Luzerne County restaurant inspections: June 7 – June 15

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The following are recent Luzerne County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.According to 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.

Top Notch Pizza, 743 Main St., Sugar Notch: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Curry Donuts, West Side Mall, Edwardsville: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: A plastic measuring cup with the handle broken off was stored in a bulk ingredient container of powdered sugar. The broken measuring cup was removed and discarded during this inspection.

M Casa Restaurant and Bar, 217 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Multiple food ingredient storage containers were not labeled with the common name of the food. Containers were labeled. Observed a build up of ice on items in the freezer in the back area due to improperly closing of door. Observed a bag of onions stored directly on the floor in the back storage area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Onions were moved. Soap was not available at the handwash sink in the restrooms area. Soap was provided. Working containers in warewash area, used for storing cleaners taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical. Containers were labeled. Freezer in back area does not close properly and needs to be replaced or repaired. Observed a build up of food residue along the edges of the shelves in the walk in cooler. Observed water pooling on the bottom of the cooler in the bar area. Observed a build up of duct on the fan guard in the walk in cooler and the cooler in the bar area. Observed a build up of dust and debris on crates holding cases of beer in the basement area. Observed a build up of mold like substance on the exterior of liquor bottles in the cooler in the bar area. Observed a build up of grease on the ventilation hoods over the cooking area. Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid. PIC will take course and provide copy of certificate when received. Observed a bag of ice melt stored on a bin containing onions. Ice melt was moved. No sign or poster posted at the handwash sink in the restrooms to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were provided.

Allied Services, 150 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of residue in one drain by the kettles. Observed a build up of coffee residue around the nozzles on the cappuccino and coffee machines. Mechanical warewashing equipment had a buildup observed around the entry vent area. Observed a build up of food residue in the interior of the microwave. Microwave was cleaned.

China Three, 49 Broad St., Suite 1, Pittston: Regular inspections, in compliance.

Derff’s, 713 Main St., Sugar Notch: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Fire and Ice on Toby Creek, 111 S. Main St., Trucksville: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food Cheese), located in the reach in refrigeration unit, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Staff stated that the cheese was sliced on 6/10/18. The cheese was dated during this inspection. There is an accumulation of dust and debris on the exterior top surface of the mechanical dish machine. There is an accumulation of dust on the tubular florescent light located above the Bain Marie on the cook line. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in the walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Facility does not have available the correct sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine sanitizer concentration.The facility is using a Quat. sanitizer and has only chlorine test strips available. Peeling paint/drywall on ceiling in corner over the oven at end of 3 bay sink in kitchen. The staff member stated that they had painted it after the last inspection but it started to peel again recently. They are going to look into putting FRB or stainless on the ceiling in that area to correct. Marinara sauce was held at 118 °F, in the hot hod unit, rather than 135°F or above as required. it was determined that the Marinara sauce was placed into the unit approx 3 hours prior. The steam hot hold unit had no water in the base. Water was added, the sauce was heated to 180 * F and placed into the hot hold unit. the sauce was holding a temperature of 178 *F 1 hour later. the PIC agreed to take the temperature of the food items and document every two hours and if food is not being maintained at a temperature of 135* F or above they will take the unit out of service. The bottom of the walk-in freezer door is bent and not allowing the door to close properly, allowing ice to build up on the threshold and the lower perimeter of the door.

Gerrity’s Supermarket No. 492, 2020 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: One Ceiling tiles missing in the Bakery area, and needs to be replaced. the facility has ordered some ceiling tiles to replace this missing tile as well as some cracked tiles. The facility will install tile upon receipt of new tiles.

Harvest Buffet, 26 East End Center, Wilkes-Barre: Compliance inspection, in compliance. Violations: A food employee was observed slicing red onions – a ready to eat food – with bare hands. Onion were discarded. Sushi prep employee did not test and log pH as required. Rice was checked during inspection with inspectors calibrated meter, results within acceptable range. PIC directed to instruct sushi prep employee on proper procedure and requirement to test each batch.

Iron Skillet, 98 Grove St., Dupont: Type 2 follow-up inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed cracked deflector plate in one ice machine. Part has been ordered.

Serpico’s Pizza, 220 E. End Centre, Wilkes-Barre: Type 2 follow-up inspection, in compliance.

Thomas Family Market, 148 N. Memorial Hwy., Shavertown: Follow-up inspection, in compliance.

Fino’s Catering, Rear 65 East Liberty St., Hanover Twp.: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Francis Slocum Concessions, 567 Mt. Olivet Rd., Wyoming: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view. The serve safe certificate was posted during this inspection.

Turosky Chiropractic Clinic, 420 Main St., Edwardsville: Regular Inspection, in compliance.

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