Luzerne County restaurant inspections, April 18 to 25

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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.

Drifton Association Softball Complex, 44 Coalminers Dr., Drifton: regular inspection; in compliance.

RMG Little Time Amusements/Cotton Candy MFF3, 23 Molitorius Ln., Sugarloaf: regular inspection; in compliance.

RMG Wood PRDTS Concessions/Ice Cream, 23 Molitorius Ln., Sugarloaf: regular inspection; in compliance.

Strike Three Lounge, 44 Coal Miners Dr., Drifton: regular inspection; in compliance.

Turkey Hill Minit Market #179, 1 Brookhill Rd., Sugarloaf: change of owner inspection; in compliance.

Cooks Pharmacy and the Sandwich Shoppe at Cook’s, 1909 Memorial Highway, Shavertown: regular inspection, in compliance.

Curry Donuts, 216 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: type 2 follow-up; in compliance. Violations: The food facility does not maintain Food Employee Certification records as required. Observed 50 rodent-like droppings along the wall in the office area, 20 rodent-like droppings under shelf in kitchen area, 10 rodent-like droppings on the shelf in the front areas, 10 rodent-like droppings along the walls and corners in the restrooms. Some areas were cleaned during this inspection. Facility continues to set traps and bait to control the pest problem.

Haystacks, 116 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a hole in the wall in the waitstaff area. Observed too numerous to count rodent-like droppings along the walls in the waitstaff, kitchen, walk in cooler and storage areas of the facility. Observed rusting shelves in the door refrigeration unit in the kitchen. Observed a build up of residue on the surfaces around the nozzles on the milk and juice machines.

Mirakuya Japanese Restaurant, 695 Kidder St., Wilkes-Barre: regular inspection; in compliance. Observed scoops stored in bulk ingredients with the handle in contact with the contents. Observed a plastic container with no handle being used as a scoop and stored in bulk ingredients. Mechanical warewashing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside. Machine was cleaned during this inspection. An open employee’s beverage container was observed in prep area, a food preparation area. Observed deteriorating rubber door gaskets on multiple refrigeration units. Working containers in prep areas, used for storing soap taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical. Containers were labeled. Observed two wooden spoons that are chipped and deteriorating and in need of replacement.-Observed a build up of debris on shelves in the walk in cooler.

Pikes Creek Raceway Park Inc., 2542 State Route 118, Hunlock Creek: regular inspection; in compliance.

Swizzle Stick, 434 Main St., Edwardsville: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: The inside surface of the soda gun holster at the bar, a food contact surface, was observed to have a tan yeast-like residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The holster was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Turkey Hill Minit Market, 455 Main St., Kingston: change of owner inspection; in compliance. Violations: Women’s toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. The inside surfaces of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have dried food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. The trigger of the ice dispenser on the fountain soda machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a tan/black mold like residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The trigger was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.The certificate was posted in public view during this inspection.

CVS Pharmacy #1594, 16 Church St., Dallas: regular inspection; in compliance.

Domino’s Pizza, 2244 San Souci Park, Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Holiday Inn Express Drums, 1 Corporate Dr., Drums: change of owner inspection; in compliance.

McDonald’s 20556, 500 Union & Buckingham, Luzerne: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets and hats. Hair restraint, hat, was applied during this inspection.

The Farmer’s Inn, 1597 Hillside Rd., Shavertown: regular inspection; in compliance.

The Grille, 588 Union St., Luzerne: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: The food facility is reusing plastic containers intended to be a single-use article to hot hold food items. The deli slicer blade and guard and post can opener blade, food contact surfaces, was observed to have dried food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The deli slicer and can opener were cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. The edge of the ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a black, tan mold-like residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The deflector plate was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. A new food employee was observed plating lettuce, tomato slices and pickles, ready to eat foods, with bare hands. The food items were discarded and the employee washed hands and donned gloves.

B&S Distributor LLC, 80 Main St., Mocanaqua: regular inspection; in compliance.

CVS Pharmacy, 1 N. Main St., Shickshinny: regular inspection; in compliance.

Evergreem Raceway, 183 Mill Mountain Road, Drums: regular inspection; in compliance.

Morganz Pub & Eatery, 315 Greenridge St., Scranton: regular inspection; in compliance.

Rusty’s Place, 26 Sidney St., Swoyersville: regular inspection; in compliance.

Convenient Food Mart #3026, 610 Main St., Avoca: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a build-up of residue in the drop chutes on the cappuccino machine. Chutes were cleaned during inspection. Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the Bain Marie, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Discussed date marking and provided guidance documents. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats.

Dunkin Donuts, 158 S. River St., Kingston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food Employee observed eating food in the prep area. Interior of blender pitcher observed to be scored and no longer smooth and easily cleanable. Deteriorating rubber door gaskets observed on the drawer refrigeration unit and on the small under counter refrigeration unit in the front area.

Food Express Convenience, 804 E. Fifth St., Berwick: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Two pints of Nestle Strawberry low fat milk was offered for sale past the use by date of 04/02/18. The milk was pulled from the refrigeration unit during this inspection. Interior of blender pitcher observed to be scored and no longer smooth and easily cleanable. Deteriorating rubber door gaskets observed on the drawer refrigeration unit and on the small under-counter refrigeration unit in the front area.

Fresh N Quick, 406 3rd St., Nescopeck: follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Lehman Golf Club, 80 Golf Course Rd., Dallas: regular inspection; in compliance.

Sabatelles Market, 114 S. Main St., Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed cases of food stored directly on the floor in walk in freezer, rather than six inches off of the floor as required. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. A food employee was observed touching cheese — a ready to eat food — with bare hands. Cheese was discarded. Observed a build up of rust on storage shelves in the basement. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Observed a build up of old food residue around the hinges and gaskets on the Bain Maries. Person in charge cleaned areas during inspection. Observed a build up of food residue on the edges and underside of shelves in the walk in cooler. Observed webbing and dust under shelving the basement area.

The Pour House, 7 N. Main St., Ashley: regular inspection; in compliance.

Convenient Food Mkt #3019, 305 N. Main St., Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed chewed bags of powdered coffee flavoring, under the self serve coffee service area. Product was discarded. Observed a build up of dust and debris in the vent on the reach in cooler. Observed a build up of dust on the pipes behind the fan guard in the dairy walk in cooler. Observed a build up of dust on the fan guards and the surfaces around the fan guards in the beer walk in cooler. Observed a build up of old milk residue in the cracks behind the nozzles on the self serve milk dispenser. Observed a build up of dust and debris in boxes of packaged snacks in the sales area. Observed a build up of dust and residue on the plastic shelf dividers and liners. Observed 30 rodent-like droppings under the self serve coffee counter. Area was cleaned and sanitized. No tongs or utensil provided for self serve jerky products in the sales area.

Long John Silvers #31497, 40 S. Wyoming Ave., Rt. 11, Edwardsville: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Chicken and fish in the reach-in freezer area stored open with no covering. Lids were placed on containers during this inspection.

North Memorial Highway Retail Association/ Valero, 155 N. Memorial Highway, Shavertown: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Fan Guards in both the walk-in cooler and refrigeration units have an accumulation of static dust and in need of cleaning. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. The facility has no sanitizer available for use in the 3 compartment sink. The facility purchased and placed sanitizer for use in the 3 bay sink during this inspection. Paper towel dispenser is empty at the hand wash sink in the ware wash area. Paper towels were placed at the sink during this inspection. Soiled dishes and utensils observed in the hand wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing. The items were removed from the sink during this inspection.

Red Leaf Salad Company LLC, 413 Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre: Violations: Observed a build up of grease on the hood system above the cooking area. Observed a build up of food residue on the post can opener blade. Can opener was cleaned during inspection. Food dispensing utensil (scoops) observed stored in food with the handle in contact with food item. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such beard covers.

Revello’s Old Forge Pizza, 165 W. Union St., Kingston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Mops are not being hung to air dry. Observed a stored rubber spatula that was torn, pieces missing, and/ or scored with flaking. The surface is no longer smooth and easily cleanable. The spatula was discarded during this inspection. Food dispensing utensil (common cup with no handle) observed stored in bulk ingredients such as flour, sugar, and salt. The cups were removed and discarded during this inspection.

Ricketts Glen Hotel, 221 State Route 118, Benton: regular inspection; in compliance.

Rite Aid #2568, 2810 Memorial Highway, Shavertown: regular inspection; in compliance.

Sprinkles & Shakes Ice Cream, 1306 N. River Road, Plains: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Prepared pizza toppings in the refrigeration unit, were date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7 day use or sell by date and requires discarding. Foods were discarded. Provided guidance documents. Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door. Working containers in prep area, used for storing cleaners taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical. Containers were labeled.

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