Luzerne County restaurant inspections April 6 – April 8


The following are recent Luzerne 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.

Vesuvio’s Pizzeria Ristorante, 101 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, April 6. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in kitchen area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as hair nets or hats. Food contact surface of cutting board is not smooth or easily cleanable. Observed black mold-like film on interior of cube head inside ice machine. Ice was disposed and head cleaned during this inspection. No covered trash receptacle in employee restroom.

Bunkers, 462 S. Poplar St., Hazleton, April 6. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Delkanic Farm Market, 1056 Loyalville Outlet Rd., Harveys Lake, April 6. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed bags of flour and rice stored directly on the floor in bakery area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat time/temperature control for safety food (deli meats and cheeses), located in the refrigerator, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. The meats and cheeses were dated during this inspection. The owner was unsure when the turkey was opened and sliced so she voluntarily denatured and discarded the turkey breast during this inspection. The food facility does not maintain food employee certification records as required. The facility does not have a food employee certification. The owner will email this inspector or fax/mail to the Regional office proof that they have registered and paid for an employee to take the course within 10 days. The facility has 90 days to obtain certification. The facility will then email this inspector or Fax /mail a copy of the certification to the Regional office once the certificate is received.

King Neptune, 3046 Memorial Hwy., Dallas, April 6. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: The door gaskets of the walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer are deteriorated and need to be replaced. Observed a buildup ofstatic dust on fan guards in the reach-in self-service refrigerator.the fan guards were cleaned during this inspection. Observed a buildup of grease on the hood filters and frame on the ventilation system and in need of cleaning.

Lucky Charms Bar & Grill, 224 E. 5th St., Hazleton, April 6. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: No thermometers visible in all in-use refrigeration units. Observed like mold-like growth on interior of ice machine bin. Ice was disposed and machine cleaned during this inspection. No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the food prep area to remind food employees to wash their hands.

The Beer Garage, 202 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton, April 6. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Tomasino’s Original Italian Pizza, 54 Dallas Shopping Center., Dallas, April 6. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

American Legion Post #495, 575 Route 239, Shickshinny, April 7. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Raw eggs store above ready-to-eat foods in the walk-in cooler located outside of facility. The eggs were moved to the bottom shelf during this inspection. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in all refrigeration and freezer units with the exception of the walk-in cooler. Observed an accumulation of static dust on the fan guard inside of the Turbo Air refrigeration unit located at the bar. Drinking water quality obtained from a non-public water system does not meet DEP water quality standards. The facility was placed on a Boil Water Advisory by DEP on 4/6/16 due to a positive colifom bacteria. The facility’s sodium hypochlorite chemical pump failed. Reviewed and left copy of boil water advisory guideline with person in charge.

Dollar General #15995, 547 E. South St., Freeland, April 7. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Full Moon Cafe, 217 Jackson St., Edwardsville, April 7. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Kidder Twp. Volunteer Fire Co., 4244 Route 534, White Haven, April 7. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violations: Three-basin kitchen sink has buildup of grime in basins. No current water quality test results are available for review.

Planet Fitness, Gateway Shopping Center, Unit 21B, Edwardsville, April 7. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the restrooms to remind food employees to wash their hands.Signs were placed during this inspection.

Ramada Inn #11568, 1221 N. Church St., Hazelton, April 7. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Person(s) in charge are not monitoring facility operation for compliance with food code requirements. No consumer advisory on menu for animal derived foods cooked to order. Wire shelving in walk-in cooler has buildup of mold on food contact surfaces. No hand-wash sink is available in new bar area.

Subway #30026, 901 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, April 7. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Asaki, 1900 Memorial Hwy., Suite 5, Shavertown, April 8. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: The Person in charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. The facility does not have a HACCP Plan as required for sushi. Containerized food was stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The containers were elevated during this inspection. The facility is using single-use soy sauce containers/bucket to store other foods and sauces. Soiled dishes and utensils observed in the hand-wash sink located at the sushi bar, indicating uses other than hand washing. Dishes and utensils were removed from the sink during this inspection. Several containers of raw eggs were stored above ready-to-eat food items in the walk-in cooler. The eggs were moved to the bottom shelf during this inspection. Observed and using common cups without handles stored in bulk food items or bulk ingredients. Food utensils in (ice cream scoop/spoons) stored in the ice cream dispensing area observed stored in a container of water which is not maintained at 135 degrees F. This was corrected during this inspection. The inside of the soda gun holster and dispensing nozzle located at the bar, a food contact surface, was observed to have a white film-like residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Both were cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Wire shelving inside the walk-in cooler, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Employee restroom is not provided with a trash receptacle or covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand-wash sink in the waiter service area and employee restroom area. Paper towels were placed during this inspection. No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the waiter/service area or sushi bar area to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection. Soap was not available at the hand-wash sink in the food prep area. Soap was placed during this inspection, Peeling paint and exposed drywall observed in various areas of the kitchen.

Asaki Sushi, 75 Country Club Shopping Ctr. Dallas, April 8. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Bernardo’s Pizza, 170 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville, April 8. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the 3-door refrigerator and double door glass refrigerator units. Observed paint on ceiling above pizza ovens peeling and in need of clean and resurface. Hose attached to sink in prep kitchen area does not have an approved back flow prevention device. Observed an accumulation of grease, dirt, food residue, and debris on non-food contact surfaces (floor between laminate and wall) behind equipment on cook line. Observed buildup of grease and static dust on removable hood vents in need of cleaning. Observed buildup of static dust above pizza ovens. Observed accumulation of debris and old cardboard stored under porch outside the food facility and needs to be removed. Ceiling in kitchen prep area has approximately 1” crack and gap, and needs to be repaired.

Burger King #1985, 1870 Memorial Hwy., Shavertown, April 8. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in bane marie in prep area. Ceiling air vents throughout the food facility have a buildup of static dust and in need of cleaning.

Jack & Nate’s Kosher Hot Dogs & Knishes, 255 Highland Park Blvd. Wilkes-Barre, April 8. Complaint inspection; in compliance. Violation: Food employee observed handling money and food without washing hands and changing gloves in between. Discussed proper hand washing and glove use. Person in charge stated that utensils will be used to handle foods.

Tomato Heads Pizzeria, 934 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, April 8. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Working containers in prep and storage area, used for storing cleaners taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical. Person in charge labeled containers. Person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Observed bag of flour and a bag onions in the storage area and a case of produce and containers of sauce and ingredients in the walk in cooler stored directly on the floor , rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Refrigerated ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 24 hours, is not being properly date marked. Discussed date marking and provided handout. Observed a buildup of rust on shelves in Pepsi cooler in the back area. Observed scored and stained cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door. Observed multiple in-use containers of food ingredients not labeled with the common name. Containers labeled. Observed plastic cups with no handles being used as scoops and stored in bulk ingredient containers. Cups were removed from containers. Meatballs and sauce was held at 71 degrees F, in the hot hold area, rather than 135 degrees F or above as required. Food was reheated to 165 degrees F and placed in hot-hold unit. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in multiple refrigeration units. Observed an accumulation of food debris along the interior bottom edges of the Pepsi cooler in the back area. Observed an accumulation of food residue on non-food contact surfaces of the mixer and the meat slicer. Observed an accumulation of grease and dust on ceiling and hoods above the cooking area. Observed an accumulation of grease on the sides of the fryer and on the floor under the cooking equipment. Unisex toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. No soap or paper towels available at the hand-wash sink in kitchen area.

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