Luzerne County restaurant inspections: July 23 through July 29


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 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 Amish Pantry, 467 Berwick Hazleton Hwy., Nescopeck: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee that has taken food safety training program (Tap Series); however, the certificate posted is a Certificate of Achievement and not a Food Managers Certificate. The facility was issued a Warning Letter in 2015 and 2017 with no response.Food facility is using an approved non-public water system, but does not have current laboratory testing results for water potability. The facility does not have available current water test results for Nitrate/ Nitrites. The owner will send a copy of the results via email to this inspector or Mail to the Region 3 office and include the name of the facility to the attention of this inspector.

Keystone Job Corps Dining Hall, 235 Foothills Dr., Drums: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Black residual build up on the post can opener blade. Flour and sugar food ingredient storage containers, in the kitchen area, is not labeled with the common name of the food.

Vine Farmers Market, 930 Vine St., Hazleton: Regular inspection, out of compliance. Violations: Deli meats was held at 57-58 °F, in the retail deli meat case, rather than 41°F or below as required. Picture attached. All meats were disposed.Observed in-use knives and /or cleavers stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Heavy ice build up on cases of frozen food in walk in freezer from malfunctioning freezer unit.Approximately 25 rodent pellets observed on pallets in storeroom area around sugar.Numerous flies observed in the meat and produce prep areas.The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.Hose observed connected to water line with hose end laying on floor without benefit of a back flow device (vacuum breaker). Multiple cases of frozen food in walk in freezer is covered with ice.Large knife at produce prep table has a broken handle that is heavily taped not allowing for handle to easily cleaned.Observed deeply scored cutting board in produce prep area not resurfaced or discarded as required. Heavy dust build up on walk in produce cooler refrigeration fan guards. Overhead doors located in the receiving area of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Brothers Shim, 9701 Bear Creek Blvd. Bear Creek: Follow-up inspection, in compliance.

The Cabin Armory and Training Center, Inc., 10 Pethick Dr. Wilkes-Barre: Regular 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.

Unger’s Concessions MFF4, 297 Andreas Rd., Nescopeck: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations:

Drain for the hand wash facility was plugged and needed to be repaired.

Wilkes Barre Twp. Settlement Camp, 600 Thornhurst Rd., Pleasant View Summit: Follow-up inspection, in compliance.