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

Evidence of insect activity in food prep area, Nirvana Kitchen fails restaurant inspection, cockroach in bench mounted can opener

Evidence of insect activity in food prep area, Nirvana Kitchen fails restaurant inspection, cockroach in bench mounted can opener

 

 

Nirvana Kitchen

3500 WALNUT ST
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Susquehanna Township conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 2, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Nirvana Kitchen Indian Restaurant on Walnut Street was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. Nirvana Kitchen was cited with 5 violations.

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

  • Table top mounted can opener, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • Food facility inspection indicates evidence of insect activity in food prep area. Observed one cockroach in bench mounted can opener when inspecting unit for soil. Owner immediately called in pest control applicator for support.
  • Cleaned and sanitized plates and bowls located in serving area, are stored with food contact surfaces / food or lip area exposed to hand contact when retrieved by food employees.
  • Mops are not being hung to air dry. Observed mop stored in bucket of dirty water.
  • Cold holding unit with condiments was observed to be 50°F. Owner immediately adjusted thermostat to lower cold holding temperature to 40°F.

 

 

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There are over 26,000 eating and drinking establishments in Pennsylvania, and thousands more convenience stores,  grocery stores and schools required to be inspected by the Department of Agriculture and, in some cases, local government entities at least once a year. Out of more than 2,000 inspections each month only about 150 are found to be, “Out of Compliance.”

Violations leading to the Out of Compliance designation are more critical violations. Establishments can score a number of lower level violations without achieving the Out of Compliance designation.

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Don Shaw

Don Shaw journalist covering local news for The Pennsylvania Chronicle (717) 461-2107 don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com