Lackawanna restaurant inspections April 25-28: buildup of old food, uncleaned cooking vessels



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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.

    Buona Pizza, 1 Greenridge Plaza, Scranton, April 25. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation; Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand-wash sink in the employee area. Soap was not available at the hand-wash sink in the employee area.

    Constantino’s, 1385 Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit, April 25. Regular inspection; in compliance.

    Dollar Tree #1670, 640 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City, April 25. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed cardboard boxes of food stored directly on the floor in the walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer areas, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.

    Rich’s Restaurant & Catering, LLC, 1000 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, April 25. Regular inspection; in compliance.

    Subway, 899 Davis St., Moosic, April 25. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing. Food employee observed in prep area, wearing bracelet on hands. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. Food dispensing utensil observed stored in the food and not with handle above the top of the food and the container.

    Alpine Swirl, 1150 Main St., Peckville, April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance.

    Boston Seafood Direct, 205 Scranton-Carbondale Hwy., Eynon, April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: The French fry cutter, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The cutter was cleaned during this inspection.

    DonBaldo’s by Iris, 978 Main St., Peckville,k April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.

    Nicolio Beer Distributor, 701 Penn Ave., Mayfield, April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance.

    Orazzi’s Blue Ridge Inn, 485 Rte. 106, Greenfield Twp., April 26. Regular inspection; in compliance.

    OTOWN Craft House, 400 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant, April 27. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations; Food ingredient storage containers, in the kitchen and basement storage area, are not labeled with the common name of the food. The containers were labeled during this inspection. The interior of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave oven was cleaned during this inspection. Non-food contact surfaces (fan guards in the walk-in cooler ) not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dust.

    Trojan Diner, 135 N. Main St., Moscow, April 27. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Duties of the person in charge are not being followed as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. A food employee was observed buttering bread, a ready-to-eat food, with bare hands. The employee washed his hands and donned gloves. Observed wiping cloth in extremely unclean condition on the bain marie cutting board. The cook placed the cloth in a hamper. Cheese was held at 55 degrees F, in the Custom Cool refrigerator in the kitchen, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. The ambient temperature is 58 degrees F and the unit thermometer reads 5 degrees F. The cook stated that the refrigerator is stocked daily and the food was placed in the bain marie and walk-in cooler. Cans of moldy pie filling were discarded by the cook. The Custom Cool refrigerator in the kitchen is not maintaining cold food at 41 degrees F or below. Food facility does not have available chlorine sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Water accumulating on the bottom of the bain marie. Cloth towels placed on the bottom of the bain marie. Buildup of old food residue on the blade, frame and housing of the meat slicer. The slicer was disassembled for cleaning. Old food residue on the interior, the door and handle of the Hamilton Beach microwave, on the meat slicer table. The microwave oven was cleaned. Hot water at the kitchen sink is 102 degrees F, shall be 110 degrees F or above. Hot water at the service counter sink is 12 degrees F.

    Cousin’s Convenient Mart, 10 Hill St., Jessup, April 27. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Eggs are served raw or under cooked to the customer’s request; however, a written consumer advisory (on the menu, table tent, or placard) is not provided to the consumer. Consumer advisory statement provided at the time of this inspection. Food residue and grease observed in the hand-wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing.

    Delish on Main, 254 Main St., Moscow, April 27. Follow-up inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Duties of the person-in-charge are not being followed as noted in this non-compliant inspection. Chili, was not cooled from 135 degrees F to 70 degrees F in 2 hours and/or from 135 degrees F to 41 degrees F within 6 hours, after preparation. The chili was prepared in a 10 gallon pot and placed in the glass door refrigerator at approximately 2 pm yesterday, temperature at the time of inspection is 64 degrees F. The owner disposed of approximately 45 lbs/$125.00. Observed chili being cooled in a large stock pot in the glass door refrigerator, which is not a proper cooling method.

    Jitty Joe’s, 4211 Birney Ave., Moosic, April 27. Regular inspection; in compliance.

    Lackawanna County Coal Mine Concession, April 27. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

    Longhorn Steakhouse, 8011 Shoppes Blvd., Moosic, April 27. Follow-up inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Cooked carrots and rice were held at 53 degrees F, in the Delfield refrigerator rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. Other food items on upper doors were 44 degrees F. Delfield 4-door refrigerator is not holding 4 degrees F or below. The manager had stated previously that a new refrigerator parts in on order.

    Moosic Citgo, 4685 Birney Ave., Moosic, April 27. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violation: Food facility does not have a three-compartment sink for manual ware washing. Owner had stated previously that ware-washing sink is on order.

    Ciccone’s Pizza, 230 Oak St., Old Forge, April 28. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed wet wiping cloths in prep area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Observed bag of onions stored directly on the floor in kitchen area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand-wash sink in the prep area.

    Turkey Hill #273, 3369 Birney Ave., Moosic, April 28. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation; Floor under three-compartment sink is dirty, dusty, and in need of cleaning.

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