By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

21 violations, Ming Garden in East Stroudsburg blows state restaurant inspection, old (dead) insects in the light fixtures

21 violations, Ming Garden in East Stroudsburg blows state restaurant inspection, old (dead) insects in the light fixtures

East Stroudsburg, PA;


Ming Garden III in East Stroudsburg

570-223-8800The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on September 27, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Ming Garden II was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. A total of 21 violations were cited at the end of this inspection.

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 food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Observed old (dead) insects in lighting fixtures above food prep area in need of more frequent cleaning.
  • Food utensils in bulk food supplies observed dirty with substances other than the food in which they were stored.
  • Freezer top being used as a food contact surface, was observed to have old food residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • Foods observed stored in cardboard boxes without a liner without adequate separation to prevent contamination.
  • Cigarettes, cigarette butts, ashtray container with stagnate water found on the food storage shelf above freezer and on floor by food storage in the back storage area during the inspection.
  • Old food residue, dishes and utensils observed in the hand wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing.
  • The handwash sink in the kitchen area was blocked by sitting stool and not accessible at all times for employee use.
  • Observed knife sharpener stone/block, in prep sink area, with an accumulation of dirt, food residue and debris on non-food contact surfaces.
  • Food Employee observed changing tasks that may have contaminated hands without a proper hand wash in-between.
  • Observed food unprotected in back storage area and on work table adjacent to ware wash station which is subject to potential contamination.
  • Hot sour soup was held at 115 °F, in the hot hold table area, rather than 135°F or above as required. PIC stated foods were placed in hot table within past 2 hours. Foods were reheated above 165*F during this inspection for corrective action.
  • Floors walls and storage shelving area of the food facility is extremely dirty, dusty, and in need of cleaning.
  • Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil throughout the facility. Bane marie cover/lids, storage shelving units, walk-in cooler condenser unit, Bulk food storage racks all observed with a build up of static dust and old food residue in need of cleaning.
  • Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to control ready to eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food.
  • Single service egg carton separation trays being used in facility for uses other than their single use intention of egg storage.
  • Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats.
  • Observed wet wiping cloths in front cook line area, not being stored in sanitizer solution.
  • Severely dented, distressed canned items observed in storage area are and intended for use in the food facility. Canned items were removed for return credit and shall not be used in the food facility.
  • Hood system is not adequate to remove heat and/or grease, as evidenced by condensate and/or grease collecting on the walls, ceilings, and fixtures.
  • Cooked chicken observed stored in Raw chicken shipping container.
  • Common bowl no handles observed stored in bulk food storage containers.
  • Manual ware wash sinks observed with build up of food residue and not cleaned before use, and frequently throughout the day. Manual ware wash sink used for raw food preparation not cleaned and sanitized before being used for ware washing.
  • Hand washing sinks and toilets are not being cleaned as often as necessary to keep them clean.



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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.