Lackawanna County restaurant inspections July 3-11: No certified food handler, non-compliance


The following are recent Lackawanna 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 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.

Burger King #1359, Rte. 6 Scranton/Carbondale Hwy., Eynon, July 3. Complain inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed approximately 15 plus old rodent pellets under table and ketchup dispenser cabinet in dining areas. The person in charge cleaned old rodent pallets on site for corrective action.

Panchero’s Mexican Grill 3801, 2011 Shoppes, Blvd., Moosic. July 3. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

New Century Chinese Restaurant, 1000 S. State St., Clarks Summit, July 5. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid. Owner stated that he is signed up to take a class within the next two months. A food employee was observed washing their hands at the ware-wash sink rather than the designated hand-wash sink. Instructed owner to use hand-wash sink for hand washing. Wire shelving in the refrigerator units and above the ware-wash sink is rusting. Thermometer in Pepsi refrigerator is broken and needs to be replaced. One of three chest freezer lids in the rear storeroom is being held together with an unapproved material-duct tape. Lid is not fitting tightly on freezer. All foods were observed to be frozen at the time of this inspection. Facility is re-using paper shopping bags and cardboard boxes for food storage. Ice buildup observed in the upright freezer units in the dry storage area of food facility. Floor underneath fryers has an accumulation of grease. There are several broken and missing floor tiles throughout the food prep area not providing for smooth easily cleanable surfaces. Floor was observed to be clean and free of debris and water. Approximately 20 old rodent droppings were observed in the bottom of the cold holding cabinet in the dining room. Webbing observed in the bottoms of the two hot holding units in the dining room.

Michael Steiner Post, 508 Church St., Jessup, July 6. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration Mechanical ware-washing equipment observed with buildup of filth and not cleaned before use, and frequently throughout the day. Non-food contact surfaces of ice machine not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil.

Moe’s Southwest Grill, 929 S. State St., Clarks Summit, July 6. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed clean food equipment (plastic food storage containers) in the clean storage area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting). Reviewed proper procedures with employees during this inspection.

Salerno’s Café, Inc., 139 Moosic Rd., Old Forge, July 6. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

McDonald’s, 1127 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, July 7. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

G&G Express Beer and Deli, 819 Springbrook Ave., Moosic, July 10. Change of owner inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Observed three-compartment sink set up in improper order.

G&G Express Marts, 4704 Birney Ave., Moosic, July 10. Change of owner inspection; in compliance

Lake Hide Away, 701 McAndrews Rd., Moscow, July 10. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: A spray bottle of clear liquid, in the sink cabinet, is not labeled. The owner emptied the container. There is no certified food handler employed in the facility. Bathing suits stored on top of packages of cups and bread on the kitchen counter. The bathing suits were removed from the kitchen. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available in the freezers. Food thermometers stored in a plastic cup, in the sink cabinet, in a cup of stagnant liquid. The owner placed the thermometers at the sink for cleaning and discarded the cup. A combination detergent/sanitizer, for use in a 2-bay sink, is not available. The owner stated that she will have the sanitizer available tomorrow. No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the restrooms to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were provided for posting.

Walmart #1884, 900 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City. July 10. Complaint inspection; in compliance.

Miller’s Orchards Farm Market, Inc., 1421 Fairview Rd., Scott Township, July 11. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.