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

“Pink and black slimy residue inside the ice maker” P. J. Whelihan’s Pub in Lancaster fails 2nd annual inspection, 12 violations

“Pink and black slimy residue inside the ice maker” P. J. Whelihan’s Pub in Lancaster fails 2nd annual inspection, 12 violations

Lancaster, PA

P. J. Whelihan’s Pub and Restaurant in Lancaster

1659 FRUITVILLE PIKE
Lancaster, PA 17601
609-472-8905

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on November 18, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the P. J. Whelihan’s Pub and Restaurant in Lancaster was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 12 violations were found.

P. J. Whelihan’s Pub and Restaurant also failed its annual inspection last November 19, 2019 with 22 violations cited.

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

  • Food Employee observed changing tasks, (going from dirty dishes to clean) that may have contaminated hands without a proper hand-wash in-between.
  • Food facility is using sauce cups rather than ladles in assorted sauces.
  • Old food residue inside several metal food containers and plastic food containers all stored as clean on the drying rack across from the ice maker.
  • Observed a pink and black slimy residue up inside the ice maker and on the deflector plate of the ice maker.
  • Old food residue observed inside the shredder, the small slicer, and around the inner rim of the large slicer. All stored as clean.
  • Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand-wash sink in the dish washing room.
  • Observed stainless steel spray and other chemicals stored on top of the mechanical dishwasher.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Raw shrimp being stored above cooked turkey in the walk-in cooler.
  • The ice scoop is being stored on top of the ice maker rather than a clean and sanitized surface. The ice scoop for the soda machine is being stored on the top of the soda machine which is not a clean surface.
  • The bumper bars at the cook line are grimy and not clean to sight or touch.
  • Observed clean food equipment on the storage rack across from the ice maker, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).
  • Food employee observed preparing food, wearing a watch.
  • Food employee (dish washer) observed not wearing a beard cover.

** 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.

Lancaster, PA

P. J. Whelihan’s Pub and Restaurant in Lancaster

1659 FRUITVILLE PIKE
Lancaster, PA 17601
609-472-8905

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on November 18, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the P. J. Whelihan’s Pub and Restaurant in Lancaster was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 12 violations were found.

P. J. Whelihan’s Pub and Restaurant also failed its annual inspection last November 19, 2019 with 22 violations cited.

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

  • Food Employee observed changing tasks, (going from dirty dishes to clean) that may have contaminated hands without a proper hand-wash in-between.
  • Food facility is using sauce cups rather than ladles in assorted sauces.
  • Old food residue inside several metal food containers and plastic food containers all stored as clean on the drying rack across from the ice maker.
  • Observed a pink and black slimy residue up inside the ice maker and on the deflector plate of the ice maker.
  • Old food residue observed inside the shredder, the small slicer, and around the inner rim of the large slicer. All stored as clean.
  • Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand-wash sink in the dish washing room.
  • Observed stainless steel spray and other chemicals stored on top of the mechanical dishwasher.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Raw shrimp being stored above cooked turkey in the walk-in cooler.
  • The ice scoop is being stored on top of the ice maker rather than a clean and sanitized surface. The ice scoop for the soda machine is being stored on the top of the soda machine which is not a clean surface.
  • The bumper bars at the cook line are grimy and not clean to sight or touch.
  • Observed clean food equipment on the storage rack across from the ice maker, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).
  • Food employee observed preparing food, wearing a watch.
  • Food employee (dish washer) observed not wearing a beard cover.

** 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

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