Slicer found with dried food residue, evidence of rodent/insect activity: Restaurant Inspections, Jan. 18, 2024

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has posted an updated list of recent Retail Food Inspection Reports for restaurants and food handlers in Berks County. Inspections are a “snapshot” of the day and time of the inspection. Violations are recorded but are often corrected on the spot prior to the inspector leaving the facility. For more information on retail food inspection reports, visit: agriculture.pa.gov

On January 4, 2024, Zola’s Pizzeria, located at 3130 Pricetown Rd, Suite J, Fleetwood, PA 19522, underwent a restaurant inspection revealing several violations. Firstly, the food facility lacked available sanitizer test strips essential for determining the appropriate sanitizer concentration. Secondly, in the kitchen area, some ceiling tiles and ceiling vents were observed to have an accumulation of dust and dirt. Another violation identified was the absence of a covered waste receptacle in the unisex toilet room. Lastly, soap was not available at the handwash sink in the kitchen area, but this issue was promptly corrected during the inspection.

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On January 4, 2024, Michael’s Restaurant, at 1211 W Benjamin Franklin Hwy, Douglassville, PA 19518, underwent a restaurant inspection revealing two violations. Firstly, refrigerated ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 24 hours in the walk-in cooler, was found without proper date marking. This issue was promptly corrected during the inspection. Secondly, observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in back ware washing area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).

On January 4, 2024, Mamma’s Delight Pizza, located at 300 W Main St, Kutztown, PA 19530, underwent a restaurant inspection that revealed several violations. The food facility lacked available sanitizer test strips essential for determining the appropriate sanitizer concentration. Additionally, some parts of the slicer were found to have dried food residue and were not clean to sight and touch. Immediate corrective action was taken to address this issue during the inspection. Another violation noted was the absence of a covered waste receptacle in the women’s toilet room. Lastly, working containers, specifically spray bottles used for storing chemicals and cleaners in the kitchen area, were not marked with the common name of the chemical. This issue was promptly corrected during the inspection.

On January 5, 2024, Bruno’s Bakery, at 740 Noble St, Kutztown, PA 19530, underwent a restaurant inspection that revealed three violations. The food facility lacked available sanitizer test strips, necessary for determining the appropriate sanitizer concentration. Non-food contact surfaces of some bulk ingredient bins and certain equipment showed an accumulation of dirt and debris. Corrective action was taken to ensure a clean and safe environment. Lastly, a small ceiling tile was found to be missing above one of the food preparation tables.

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During the inspection of Maverick Pub & Restaurant located at 721 Carsonia Ave, Reading, PA 19606, on January 8, 2024, two violations were identified. The lid of the ice machine was found to be damaged on the right side. The deflector in the ice machine, considered a food contact surface, exhibited residue and was not visibly or tactually clean. The latter issue was promptly corrected during the inspection.

On January 10, 2024, Michelangelo’s Pizzeria located at 500 Penn Ave, West Reading, PA 19611, underwent a restaurant inspection that revealed multiple violations, leading to a non-compliant inspection. According to the inspection report, the person in charge did not exhibit sufficient control over food safety in the facility. Time in lieu of temperature being used as a control for potentially hazardous foods (pizza pies), but the facility does not have written documentation to verify food is discarded within 4 hours. There is still a build-up of food residue and other debris on surfaces throughout the facility (floor under/around equipment in both the front and back areas, including in the walk-in cooler). A utility sink or curbed cleaning facility with a floor drain is not provided in the food facility. The mop sink has been removed from the closet in the restroom. Several floor tiles in the back area are cracked and are no longer easily cleanable. The outer door located in the restroom of the food facility has a gap at the bottom and does not protect against the entry of pests. Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the restroom. The handwash sink in the back area still does not have single use towels, continuous towels, or air-drying device. Food facility inspection still indicates evidence of rodent/insect activity in the back area around the dough mixer, under equipment, and along the wall of the walk-in cooler. Rodent droppings were observed in this area. A live cockroach was observed near the walk-in cooler, as well as others stuck to glue boards. Facility has proof that a pest control company did provide service. The frequency of service may need to be increased. Mops are still not being hung to air dry. Observed a mop stored in a bucket of dirty water. A working container of cleaner was stored next to the slicer and an in-use box of plastic wrap on a food preparation table in the back area.

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