By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

Deli slicer not clean, no sanitizer test strips, Marcos Pizza in Lansford bumbles restaurant inspection, 8 violations, and also blocks customer reviews on Facebook

Deli slicer not clean, no sanitizer test strips, Marcos Pizza in Lansford bumbles restaurant inspection, 8 violations, and also blocks customer reviews on Facebook

Lansford, PA

Marco’s Pizza in Lansford

10 W Ridge ST
Lansford, PA 18232
(570) 645-5617

UPDATE: October 11, 2019, 8:23PM- Marco’s Pizza unblocked the review option on Facebook. As this update is completed the last review occurred on December 31, 2018. There are 50 reviews with an average of 3.9 of 5 stars.

(Editors note: The Pennsylvania Chronicle page you are reading has had several thousand views in the last 24 hours. It’s possible readers contacted the business but we have no information to suggest this story contributed to the change)

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 7, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Marco’s Pizza in Lansford was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 8 violations were found.

The restaurant blocks customers from reviewing the pizzeria on Facebook. Blocking reviews is an option available to administrators of business pages. The restaurant scores 3.5 of 5 stars on Yelp.

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

  • Person in charge is not monitoring the facility closely enough to fully comply with the PA Food Code.
  • Food employees observed in the kitchen area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers.
  • Deli slicer, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Slicer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.
  • Food facility does not have available chlorine sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration
  • A Food Employee was observed washing their hands at the 3 bay sink rather than the designated hand wash sink. Facility needs to add a hand wash sink in the kitchen area.
  • 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. Facility will start using a log for pizza ASAP.
  • Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the Baine Marie, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Deli meat and cheeses were date marked during this inspection.
  • Black dust collecting on fan guards inside 3-door True refrigerator. Fan guards were cleaned during this inspection.



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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.