By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

“Biofilm” on deflector of ice machine, Son’s of Italy in Harrisburg blows 2nd straight state inspection, 9 violations

“Biofilm” on deflector of ice machine, Son’s of Italy in Harrisburg blows 2nd straight state inspection, 9 violations
Harrisburg, PA

Grand Lodge of the Pennsylvania Order Sons of Italy in Harrisburg

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on November 7, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Grand Lodge of the Pennsylvania Order Sons of Italy in Harrisburg was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 9 violations were found.

Grand Lodge of the Pennsylvania Order Sons of Italy in Harrisburg also failed their last regular inspection on June 24, 2018, with 10 violations.

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • Observed opened salad dressing held at approximately 50°F, in a refrigeration unit in the kitchen area, rather than 41°F or below as required.*
  • Accumulation of biofilm on the deflector plate of the large ice machine in the kitchen area.
  • Observed accumulation of old food residue on the can opener blade.
  • Heavy accumulation of old food debris on the deli food slicer blade in the kitchen area.
  • Observed areas of mold on the metal shelving units storing food in the walk-in cooler.
  • One refrigeration unit holding dressing and vegetables is not maintaining a temperature of 41 F or lower, as required.*
  • Observed heavy accumulation of dirt and debris on the floor under cooking and storage equipment in the kitchen area.
  • Raw beef stored on a shelf directly above seafood in the walk-in cooler.
  • Observed a gap located on the bottom right of the side exterior door, which does not prevent against entry of insects and rodents.
  • The food facility does not have the certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.
  • Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.

* The temperature danger zone is food temperatures between 41 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit and the most rapid bacteria growth occurs between 70 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The longer food sits in this temperature range, the greater the risk that bacteria will begin to grow on food.

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Don Shaw

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