By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

Insect control device in soup preparation area, Mosby’s Pub flubs state restaurant inspection, 17 violations, 2nd failure in a year

Insect control device in soup preparation area, Mosby’s Pub flubs state restaurant inspection, 17 violations, 2nd failure in a year

Mount Joy, PA

Mosby’s Pub in Mount Joy

215 East Main Street
Mount Joy, PA 17552
(717) 653-5775

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 9, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Mosby’s Pub in Mount Joy was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 17 violations were found.

In the last annual inspection Mosby’s Pub a total of 18 violations were cited last year on September 24, 2019, and was found “Out of Compliance.” During a follow-up inspection on October 5, 2018, the restaurant was found “In Compliance” although 8 violations were cited during that visit.

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.
  • An insect control device located in the soup preparation area with potential to contaminate utensils.
  • Person in Charge has failed in their managerial duties by not ensuring employees are effectively cleaning their hands by routinely monitoring the employee hand washing.
  • The Person in Charge has failed in their managerial duties by ensuring employees are preventing cross contamination of Ready-to-Eat food with bare hands.
  • A food employee was observed touching sandwich rolls – a ready to eat food – with bare hands.
  • Crab salad, a refrigerated, ready to eat time temperature control for safety food in the cooling unit, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7-day use date and requires discarding.
  • Whipped cream, creamers, and milk were held at 48°F, in the bar chest-cooler, rather than 41°F or below as required.
  • An open employee’s beverage container was observed on the corner of the bain marie.
  • Observed grease and a grease build-up on the floor beneath the fryers and inside the fryer cabinets.
  • Observed onions stored directly on the floor in the dish washing area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.
  • Food Employee observed donning single use gloves without a prior hand wash.
  • Food employees observed involved in food preparation, not wearing a beard cover.
  • Observed the drainage line for the soda gun at the bar being stored inside the ice in the ice bin for customer drinks.
  • Old food splatter observed inside the microwave above the “make” unit.
  • Dumpster lid observed open at the time of this inspection.
  • Salmon in reduced-oxygen-packaging was thawed, however was not removed from packaging prior to thawing, as indicated on thawing instructions on the packaging.
  • Observed employee personal medicine stored on the shelf with spices.
  • Metal scouring pad in the designated hand-wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing.

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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