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

Inspection; Roma Pizza in Ephrata hit for handling food with bare hands, state cites restaurant for 9 violations

Inspection; Roma Pizza in Ephrata hit for handling food with bare hands, state cites restaurant for 9 violations
Ephrata, PA

Roma Pizza Restaurant

15 W Main ST
Ephrata, PA 17522
717-733-8786

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 4/8/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Roma Pizza Restaurant was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 9 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.
Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to control pizza without dumentation to verify disposition of food.
Salami a commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk-in cooler, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened.
Observed unscreened front door and back screened door kept open permitting the entry of insects and other vectors.
Food Employee observed donning single use gloves without a prior hand wash.
A food employee was observed placing sub rolls , a ready-to-eat food, into bread drawer with bare hands. Voluntarily discarded
Ham, salami and cheese were held in the Bain Marie at 44F – 46F* rather than 41°F or below as required. Voluntarily discarded.
A wooden pizza paddle contains nicks and splintering and no longer smooth and easily cleanable.
Metal shelving over 3 bay sink is rusted and no longer a smooth, easily cleanable surface.
Observed a personal bottle of Bicord** for muscles stored among clean dishes and near to food, and not in a separate location.

** This is copied from the report. It’s unclear what, “Bicord” is. The Pennsylvania Chronicle assumes this to be a misspelled medication.

*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.