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

Five Star 2 Chinese Restaurant in MT Pocono fails 2nd straight retail food inspection- Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety

Five Star 2 Chinese Restaurant in MT Pocono fails 2nd straight retail food inspection- Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety

 

Retail Food Inspection Report Conducted August 9, 2019

FIVE STAR II CHINESE RESTAURANT

180 Sterling RD
MOUNT POCONO, PA 18344
(570) 838-5955

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services visited the Five Star II Chinese Restaurant in Mount Pocono on August 9, 2019, determining the restaurant was not in compliance with food safety regulations enforced by the bureau for the second straight year during an annual visit.

15 violations were cited.

During this most recent inspection the following observations were made by the inspector:

  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Non-food contact surfaces of bane marie refrigerated unit and food storage bins not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil.
  • Single service egg carton separation trays observed in contact with food contact counters and strainers with food with potential to contaminate foods.
  • Observed cooked chicken being stored in raw chicken shipping cartons designed for single use with potential to contaminate foods. Chicken was reheated above 165*F during this inspection before being cooled for proper storage.
  • Several open bulk foods were observed with dirty and debris and contaminated. Foods were voluntarily disposed of and storage cleaned at the time of this inspection.
  • Rice, was not cooled from 135°F to 70°F in 2 hours and/or from 135°F to 41°F within 6 hours, after preparation. Rice was voluntarily disposed of at the time of this inspection.
  • Old food residue observed in the handwash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing.
  • Soap was not available at the handwash sink in the employee restroom.
  • Observed build up of static dust and grease on internal surfaces of hood ventilation system above cook line in need of more frequent cleaning.
  • Manual ware washing equipment observed with build up of filth and food residue and not cleaned before use, and frequently throughout the day.
  • Bulk food ingredient storage containers, in the kitchen area, are not labeled with the common name of the food.
  • In-use knives stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Knife was washed rinsed and sanitized at the time of this inspection.
  • Common bowls no handles stored directly in bulk food storage containers.
  • Observed several bulk ingredient foods stored in unclean containers and not covered or protected from contamination from the facility.
  • Frozen fish observed thawing in standing water near the ware wash sink, which is not an approved thawing method. Fish was moved to Walk-in cooler for continued thawing.
  • Cooked rice cooling at room temperature on the left side cook line, which is not a proper cooling method.
  • Interior surfaces of chest ice freezer cracked, broken with chipping insulation with potential to contaminate foods, in need or repair or replacement.

 

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