Luzerne County restaurant inspections Nov. 1 to Nov. 3

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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.

Jon L. Stopay, 17 N. River St., Plains Twp., Nov. 1. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Leo E. Solomon Education Complex, 41 Abbott St., Plains Twp., Nov. 1. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Beverage container tops/lids submerged in ice in consumer self service display container. Beverages were adjusted.

R & S Convenience (US Gas), 400 Market St., Kingston, Nov. 1. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, (deli meats and cheeses) located in the deli case, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened/or 7-day discard date. The meats and cheeses were dated during inspection. A list of deli meats and cheeses listing the date they were opened and a discard date was posted on for employees to reference. Working spray bottle of water not labeled with contents located on a shelf with another bottle of clear liquid that was labeled as a sanitizer. Bottle was labeled during this inspection. Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid. The facility will register and pay for the course and email proof of registration and payment to this inspector, or fax/mail to the region 3 field office within 10 days (by 11/11/16). The facility has 90 days to have an employee obtain the certificate (by 2/1/17). Upon receipt of the certificate the facility will email a copy to this inspector or fax/mail a copy to the Region 3 field office. Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Pre-packaged breakfast sandwiches, pizza, and chicken and cheeses cutlet sandwiches food is not labeled to clearly indicate any “Big 8” allergen ingredients and/or the allergen warning statement. Pre-packaged breakfast sandwiches, pizza, and chicken and cheeses cutlet sandwiches located in a grab and go refrigeration or hot hold unit are not labeled properly with the name of product, ingredient statement, net weight, distributed by statement and/or nutritional facts.

Rio Charcoal Grill, 103 Casey Ave., Wilkes Barre Twp, Nov. 1. Opening inspection; in compliance.

Tarone’s Market, 813 N. Alter St., Hazleton, Nov. 1. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Re-packed/store made food items are not labeled for ingredients/allergens. Fan guards in dairy walk in cooler have buildup of mold.

Tommy’s Pizza Corner, 619 Market St., Kingston, Nov. 1. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a bag of flour stored directly on the floor in prep area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The bag of flour was elevated off of the floor during inspection. Observed a bag of potatoes stored directly on the floor in back storage area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The potatoes were elevated off of the floor. Observed containers of cheese stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler by the pizza making station, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The containers of cheeses were elevated. Observed a black mold-like residue on the deflector plate inside of the ice machine. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Bear Creek Community Charter School, 30 Charter School Way, Bear Creek Twp., Nov. 1. Regular inspection; in compliance.

BPOE Lodge No. 109, 39 Evans St., Pringle, Nov. 1. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Post can opener blade, a food contact surface, was observed to have dried food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The can opener was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed a buildup of grime on the fan guard inside the Aquarian Refrigeration unit located at the bar area. The fan guard was cleaned during this inspection.

Chick-Fil-A at Misericordia, 301 Lake St., Dallas, Nov. 1. Opening inspection; in compliance.

Crown Fried Chicken, 8 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Nov. 1. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Surface coating on wire shelving in 2-door cooler in rear kitchen is deteriorated/flaking off. Front door is open and unscreened.

Hildebrandt Learning Center, 1150 E. Mountain Dr. Wilkes-Barre, Nov. 1. Regular inspection; in compliance.

El Aguila, 80 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, Nov. 2. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Owner has failed to obtain food handler certification as required. Owner registered for class during inspection. Bulk food packages offered for retail sale do not have ingredients available at point of purchase. No thermometers visible in all in use refrigeration units. Florescent light tubes in produce case are not shielded.

Flaherty’s Eating and Drinking Establishment, 275 Zerby Ave., Kingston, Nov. 2. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Chicken stored in the freezer in the prep area is stored open with no covering. The food was covered during this inspection.

Kentucky Fried Chicken, 523 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, Nov. 2. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: The floor in the rear portion of the prep area is made of concrete like material. There are multiple areas of varying sizes from approximately 2 inches to 20 inches in diameter where the surface has flaked away. These areas of the floor are porous and approximately 1/4 inch deep and are no longer smooth and easily cleanable.

Kirtland, M. Smith Elementary School, 25 Robert St., Sheatown, Nov. 2. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Kettle spout, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. unit was cleaned and sanitized spout. Observed a buildup of mold on the wall in the walk-in cooler.

Mike’s Variety Store, 787 Main St., Edwardsville, Nov. 2. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Greater Nanticoke Area High School, 427 Kosciuszko St., Nanticoke, Nov. 2. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait which is not in a covered and tamper resistant container. Bait was discarded. Interior of kettle spout, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Person in charge cleaned spout during inspection.

Nanticoke Education Center, 600 E. Union St., Nanticoke, Nov. 2. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Kettle spout is not being disassembled for cleaning due to tight fit. Kettles were not in use at time of inspection. Maintenance will loosen spout to allow proper cleaning prior to next use. Observed a buildup of ice on the floor in the walk- in freezer.

Sabatini’s Pizza, 1925 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, Nov. 2. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Smoke Rings Cigar Bar, 1008 N. Vine St., Hazleton, Nov. 2. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Sirak’s Smokehouse – Retail Store, 3878 Main Rd., Hunlock Creek, Nov. 3. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Drinking water quality obtained from a non-public water system does not meet DEP water quality standards. The facility had taken water samples to Kirby Health Center on 11/1/16. The water tested positive for total coliform and negative for e-coli per telephone conversation with Kirby Health Center this a.m. Nitrat/Nitrite testing is not completed yet by Kirby Health Center. The owner was instructed that he needs to obtain 4 repeat water tests 15 Min apart from different locations if possible for total coliform within the next 24 hours. In any repeat samples come back positive he will need to take corrective measures. Owner to call this inspector once the repeat water test results are obtained.

Citgo, 2384 Memorial Hwy., Dallas, Nov. 4. Change of owner inspection; in compliance.

Dino’s Italian Bistro, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, Nov. 4. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violations: 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. Observed a buildup of grime on the shelves in the equipment storage area. Observed old food residue on shelves in walk in cooler. Door located in the back area of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Dragon City, 67 Country Club Shopping Center, Dallas, Nov. 4. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a tray of freshly prepared battered and fried chicken on an uncovered tray in front of the hand-wash sink increasing the risk for contamination while washing hands. The tray of chicken was moved to the cooler during this inspection. Two containers of pork and several containers of prepared vegetables stored in the walk-in cooler stored open with no covering. The containers were covered during this inspection. Observed a common cup being used to dispense bulk ingredients, the common cup was stored in the containers of bulk ingredient. The common cup was removed and replaced with a handled scoop. Scoop used for dispensing bulk ingredient was stored with the handle in direct contact with the bulk ingredient. Observed the housing (a non food contact surface) of the deli slicer equipment, in prep area, with an accumulation of dried food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces. Employee stated that the slicer was last used 2 days ago. The slicer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed a buildup of a white residue in the base of the hand-wash sink as well as a black residue around the drain seal. The sink was cleaned during this inspection. The hand-wash sink in the prep area was blocked by a tray of freshly prepared batter-coated and fried chicken and not accessible at all times for employee use . The tray of chicken was moved to the cooler during this inspection.

Januzzi’s Pizza, 69 Country Club Shopping Center, Dallas, Nov. 4. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Majestic Lunch, 20 S. Main St., Pittston, Nov. 4. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. Observed a buildup of black residue on the interior of the ice machine. ice machine cleaned during inspection. Observed a buildup of dust and grime on the fan guard in two refrigeration units.

Pearl at Mohegan Sun, 1280 Hwy., 315 Wilkes-Barre, Nov. 4. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as net or hats. Soda gun nozzle, a food contact surface, was observed to have old syrup residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Nozzle cleaned during inspection.

American Legion Post No. 967, Rte. 415 , Harveys Lake, Nov. 3. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing glass washer located at the bar was 10 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required. The partially used bottle of sanitizer with a new bottle. The residual sanitizer then tested at 50 ppm.

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