LACKAWANNA COUNTY RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS: June 8 to June 13


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.

Amber Indian Restaurant, 3505 Birney Ave., Moosic, June 8. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Person in charge is not monitoring the facility closely enough to fully comply with the PA Food Code. Observed three quarts of 1% milk with expired dates of 06/05/16 & 06/07/16 in the refrigerator and intended for use in the food facility. Person in charge voluntarily disposed the quarts during this inspection. Chicken and salad in the walk-in cooler and refrigerator area stored open with no covering. Several food ingredient storage containers, in the kitchen/dry storage area, are not labeled with the common name of the food. Observed chopped onions stored under hand-wash sink area, and subject to potential contamination. Observed food storage container and boxes of food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler/walk-in freezer and kitchen area, 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, located in the bain marie, is not being date marked. Exhaust hood has an accumulation of dust and grease. Observed scored cutting board not resurfaced or discarded as required. 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. Microwave and French fries cutter, a food contact surface, were observed to have old food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Observed wire shelving in the kitchen area with accumulation of dust, grease, debris on non-food contact surfaces. Non-food contact surfaces of ice machine and top surface of mechanical dishwasher not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil. Waste receptacle for disposable paper towels not provided at the hand washing sink in toilet room area. Dead battery in employee toilet room at hand towel dispenser. Walls behind three-compartment sink observed to have black mold-like residue on it and was not clean to sight and touch. Toilet room door was propped open, and not kept closed as required.

Bigsy’s, 1418 Lafayette St., Scranton, June 8. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Cousin’s Convenient Mart, 10 Hill St., Jessup, June 8. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Raw eggs stored above ready-to-eat food in the refrigerator. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Non-food contact surfaces, plastic milk shelving in walk-in cooler not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of mold-like residue. Ice buildup on the condenser unit in deli meat refrigeration unit. Tongs for customer self-service not displayed so that only handles are touched by consumers and employees.

Ice Screamers, LLC, 3365 Birney Ave., Moosic,June 8. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food ingredient storage containers, in the prep area, not labeled with the common name of the food. No thermometer is available in the reach in refrigerator.

Suzie’s Pub and Eatery, Inc., 3305 Birney Ave., Moosic, June 9. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Non-food contact surfaces, beer keg refrigerator, not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil. Refrigerator fan guards have an accumulation of dust and debris. Fly tape observed hanging in the kitchen area.

The Falcon’s Nest, 403 Hudson St., Jermyn, June 9. Opening inspection; in compliance. Violation: New food facility has 90 days to meet the requirement for a certified food employee as required.

The Vine Cafe, 431 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, June 9. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Via Appia, 900 S Main St., Taylor, June 9. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Non-food contact surfaces, fan guards in walk-in cooler, not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dust.

Walmart, 900 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City, June 9. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violations: Spray hose observed hanging below flood level of 3-bay in bakery area. The spray hose was re-positioned above flood level during this inspection. The fan guards in the dairy walk-in cooler were observed with an accumulation of dust. The fan guards were cleaned during this inspection.

Convenient Food Mart #3030, 899 Davis St., Moosic, June 9. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Raw eggs stored above ready-to-eats foods in reach in refrigerator.

Kutsop’s Market, 101 7th St., Blakely, June 9. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: 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. Meats and cheeses will be date marked from this date on.

Subway, 899 Davis St., Moosic, June 9. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in serving area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. Ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

Al’s Quick Stop/Subway #165, 10 Scranton Pocono Hwy. Covington Twp., June 10. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violation: Food employee observed in Subway sandwich prep area, not wearing a proper hair restraint, such as a net, hat, or beard cover. The employee donned a hat.

Philly Pretzel Factory, 553 Scranton/Carbondale Hwy., Scranton, June 10. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Manual ware-washing equipment observed with buildup of filth and not cleaned before use, and frequently throughout the day. Old food and flour residue buildup on door handles in the walk-in cooler. Observed boxes of trays stored in toilet room, a prohibited area. Water, as observed at prep station hand-washing sinks, is not under pressure during inspection. Toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins.

Quinn’s Cafe, 224 Main St., Archbald, June 10, Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Observed three half gallon of low fat 1% milk with expired dates of 06/05/16 intended for sale in the food facility. Half gallons were removed from sale. Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk-in cooler, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to control ready-to-eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food. Not enough drainboards, utensil racks, or tables to allow for storage of soiled and/or cleaned items before and after cleaning. Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door. Food spills and debris on one area of floor under shelving in walk-in cooler area. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.

St. John’s Cathedral, 700 Hill St., Mayfield, June 10. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Non-food contact surfaces, door/door handles in the walk-in coolers and walk-in freezer, not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil. Ceiling tiles missing in the ware-wash station, and need replaced.

Doc’s Deli-licious, 527 Carbondale Rd., Scott Twp., June 13. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Observed chemicals being stored on top of the refrigerator unit in the dry storage area. The chemicals were removed during this inspection. Food Employee observed donning single use gloves without a prior hand wash. Employees instructed to wash hands prior to donning single use gloves. Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the refrigerator, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. All foods will be date marked from this date forward. The interior ceiling of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned during this inspection.The deli slicer, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The deli slicer was cleaned during this inspection. Non-food contact surfaces, table underneath grill, interior floor of the bain marie, table top fan, interior wall of cappuccino machine, not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation food residue. The floor in the back storage area is in need of cleaning.

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