Luzerene County restaurant inspections: Aug 20. through Aug 26.

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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 areas listed on the state’s website, and may not correspond to the municipalities in which facilities are physically located.

Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza Unit 5, Pittston: Change of owner inspection, in compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have the correct sanitizer test strips to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the kitchen area. Papertowels were provided. Soap was not available at the handwash sink in the bar or kitchen area. Soap was provided.

Haystacks, 116 Wilkes-Barre Twp. Blvs., Wilkes-Barre: Follow-up inspection, in compliance.

Main Street Bakery, 45 N. Main St. Ashley: Regular inspection, in compliance.

D’Angelo’s Cafe, 781 N. Alter St., Hazleton: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Dollar General Store No. 6583, 220 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Utility mop sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap. Women’s toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Rear emergency door has an approximate 1” gap at base of the door, not rodent proof.

Groceries Plus, 1003 N. Vine St., Hazleton: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the restroom area. One empty plastic storage shelving unit in walk in cooler has a black mold-like build up. Backroom rear receiving door has an approximate 1” gap at base of door, not rodent proof. 1-1 gallon 2% milk observed on retail milk shelf with an expiration date of 8-10-18.

Kiaratoro Grocery, 137 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton: Regular inspection, out of compliance. Violations: Blocks of deli cheese and deli meat observed laying in water on deli case shelves. Hot food was held at 120 °F, in the hot hold unit rather than 135°F or above as required. Single use aluminum pans being re-used multiple times for food storage and/or preparation. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view. Soap was not available at the handwash sink in the deli area. The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Cheese cooler overloaded and observed with an ambient temperature of 55F. Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli case, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in refrigeration equipment. New food facility in operation more than 90 days and has not employed a certified food employee as required. Cheese was held at 56°F, in the cheese cooler rather than 41°F or below as required. Sausage, deli meat was held at 44 °F, in the deli case rather than 41°F or below as required. Warewash sink observed being used to store clean utensils and equipment following cleaning not allowing for a continuous use of the sink as necessary.

Papaya Queen Cafe, 143 W. Broad St., Hazleton: Regular inspection, out of compliance. Violations: Uncovered bowl of raw chicken observed sitting on tray with ready to eat cheese. Deli meat was held at 44°F and beef was 45F in the bain marie unit top section rather than 41°F or below as required. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in refrigeration equipment. Cutting boards on 2 prep units observed with old food residuals along rear edges of the cutting boards. Slicer observed with old food residual on slicer blade surface and framework. Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the food prep area. Ware wash sink drain line is leaking into a bucket under sink. Person in charge was not monitoring food facility risk factors closely enough.

Green Kitchen MFF3, 602 S, Main St., Pittston: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure not provided at mobile unit due to water pump.

Wilkes-Barre Golf Club, 1001 Fairway Dr., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. The food facility does not maintain Food Employee Certification records as required. Food facility is using an approved non-public water system, but does not have current laboratory testing results for water potability.

Brown’s Social Club, Inc., 1543 Dawson St., Avoca: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Back unused area of the facility has a build up of debris on the floor.

Kelly’s, 17 Slope St., Plains: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of dust on the fan guards in the walk in cooler and the beer cooler behind the bar.Observed a build up of dust and residue on the bottom of the shelves in the walk in cooler.

Kennedy Early Childhood Center, 513 Kosciuszko St., Nanticoke: Opening inspection, in compliance.

Stookey’s Bar B Cue, 122 E. Poplar St., West Nanticoke: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Food facility smoking and reduced oxygen packaging sausages without the required written procedures and HACCP plan. Facility directed to discontinue processes until HACCP plan is approved. Observed a build up of dust on the fan guards in 2 walk in refrigeration units. Frozen foods observed not maintained in a frozen state in the reach in freezer. Foods were moved to a fucntioning unit. Thawed foods were discarded. Observed a build up of rust on the shelves in the walk in freezer.

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