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

Ephrata Little Caesars: Several filthy aprons not being washed, clean wiping clothes stored in bathroom, it’s 14 violations for fast pizza restaurant

Ephrata Little Caesars: Several filthy aprons not being washed, clean wiping clothes stored in bathroom, it’s 14 violations for fast pizza restaurant

Ephrata, PA

Little Caesars Pizza in Ephrata

1111 S State ST
Ephrata, PA 17522
(717) 271-7377

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on November 25, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Little Caesars Pizza Restaurant in Ephrata was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 14 violations were found.

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

  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • The Person In Charge was unfamiliar with conducting ware washing especially sanitization.
  • Several filthy aprons, containing dough residue and stored on hooks are not being laundered between use.
  • Clean food equipment on rack near 3 bay sink, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).*
  • Hand washing sink in storage room is slow to drain and needs to be unclogged.
  • Food facility does not have available quaternary sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration nor does employee know how to use them.
  • Most stored food equipment, as follows, contained grease and or food remnants and were not clean to sight and touch: pizza wheels, dough pans, deep dish pans, dough mixers.
  • Observed clean wiping cloths stored in the bathroom – a prohibited area.
  • Spots of a dark residue observed on wall behind 3 bay sink.
  • Dish board at 3 bay sink is dirty and not cleaned often enough to prevent recontamination of equipment and utensils.
  • Dirty wiping cloth stored around faucet of 3 bay sink. Dirty cloths may not be reused.
  • Bags of pizza flour found partially stored under back prep room hand washing sink with the potential of contamination from dirty splash water.
  • Food facility does not employ a certified food employee as required. Operator has 60 days from this inspection report date to have a person successfully complete an approved food safety course. Provide a copy of the certificate to the Department and post original in full public view.
  • Mop stored in bucket of dirty mop water.

* Wet nesting refers to the practice of placing two recently-washed items together in a nested fashion, preventing proper airflow. In a moist, dark, low-air environment, unseen bacteria grows unchecked, and suddenly that mixing bowl is a biological incident waiting to happen. Even at high temperatures, the food or ingredients you place on that wet-nested kitchen equipment can act as an accidental insulator, or even as fuel for further bacterial growth.

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Don Shaw

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