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Cockroach activity in sink found during Berks food safety inspection at one restaurant

Oct 15, 2023

Berks County is divided into three jurisdictions: Reading, Muhlenberg Township and the rest of the county. Reading and Muhlenberg Township have their own food safety inspectors and the rest of the county is inspected by Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture inspectors.

The results will be posted every other week. All food vendors are inspected at least once a year. Other inspections can be triggered by a change of owner, a follow up if a facility had been out of compliance or by a complaint filed with the PDA.

View any vendor's last inspection report online. Click on the PDF version of the inspection report for all details.

If a food provider is labeled out of compliance, that means it has one or more violations that require a return visit by an inspector. The establishment is given time to fix the problem(s) and remains open for business.

Below are the results of inspections conducted between May 24 and June 6, 2023, that were filed in the state database as of June 8 at 5 p.m.

American Legion Post #637, 650 Franklin St., Hamburg, June 01: no violations.

Pappy T's Pub & Lounge, 50 Industrial Drive, Hamburg, June 01: five violations. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Food facility has an employee that has taken food safety training program; however, the food safety program was not an ANSI/CFP accredited Certified. Mop sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap. The handwash sink in the kitchen area being used as a food preparation sink as evidenced by observed food in the sink. There is no other available hand sink in the kitchen. Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – observed drainline leaking at the warewashing sink and also faucet leaking at bar warewashing sink.

Russell Stover Chocolates #466, 120 Wilderness Trail, Hamburg, June 01: no violations.

Kathryn's Katering, PO Box 187, Blandon, May 31: one violation. Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in dish rack area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).

Liberty Fire Company, 21 Henry Ave., New Berlinville, May 31: one violation. Food facility has an employee that has taken a Food Handler training program; however, an employee with an ANSI/CFP accredited Certified Food Manager program certificate is required.

Salsa Burrito, 4900 Shillington Place, Reading, May 31: no violations.

Union Jacks On The Manatawny, 546 Manatawny Road, Boyertown, May 31: six violations. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in dessert refrigeration unit. Plastic storage container in the walk-in freezer is damaged; not in good repair. Food residue observed along shelving. Observed equipment [exhaust hood, grills, fryers, and surfaces along the cooking line] in the prep area, with an accumulation of food residue, debris and grease. Lighting not observed in the walk-in freezer at the time of inspection. Evidence of insect activity [cockroach] observed in the hand wash sink area. PIC removed insect during inspection. Clean and sanitize contaminated area. Floor perimeters of the prep area, along and under equipment, observed with food and other residue, and is in need of cleaning.

Boyertown Rod & Gun Club, 295 Sunset Hill Road, Boyertown, May 30: no violations.

Pheasantland Rc Racing, 551 Manatawny Road, Boyertown, May 30: two violations. Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the reach in refrigerator, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. A utility sink or curbed cleaning facility with a floor drain is not provided in the food facility.

Dunkin, 830 Rt 100, Bechtelsville, May 26: seven violations. Food employees observed in kitchen area, not wearing proper beard covers. Not enough drainboards, utensil racks, or tables to allow for storage of soiled and/or cleaned items before and after cleaning. There are no racks at warewashing sink to allow for air drying of clean dishes. Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in warewashing area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting). Corrected. Flooring at drain in the kitchen area is is gapped at drain causing a ponding of stagnant water around drain. The floor/wall juncture in kitchen doorway area is not coved and closed to 1/32 inch Missing coving tiles at doorway. Wall attachments in the kitchen warewashing and front counter area are not easily cleanable. Several large cracks in FRP wall board coverings need to be repaired. Several ceiling vent areas of the food facility are extremely dirty, dusty, and in need of cleaning.

The Alley Hole, 217 Catherine St., Shillington, May 25: two violations. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing. Corrected. Working containers in kitchen area, used for storing *chemicals, cleaners* taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical. Also bottles were stored on food prep areas. Corrected.

Tlacuani Mexican Food Truck Mff3 Zpl5864, 91a Bowers Road, Reading, May 25: one violation. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.

American House, 737 Fritztown Road, Sinking Spring, May 24: no violations.

Bonehead's Grille, 1380 Rt. 100 @ Jake's Flea Market, Barto, May 24: no violations.

Community Fire Co of Fritztown Social Quarters, 1060 Fritztown Road, Sinking Spring, May 24: one violation. Ice mold plate area of the ice machine in bar, a food contact surface, was observed to have pink slime mold residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Also Soda gun nozzle has a slight residue build up.

Giovanni's Pizzeria, 1306 Reading Ave., Boyertown, May 24: nine violations. Observed wet wiping cloths in prep area, not being stored in sanitizer. Observed food [bag of onions] stored in the under a staircase in the rear prep area, which is a prohibited area for food storage. Refrigerated ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food prepared in the food facility, located in the walk-in cooler, observed without date marking. PIC provided date marking for the food items [chicken] during the inspection. Corrected on site. Food facility is not utilizing chlorine sanitizer test strips to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration for the low temp dishwasher. 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. PIC replaced the sanitizing solution and primed the sanitizer line of the machine during inspection. A chlorine concentration of 50 ppm obtained prior to completion of inspection. Corrected on site. Observed equipment [panini press, exhaust hood, filters] in the prep area, with an accumulation of dust, grease, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces. Floor / ceiling in the prep area is not durable, smooth, non-porous, non-absorbent, and easily cleaned. Rear screen door, located in the prep area of the food facility, has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals. Prep area of the food facility along the exhaust hood, observed with an accumulation of grease and residue along floor perimeters.

Robin Hill Camping Resort MCH Robin Hill LP, 149 Robin Hill Road, Lenhartsville, May 24: no violations.

Speedway #06753, 14233 Kutztown Road, Fleetwood, May 24: no violations.

Union House, 1803 S Main St., Bechtelsville, May 24: three violations. Filters not observed on the exhaust hood in the prep area. Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sink in the prep area to remind food employees to wash their hands.

Wagner's Quality Fuels, 647 N. Reading Ave. PO Box 251, New Berlinville, May 24: no violations.

Wilcox Roadside Market, 1134 Reading Ave., Boyertown, May 24: no violations.

Cross Roads Family Restaurant, 4643 Pottsville Pike,, May 28: six violations. Employee beverages with lids observed on food prep tables. Corrected on inspection. Store employee beverage away from food and equipment, with a lid and straw. Food employees observed in soup area, not wearing proper hair restraint, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. A food employee was observed touching cold sandwich contents — a ready-to-eat food — with bare hands. Observed wet wiping cloths in service line area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil. Stove, grill, ovens soiled between equipment. Floor under cook's equipment has accumulation of grease and food residue. Ceiling tile broken/stained above the ice machine, and needs replacement.

Burger King # 303, 3421 N. Fifth Street Highway,, May 27: no violations.

Stoltzfus Soft Pretzels, 2934 N. Fifth Street Highway,, May 27: seven violations. The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Open employee beverage containers, water and coffee, were observed on rear counter, a food preparation area. Store properly away from food/supplies with a lid and straw. Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Corrected on inspection. Observed scoop handles in bulk bins with bulk product on them, indicating the scoop handle was not stored above the food. Observed food stored adjacent to dusty floor fan, below dusty overhead heater lamp covers, dusty soda machine screen, dusty hanging ladder and dusty electrical coils for overhead water heater. A sanitizing bucket was unavailable for storage of sanitizing cloths when not in use. Old food residue observed in the handwashing sink, indicating uses other than handwashing. Out of compliance.

Sunoco Mini Mart, 4601 N. Fifth Street Highway,, May 27: no violations.

None filed.

The following reports for the period of May 10 to May 23, 2023, were added to the state's database after May 25 and did not appear in the previous Berks food safety report.

Brandywine Heights Middle School, 200 W. Weis St., Topton, May 22: no violations.

Brandywine Heights School District Elementary School, 445 W. Barkley St., Topton, May 22: no violations.

Brandywine Heights School District High School, 103 Old Topton Road, Mertztown, May 22: no violations.

Mad Waffle Mff-3 Pa-Vtn1460, 5306 Allentown Pike, Temple, May 22: no violations.

Pine Hill R V Park, 268 Old Route 22, Kutztown, May 22: no violations.

The Henry P. Robeson House Beef & Ale, 124 E. Penn Ave., Robesonia, May 22: three violations. Food facility sinks have a direct connection to the floor drain basin and need an air gap. Women's toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. The floor / wall juncture in kitchen area is not coved and closed to 1/32 inch.

Willow Creek Brewing, 643 Penn Ave., West Reading, May 22: no violations.

Miami Style Cafe, 7 Ridge Way, Womelsdorf, May 19: no violations.

Paradise Island Smoothies & Juices, 1665 State Hill Road, Wyomissing, May 19: no violations.

Rescue Fire Company #1, 14 W. Tanner St., Mount Aetna, May 19: no violations.

The Cone, 55 W. Penn Ave., Wernersville, May 19: no violations.

B Chamberlain LLC, 1 Flying Hills Drive, Reading, May 18: no violations.

Sweets & Eats Cafe LLC, 600 Kenhorst Place, Reading, May 18: one violation. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Bain marie cutting board must be resurfaced or discarded.

The Barn At Flying Hills, 13 Village Center Drive, Reading, May 18: no violations.

Blandon Park Concession, 36 W. Wesner Road, Blandon, May 17: no violations.

Lattanzio Sandwiches, 3226 Kutztown Road, Laureldale, May 17: one violation. Rear door located in the kitchen area of the food facility has a gap at the bottom that not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Maidencreek Twp Community Park, 753 Park Road, Blandon, May 17: one violation. Open hot dogs and container of cooked hot dogs are not being date marked.

State Theatre Of Boyertown, 61 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, May 16: no violations.

KidsPeace – Berks Campus, 704 Hay Road-Wilson Sarig School, May 22, no violations.

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