Brother Bruno’s Pizza in Mt Pocono, Monroe County, racks up food code 13 violations; -Deli meat slicer has old food residue on blade

Brother Bruno’s Pizza in Mt Pocono, Monroe County, racks up food code 13 violations; -Deli meat slicer has old food residue on blade

Mt Pocono, PA


Retail Food Inspection Report Conducted March 20, 2019

3236 SR 940 STE 115
(570) 839-6477

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services performed an unannounced food retail inspection at Brother Bruno’s Pizza in Mt Pocono on March 20, 2019, finding the restaurant, “out of compliance” along with 13 violations of the Pennsylvania Food Code.

While, “in compliance” following inspections in March 2018 and March 2017 the number of violations, seven and five respectively, both required a follow-up inspection both years.

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found in this most recent visit:

  • The Person in Charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Ham and cooked vegetables were held at a temperature range of 47-50 °F, in the cook line bane marie and refrigerator unit, rather than 41°F or below as required. Foods were voluntarily disposed of at the time of this inspection.
  • Raw chicken and juices stored on tray with RTE meatballs in reach in freezer with no barriers to prevent cross-contamination
  • Several raw animal foods were stored above ready to eat foods in the walk-in cooler.
  • Common bowl no handle observed stored in bulk sugar and bulk salt containers.
  • Cook line bane marie refrigerated unit not able to maintain Time Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) foods at or below 41*F as required.
  • 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.
  • Thermometers for ensuring proper food temperatures are not calibrated and/or functioning properly.
  • Food facility is reusing plastic food storage bottles, which are intended to be a single-service or single-use article.
  • Cigarette butts and ashes found on the chest freezer sliding window door in the outdoor storage area during the inspection.
  • Microwave oven on cook line observed chipping paint and in need of repair of replace.
  • Deli meat slicer, a food contact surface, was observed to have old food residue on blade, guide and guard and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.
  • Ceiling tiles observed with severe water stains in kitchen food prep area, and need replaced. 



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