By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

12-15 rodent-like droppings, bag of chia seeds have gnaw-like marks, Uma Hibachi Steakhouse in Saint Clair fails state restaurant inspection

12-15 rodent-like droppings, bag of chia seeds have gnaw-like marks, Uma Hibachi Steakhouse in Saint Clair fails state restaurant inspection

Saint Clair, PA

Uma Hibachi Steakhouse

400 Terry Rich BLVD
Saint Clair, PA 17970
(570) 429-0686The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 8, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Uma Hibachi Steakhouse was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations.

The restaurant was, also, found to “Out of Compliance” for each of the last two annual inspections conducted on October 16, 2017 and October 9, 2018.

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

  • The Person in Charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of the PA Food Code as evident by the violations observed in this inspection report.
  • Observed approximately 12-15 rodent-like droppings located inside small outside dry storage shed. Observed one bag of chia seeds to have presence of gnaw-like marks. Item was voluntarily discarded at time of inspection.
  • Rear kitchen screen door was observed to be off-center with gaps and does not protect against vermin/insect entry.
  • Soiled cotton cloths used to cover (and were in direct contact with) containers of onions and precooked rice. *Corrected immediately*
  • Soiled in-use fly strips located throughout main food preparation/kitchen area. *Corrected immediately*
  • Observed numerous foods (bowls of salads) stored open without covering located inside 2-door kitchen cooler (area closest to dish wash unit). *Corrected immediately*
  • Large utensil stored directly inside hand wash sink. Also observed old food splash inside this sink indicating uses other than hand wash. *Corrected immediately*
  • Observed numerous raw animal foods being stored directly above ready to eat foods located inside grill area 2-door cooler. *Corrected immediately*
  • Observed old food litter/grease accumulations located on floors below main grill line equipment.
  • Grease and/or old food debris located on sides of Bain Marie cooling unit and grill line equipment.



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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