tube lights over the stainless prep table with the deli slicer in the prep area. Peeling paint/drywall on ceiling in corner over the oven at end of 3-bay sink in kitchen.

Fratelli’s Italian Pizza, 300 Main St., Conyngham, June 14. 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 refrigeration units, is not being date marked. Person(s) in charge are not monitoring establishment operation for compliance with food code requirements. Assorted gas powered lawn and garden equipment is stored in food storage shed. Can of spray deodorant is stored on shelf with food items in pantry. Food prep employee observed multitasking with no hand wash between tasks. Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Food prep employee observed handling ready-to-eat foods with bare hands. Food containers are stored on floor in walk-in cooler. No written procedures available for assorted baked pizzas held at room temperature. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible. No chemical test strips available to monitor sanitizer residual in final rinse cycle of low temperature dish machine. 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. Unit was primed. Only producing 10 ppm. All equipment and utensils to be hand washed/rinsed/sanitized until unit is repaired. Assorted knives stored in storage box have old dried food residuals on blades. Lower sections of bain maries have buildup of grime. Food prep hand-wash sink has buildup of grime in basin and around faucets. Front doors to establishment are propped open and are unscreened. Floor underneath equipment at cook line has buildup of spilled food residuals/grime. Wall-mounted exhaust fan above food prep hand-wash sink has buildup of grease/grime/static dust.

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, 1000 E. Mountain Dr., Wilkes-Barre, June 14. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of black residue on the interior of the ice machine. Ice machine was cleaned during this inspection. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guards in multiple refrigeration units. Observed a buildup of food residue around the hinges and edge of the bain marie in the grill area. Observed clean food equipment stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting). Vegetable prep sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap. Hose was cut during this inspection.

Huntington Mills Beer and Deli, 10 Waterton Rd., Shickshinny, June 14. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Huntington Mills Grocery, 10 Waterton Rd., Shickshinny, June 14. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: A food employee was observed washing their hands at the 2-bay sink rather than the designated hand-wash sink. Employee was instructed to wash hands in hand-wash sink only. Women’s toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins.

Mr. Frostcream Mff3, 727 N. Lincoln St., Hazleton, June 14. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Speed Mart – Citgo, 1091 Wilkes Barre Twp. Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, June 14. Opening inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of residues on the plastic shelves in the Snapple cooler and on the floor under the dairy items in the walk-in cooler.

Valenti’s, 1180 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, June 14. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed frozen vacuum-packed fish thawing in vacuum package not open or removed from package as directed by manufacturer. Food (pasta, cheese) was held at 45 degrees F, rather than 41degrees F or below as required. Foods were discarded. Interior of the microwave, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Microwave was cleaned. Observed a buildup of black mold-like residue on the deflector plate in the ice machine. Machine was shut down and will be cleaned prior to use. Observed a buildup of old food residue on the post can opener blade. Can opener was cleaned during inspection. Observed a buildup of old soda syrup in both soda guns at the bar. Soda guns were cleaned. Observed a buildup of slimy residue in both soda gun holsters at the bar. Holsters were cleaned.

Walmart #1623, 2150 Wilkes-Barre Twp. Marketplace, Wilkes-Barre, June 14. Complaint inspection; in compliance.

BC Wine Shoppe, 12 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes Barre, June 14. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Cony Val Civic Organization, 131 Main St., Conyngham, June 14. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Damon’s #200, 120 Rte. 93, Hazle Township, June 14. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Allied Services, 150 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre, June 15. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of food residue on the non-food contact surfaces of the mixer. Vegetable sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

Beaumont Inn, 4437 Rte. 309, Dallas, June 15. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed deeply scored cutting board in front of the steam table not resurfaced or discarded as required. The post can opener blade, a food contact surface, was observed to have dried black food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The can opener was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed an accumulation of grease and old food residue on the back edge of the cutting board, brackets and edge of steam table behind cutting board. These areas were cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Betty & Joe’s — The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at Mohegan Sun, 1280 Hwy. 315, Wilkes Barre, June 15. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the small refrigerator in the sales area

El Negron MFF4, 598 N. Grant St., Hazleton, June 15. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Wooden frame work under bain marie is made of unsealed wood. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the food prep area

Kingston Kosher, 17 Second Ave. Kingston, June 15. Opening inspection; in compliance.

Pizza Bella, 31 Lake St., Dallas, June 15. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: There is an accumulation of static dust on the fan guard of the pedestal fan in the basement prep area and is in need of cleaning.

Rustic Kitchen at Mohegan Sun, 1280 Rte. 315, Wilkes-Barre, June 15. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a residual buildup observed inside. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in multiple refrigeration units. Observed a buildup of food residue along the edge of the refrigerated drawers in the pizza prep area. Observed a buildup of old syrup residue on the surface around the nozzles on the soda machine. Observed date marking sticker residue and plastic wrap residue on the exterior of clean food pans. Observed clean food equipment stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting). Ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap. Hose was cut.

Station 33, 31 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton, June 15. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Person(s) in charge are not monitoring establishment operation for compliance with food code requirements. Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil in kitchen area. Floor areas in kitchen, especially underneath and behind equipment have buildup of grease/grime/spilled food residuals. Hole in basement wall in front of building. Bag of soiled linens is stored on floor in bar area. Non- essential items to be properly stored/disposed. Basement area is strewn with miscellaneous debris. Live adult and immature roaches too numerous to count are observed in bar area and in kitchen area.

The Garden Mediterranean Café, 540 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston, June 15. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food ingredient storage containers not labeled with the common name of the food. Containers were labeled. Observed a bag of onions stored directly on the floor in back area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Onions were moved off the ground during this inspection.

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