Lackawanna County restaurant inspections: Jan 5-11

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The following are recent Lackawanna County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. According 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.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolate Shops, Village Square, Clarks Summit, Jan 5. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; certificate has expired, and is no longer valid.

Sal’s Pizza, 505 Linden St., Scranton, Jan 5. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Smoketown, LLC, 594 Burke Bypass, Suite C, Olyphant, Jan 5. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed a quart of whole milk with a sell by date of 1/3/16. The milk was discarded during this inspection. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment not available or readily accessible in the Snapple reach-in cooler.

CJ’s Lounge, 5431 Haas Pond Road, Madison Township, Jan 6. Regular inspection; in compliance.

CFM Express, 6 Pack, Inc., 931 Main St., Suite 4, Simpson, Jan 6. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed walk-in cooler fan guards with an accumulation of dust debris on non-food contact surfaces.

Convenient #3023, 300 Cedar Ave., Scranton, Jan 6. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Commercially processed ready-to-eat food, located in the heat holding area was not dated, and held more than 48 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened, was corrected.

Convenient, 1111 Moosic & Meadow Ave., Scranton, Jan 6. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: ready-to-eat sandwiches where not dated as to when they were put into the hot holding area. Corrected on site.

AV Restaurant and Lounge, 4134 Birney Ave., Moosic, Jan 7. Opening inspection; in compliance. Violations: Pasta products in the freezer stored open with no covering. Liquid and dry food ingredient storage containers, in the prep area, not labeled with the common name of the food. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment not available or readily accessible in refrigerator. Dust collecting on fan guards inside two-door refrigerator. Non-food contact surfaces (under cutting board) not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil. Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in kitchen area, stored uncovered or not inverted. Dark mold-like buildup forming on wall behind/under mechanical dishwasher. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the ware wash area. Toilet rooms are not completely enclosed with a tight fitting door.

Cadden Old Forge Beverage, 814 S Main St., Old Forge, Jan 7. Regular inspection; in compliance.

LaCoe’s Custom Butchering, Routes 6 & 11, La Plume, Jan 7. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in packing area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. Observed boxes of meats stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins.

Nana’s Pasta House, 1223 Springbrook Ave., Moosic, Jan 7. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violation: The hand wash sink in the prep area was blocked by pots and not accessible at all times for employee use.

Suzie’s Pub and Eatery, Inc., 3305 Birney Ave., Moosic, Jan 8. Opening inspection; out of compliance. Violations: The food facility does not maintain Food Employee Certification records as required. Exhaust hood has an accumulation of dust. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in refrigerator. Food Employee is not using available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine sanitizer concentration. The food facility is not using an approved detergent-sanitizer in both compartments of the two-compartment ware wash sink. Food Facility is not using an approved detergent-sanitizer in both compartments of the two-compartment manual ware washing equipment. Microwave, a food contact surface, was observed to have old food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Observed black residue forming inside/outside of cuber inside ice machine bin, and was not clean to sight and touch. Women’s toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Carpet being used as a floor covering in kitchen area.

12 Penny Saloon, 3501 Birney Ave.,Moosic, Jan 8. Opening inspection; in compliance.

Dollar General, 205 S. Washington Ave., Archbald, Jan. 8. Opening inspection; in compliance.

Dollar General #16162, 281 State Route 435, Clifton Township, Jan 8. Opening inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility hot water heater is not producing enough hot water to supply employee/patron hand washing sinks at the time of this inspection. Hot water observed 66 degrees F. Contractor corrected the violation. Floor surface emergency door exit area of the food facility is dirty, dusty, from construction dust and in need of cleaning.

Valley Bowling Lanes, 1 Meredith St., Childs, Jan 11. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in three-door beverage air equipment. Observed black residue buildup on rubber door gaskets unit used for holding beverage glasses. Ice machine bar does not have an adequate air gap of at least 1 inch, between the equipment and the waste water drain. The unit has a gate valve back flow prevention device installed which may not be an acceptable means to prevent back siphon. Reference current plumbing code for compliance. Plumbing system not maintained in good repair. Observed waste water drain line leaking beneath the three- compartment sink bar area. Women’s toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Dust buildup observed on the interior surface mechanical exhaust hood vents.

Ray’s Shur Save, Old Forge, 431 Lawrence St., Old Forge, Jan 11. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli refrigerator, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. The Person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing. Food employee observed in deli area, wearing bracelet on arm. Cod fish in the fish cooler is not labeled with the common name of the food. Water container, in the bakery area, is not labeled with the common name of the solution. Food dispensing utensil in sugar bin in bakery observed stored in the food and not with handle above the top of the food and the container.Fried chicken was held at 96/101 degrees F, in the hot holding unit by the deli area, rather than 135 degrees F or above as required. Packaged turkey dinners were held at 90 degrees F /110 degrees F, (deli warmer/front isle warmer) in the retail area, rather than 135 degrees F or above as required. Per person in charge, the dinners were heated and put in the warmer unit 1 hour prior. Dinners will be discarded in 3 hours. The dinners were heated and put in the warmer unit. Time in lieu of temperature procedure requirements provided. Soup was held at 128 degrees F, in the electric hot hold unit, rather than 135 degrees F or above as required. Person in charge stated sauce was only there for 1 hour. Product was pulled from hot hold unit and placed on range for rapid reheating. French bread pizza is retailed off sales floor at ambient room temperature. If time rather than temperature is used as public health control then foods shall be marked with a time that is 4 hours past the time the food was removed from temperature control and disposal must be made at that time. Also written records shall be kept daily on disposals. Facility sells fresh clams. a sign must be posted stating eating raw clams may cause a food borne illness. Observed paint brush not constructed with an approved material for food contact, being used as a food utensil. Customer self-service single-use forks are not displayed in a manner so that only the handles are touched by customers. No hot water was available at the hand wash sink in the produce department due to shut off valve being closed under the sink. Corrected at time of this inspection. The hand wash sink located in the Produce area does not have water at a temperature of at least 100 degrees F. Hot water valve was turned off. No back flow prevention installed between hose end sprayer hose and supply pipe in three-compartment sink in the deli prep area. The hand wash sink in the deli area being used as a food preparation sink as evidenced by observed ham wrapper and deli meat scraps in the sink. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sink in the pizza prep area to remind food employees to wash hands. Paper towel dispenser empty at hand wash sink in the meat room area. Employees purse was stored on top of bags to be used to package prepared for sale food items in bakery area.

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