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 areas listed on the state’s website, and may not correspond to the municipalities in which facilities are physically located.
The Walking Taco TFS4 – Pittston Tomato Festival, Pittston: Opening inspection, in compliance. Violations: Par cooked Steak was held at 69 * F in an ice filled chest, rather than 41* F or below as required. The Person in Charge stated that the steak was removed from the walk-in freezer and placed on ice inside the cooler at 12:00 PM this day, for transport to the event. The steak was removed from the cooler, placed in smaller pans and put inside of the freezer for further cooling. The temperature of the steak was taken again at 4:15 pm while in the freezer. The temperature at that time was 50* F. The steak was voluntarily discarded and denatured on site. The Person in charge was educated on the proper methods of cooling foods prior to placing in units for cold holding. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible in refrigeration, freezer units. Metal stem thermometer for ensuring proper temperatures of food is not available or readily accessible. The refrigeration unit is not maintaining a temperature of 41*F or below as required. The facility agreed not to use the refrigerator to store temperature control for safety foods in the refrigerator until it is repaired or replaced and holding a temperature of 41*F or below. The ambient temperature inside of the refrigerator was 53* F. Repeat temperature approx. 1 hour later was 50 *F.
Andy Perugino’s Restaurant, 258 Charles St., Luzerne: Change of owner inspection, in compliance. Violations: The end caps are missing on several of the lights through out the kitchen. The cover on one of two round lights just inside of the kitchen is missing. Working containers in prep area, used for storing sanitizer taken from bulk supplies, was not marked with the common name of the chemical. The bottle was labeled during this inspection. All inside surfaces of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the walk-in cooler. The stated that he has addressed this and is waiting to hear from his repairman if he can still get the gasket for the unit.
Duryea VFW Post No. 1227, 492 Stephenson St., Duryea: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of soap residue in the three bay sink in the bar area. Observed a build up of dust on the fan guard in the keg cooler in the bar area. Observed pooling water and rust forming on the bottom surface of multiple refrigeration units. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Observed a build up of black mold like residue on the interior of the ice machine. Machine was emptied and will be cleaned prior to use.
Florio’s Pizza, 107 W. Carey St., Plains Twp.: Regular inspection, in 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 refrigerator, is not being date marked. Owner date marked on site for corrective action.
My Sisters Kitchen, 421 Main St., Duryea: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed old food residue on the deli slicer. Slicer was cleaned. Observed a build up of food residue around the hinges and along the back area on the Bain Marie. Observed rusting shelves in the refrigeration unit in the kitchen area. Observed the refrigeration unit in the kitchen with an ambient temperature of 49*F and not 41*F or less as required. Unit will be serviced prior to storage of TCS foods. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Multiple foods (soup, chicken, Beef, chicken, ham, sausages, sliced tomatoes, pasta) held between 45-50°F, in 2 refrigeration units, rather than 41°F or below as required. Foods were discarded.
Turkey Hill Minit Market No. 297, 70 Station Circle, Hazle Twp.: Regular inspection, in compliance.
Victoria’s Candies, 12 Gateway Shopping CTR, Kingston: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Some pre-packaged molded solid chocolates and the candies in the baskets that customers can package themselves are not labeled to clearly indicate any “Big 8” allergen ingredients and / or the allergen warning statement. There were no placards posted with the information either. Not all pre-packaged candies including molded solid chocolate candies, are labeled properly with the ingredient statement to include sub ingredients. There are hard candies etc. in baskets that customers can mix and bag themselves that are not labeled properly with and ingredient statement to include sub ingredients. There were no placards posted with the information either.
AD Bakery (Amberdonia Bakery), 26 E. Union St., Kingston: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: The 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 icing stored in an unlined Non Food Grade Container.
Capone’s Bar & Grill, 520 Main St., White Haven: Follow-up 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. Kitchen cookline floor area has old food spillage and grease build up. Old food splatter observed on the kitchen wall surfaces.
Cracker Barrel No. 512, 2320 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: -Observed hose used for filling kettles to be repaired with a material which is not easily cleanable. Replacement has been ordered. Mechanical warewashing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside. Observed a build up of food residues along the vents and back edge of multiple Bain Maries. Observed a build up of black residue on the surface around the nozzles on the soda machine. Observed a build up of food residue on a shelf and bottom area in one hot hold unit. Observed clean food equipment being stored wet creating an area of slimy build up along the edges of food pans. Observed a build up of old food residue on the interior of one microwave.
Dollar General No. 9544, 457 Main St., Pittston: Regular inspection, in compliance.
Holiday Inn Express, 255 SR 940, White Haven: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in refrigerators. Food employees observed in kitchen area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats.
Jireh’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, 416 Main St., White Haven: Follow-up inspection, in compliance. Violations: Door seal on the cook line cold hold unit is torn, loose and no longer easily cleanable.
Meal Prep Grind, 268 Main St., Duryea: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: 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. Observed coating peeling on the shelves in one 2 door refrigeration unit. Observed 25 rodent like droppings under shelving in a storage closet. Area was cleaned during inspection.
Mil & Jims Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in kitchen area, stored uncovered or not inverted. Pans were inverted. -Observed rust forming on shelves in one refrigertaion unit.
Miller’s Bar, 1240 Suscon Rd., Pittston: Regular inspection, in compliance.
Quinn’s Market, 401 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston: Regular inspection, out of compliance. Violations: A Food Employee Certification is displayed, but the individual is no longer employed by the retail food facility. The food facility does not maintain Food Employee Certification records as required. Warewash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap. Food facility is not removing dead insects from control devices frequently, as evidenced by observed old fly insect in pest control device in the back storage area. The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Non-food contact surfaces of fan guard in meat walk-in cooler not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and dust. Floor in the meat department is cracked / roughened and is not a smooth, easily cleanable surface. Light bulb not functioning in meat walk-in freezer area. Unclean toilet facilities for food employees. Exhaust hood has an accumulation of dust and grease. Observed a build up of pink slimy residue and debris on produce shelves in sales area. Shelves were cleaned. The handwash sink in the kitchen area was blocked by cans and not accessible at all times for employee use. Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the deli department. Floor under hot line equipment has a build up of grease and old food residue and in need of cleaning. Floor in dairy and meat walk-in cooler observed with pooling water and old food debris.
Corelife Eatery, 33 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Accumulation of black residue on the interior surfaces of the ice machine.
P Q Express, 16 N. Broad St., Hazleton: Regular inspection, in compliance.
The Beer Stop, 16 N. Broad St., Hazletn: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Floor area in front of ware wash area has grime build up. Dust build up forming on walk in cooler ceiling and refrigeration unit fan guards. Syrup build up observed on bags of straws, cup lids etc in bottom of cabinet under slushie machines.
Aldi No. 97, 481 Pierce St., Kingston: Food born investigation, in compliance.
Denny & Pearl’s Pizza, 69 Ridge Rd. Nescopeck: Regular inspection, in compliance.
Denny & Pearl’s Polocks, Third & Oak St., Nescopeck: Regular inspection, in compliance.
Goin Donuts, 908 Wyoming Ave. Unit E, Wyoming: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: All inside surfaces of the microwave oven with food residue and splatter, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.
Kingston Culinary Center – Metz Culinary, 918 W. Market St., Kingston: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration in the low temp dish machine.
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