Lackawanna County restaurant inspections April 12 – April 18


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.Sunoco Mt. Cobb Travel Plaza, 1174 Mt. Cobb Rd., Jefferson Twp, April 12. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available in the small Nesquik refrigerator on the self service counter. Papers, debris, boxes, etc. on the ground around the dumpsters. Cigarette butts littering the ground behind the facility by the back entrance, shed and dumpster. Food facility has lost its certified food employee over 3 months ago and has not replaced the certified food employee as required. Fax a copy of the food handler certificate, include name and address of facility, to the PA Dept. of Agriculture, Food Safety.

The Fort II, Inc., 1002 Hampton St., Scranton, April 12. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Jessee’s Place, 426 Bartle St., Scranton, April 12. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Mendicino’s Family Restaurant, 914 Dinker Turnpike., Covington Twp, April 12. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: 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. The owner called the repair service, who came during the inspection. There was a pinched line and the final rinse is 120 degrees F and 100 ppm chlorine residual

Blu Wasabi, 223 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, April 13. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Christmas Tree Shops #7036, 4001 Shoppes Blvd., Moosic. April 13. Opening inspection; in compliance.

Russen’s Sports Bar, 201 River St., Olyphant, April 13. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Hood filters have an accumulation of grease. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view. An employee has taken and passed a ServSafe class as was verified by email. A copy of certificate shall be emailed to this inspector. No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sinks in the rest room areas to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection. Observed missing floor tiles in front of the fryer and stove.

Boston Seafood Direct Eynon, LLC, 205 Scranton-Carbondale Hwy., Eynon, April 14. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Working container in sink area, used for storing a chemical taken from bulk supplies, was not marked with the common name of the chemical. The chemical was identified as soap and was labeled during this inspection. Observed food containers stored directly on the floor, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Calamari (13- 2.5 pound bags) observed thawing at room temperature on the floor, which is not an approved thawing method. The calamari was temped at 58 degrees F, using a thermometer that was calibrated in front of owner during inspection. The calamari was voluntarily discarded during this inspection. Hood filters and wall behind fryers have an accumulation of grease. Non-food contact surfaces (the floors of the front counter refrigerators) not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of old food residue, ice and water.

Delish on Main, 254 Main St., Moscow, April 14. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Normandie Bar, 1225 Capouse Ave., Scranton, April 14. Regular inspection; in compliance.

North Pocono Bagel & Restaurant, 814 Route 690, Spring Brook Twp., April 14. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Dust buildup on the fan guard in the walk-in cooler. The fan guard was cleaned.

Subway #13596, 860 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, April 14. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available in the under counter refrigerator. Temperature noted at 38 degrees F during this inspection. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not readily accessible in Coke refrigerator. Temperature noted at 33 degrees F during this inspection. Non-food contact surfaces (self service soda dispenser) not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dust and soda sugar residue.

Adventure Zone & Roller Arena, 3 West Olive St., Scranton, April 15. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Valley View Elementary Center, Main Street, Peckville, April 15. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Valley View High School, 1 Columbus Dr., Archbald, April 15. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Wall juncture behind two-bay sink and three-bay sink in the kitchen area is not durable, smooth, non-porous, non-absorbent, and is not a smooth, easily cleanable surface.

Valley View Intermediate School, 3 Columbus Dr., Archbald, April 15. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Clean dish racks observed stored on the floor in ware-wash area.

Valley View Middle School, 1 Columbus Dr., Archbald, April 15. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Duct tape repair observed on milk cooler edge. Duct tape is not an easily cleaned surface.

Little People Day Care School, 254 Meridian Ave., Scranton, April 18. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations. Observed raw eggs stored above ready-to-eat foods (deli meat and strawberry jam) in reach-in refrigerator. Reviewed proper storage with Person in charge. Clean dish racks observed stored on the floor in prep area.

Sebastianelli’s Restaurant, 221 Scranton-Carbondale Hwy. Eynon, April 18. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Food employee observed in prep area, with soiled outer garments that may contaminate food and/or food equipment Observed beef cooling at room temperature on the prep table, which is not a proper cooling method. Observed gravy being cooled in large stock pots at room temperature, which is not a proper cooling method. Reviewed proper cooling methods with person in charge. Cheese/sliced tomatoes and onions were held at 60 degrees F-68 degrees F in the bain marie area, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. Products were disposed. Refrigerator is not holding 4 degrees F or below. Refrigerator not to be used to hold potentially hazardous foods Meat slicer, a food contact surface, was observed to have old food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Cleaned during this inspection. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Exhaust hood has an accumulation of dust and grease. The hand-wash sink in the prep area was blocked and not accessible at all times for employee use. Observed pooling water next to the hand-wash sink. Tile floor surface in the ware wash/ hand-wash area, is cracked, roughened and is not a smooth, easily cleanable surface. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.

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