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

16 violations for Carone’s Market in Freeland at planned Change of Ownership retail food establishment inspection

16 violations for Carone’s Market in Freeland at planned Change of Ownership retail food establishment inspection

Freeland, PA

Carone’s Market

400 FRONT ST
FREELAND, PA 18224
570-636-2000

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted a planned retail food inspection on January 7, 2020 due to a change of ownership. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Carone’s Market in Freeland was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 16 violations were found.

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

  • Person(s) in charge are not monitoring establishment operation for compliance with food code requirements.
  • Raw eggs were stored above ready to eat foods in the walk-in cooler in the deli/bakery area. The eggs were moved to the bottom shelf during this inspection.
  • Two plastic drawers filled with Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat cheese block ends, a time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk-in cooler in the deli bakery area, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. the discard dates for the individual cheese block ends was unable to be determined so the cheese was voluntarily discarded during this inspection.
  • The hand wash sink in the produce area is very slow to drain.
  • The exit door located in the dock area of the food facility has a gap (approx 1 inch) at the floor/door junction with visible light and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
  • The overhead door located in the dock area of the food facility has 3 gaps with visible light at the floor/door junction and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
  • Observed a build up of ice on the ceiling and shelving inside of the walk-in cooler containing boxes of bread, some of which are opened. The was ice build up on some of the boxes of bread products.
  • No wax declaration statement posted in the produce department.
  • The inside surfaces of the deli area microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.
  • The underside of the floor stand mixer arm, a food contact surface, was observed to have a build up of old dried food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The mixer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.
  • Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the door of the dairy walk-in cooler.
  • Thermometer for ensuring proper food temperatures is not functioning properly in the refrigeration unit containing cheesecakes.
  • Lack of a backflow prevention device on the water line at the mop sink.
  • Soap was not available at the handwash sink in the deli Bakery area. Soap was placed at the sink during this inspection. The auto soap dispense was also repaired during this inspection.
  • The floor under and around the fryer/stove area in the deli has a build up of grease/ food debris and mold like residue and is in need of cleaning.
  •  Food Employee was observed washing their hands at the 3 bay sink rather than the designated hand wash sink. The employee was instructed that they should use only the handwash sink to wash hands.
  • Observed sides of the fryer and cabinetry in the deli area, with encrusted grease and soil accumulation.
  • Observed the frame and beater guard of the floor stand mixer, in bakery area, with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces. The mixer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.
  • Exterior surfaces of the stove including the knobs with encrusted grease food residue and debris.
  • The mop sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

About The Author

Don Shaw

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