Luzerne County restaurant inspections Aug. 27 through Sep. 2

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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.

Kiaratoro Grocery, 137 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton: Follow-up inspection, in compliance. Violations: New food facility in operation more than 90 days and has not employed a certified food employee as required.

Papaya Queen Cafe, 143 W. Broad St., Hazleton: Follow-up inspection, in compliance. Violations: Ware wash sink drain line is leaking into a can under the sink.

The Gyro King MFF4, 20 Stout St., Pittston: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Dave Norman Concessions MFF3, 585 E. Main St., Larksville: Follow-up inspection, in compliance.

Boyer’s Catering MFF4, 62 Shulde Ln., Wyoming: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Green Kitchen MFF3, 602 S. Main St., Pittstom: Follow-up inspection, in compliance.

La Isla Restaurant, 240 E. Broad St., West Hazleton: Regular inspection, out of compliance. Violations: The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Observed 20 small flies in and around a case of fresh plantain in the back area. Case of plantain was discarded. Multiple foods in the walk in freezer and the walk in cooler stored open with no covering. Foods were covered.Observed peeling and rusting shelves in the walk in cooler and in the back storage area.Observed a build up of old food residue on the shelves in the walk in cooler. Observed a build up of food residue on the interior of the microwave. Microwave was cleaned. Observed 50 small flies in the back produce storage area. The handwash sink in the back prep area was being repaired at time of inspection. Facility directed to use a bay of the 3. Rear screen door does not close tightly and does not protect against the entry of pests. Food utensils in service area observed stored in a container of water which is not maintained at 135°F. Utensil were removed from water. Observed cases of food stored directly on the floor in walk in cooler and freezer area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher was 0 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required. Sanitizer was replaced and appropriate sanitizer levels were detected.

Mi Patria, 27 E. Broad St., West Hazleton: Regular inspection, out of compliance. Violations: Pork was not cooled from 135°F to 70°F in 2 hours and/or from 135°F to 41°F within 6 hours, after preparation. Discussed proper cooling procedure, provided guidance documents. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Observed 50 small flies around and in bags on onions in the storage area. Observed gel insecticide spread across the surface above and behind the bulk onion and potato storage bins. Observed a spray bottle of wax and a box of fabric softener sheets stored in a bin with potatoes. Bottle and box were removed. Multiple foods in the walk in cooler held at 46-59 °F, rather than 41°F or below as required. Foods were discarded. Containers of cooked onions and peppers held at room temperature in the front counter area, rather than 41°F or below as required. Containers were discarded. 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 walk in cooler, is not being date marked. Discussed date marking and provided guidance documents. Loose/broken rubber door gaskets observed on the walk in cooling unit. Food facility does not employ a certified food employee as required. Soap was not available at the handwash sink in the front or prep area. Soap was provided. The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Observed water pooling and slimy residues on the bottom of the produce cooler. Cooler was cleaned. Observed a dead bird under a shelf in the storage area. Bird was discarded.

Shickshinny Beertown, Five Mountain Mall, US RT. 11, Shickshinny: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Booyah Burgers and Bites, 2834 Memorial Hwy., Dallas: Complaint inspection, in compliance. Violations: There are several ceiling tiles in the Ware wash area that have holes in them. There is a broken ceiling tile with a piece missing. There are also gaps around the hoses protruding from the ceiling tiles near the dish machine. All are exposing the area above the ceiling.

Dupont Volunteer House Co, 308 Main St., Dupont: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed 3 small insects in 1 bottle of liquor at the bar. Bottle was removed from use.

EZ Express Mart, 3251 State Hwy., 118, Dallas: Complaint inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed 3 small insects in 1 bottle of liquor at the bar. Bottle was removed from use. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. There are approximately, 13 ceiling tiles in the deli area and 9 ceiling tiles in the retail area, that are water stained. The facility did not have available any sanitizing solution for use in the 3 bay sink. The facility obtained Clorox for use to mix sanitizer solution in the 3 bay sink.

Fuel One, 601 Chruch St., White Haven: Follow-up inspection, in compliance.

Kates Place, 96 Third St., Wyoming: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Przybytek-Kundlias Home Association, 403 Main St., Dupont: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of rust on the ceiling in the ice machine. Observed a build up of syrup residue in 1 soda gun in the small bar area. Soda gun was cleaned. Observed a build up of dust on the fan guard in the walk in beer cooler.

The Cafe, 1120 Hwy. 315, Plains: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of rust on the shelves in the walk in and reach in coolers. Observed an build up of residue along the edge of the door in the dessert cooler. PIC cleaned area.Observed a build up of dust on the fan guards in multiple refrigeration units. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Foods are served raw or undercooked to the customer’s request; however, a written consumer advisory (on the menu, table tent, or placard) is not provided to the consumer. Placard was provided.

Town Tavern of Duryea, 815 Foote Ave., Duryea: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of syrup residue on the soda gun. Soda gun was cleaned during this inspection.Observed a build up of food residue on the interior of the microwave. PIC cleaned microwave during this inspection. Observed a build up of food residue around the hinges and back edge of the Bain Marie.Observed a build up of mold like residue on the bottom of the container holding onions in the walk in cooler.Observed a build up of residue on the gaskets and handle on the reach in freezer.Observed a build up of residue on the underside of the shelves in the walk in coolers. Observed rusting shelves in the walk in cooler.

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