Haystacks Restaurant and Catering in Wilkes-Barre fails food safety inspection, dead mouse found, “too numerous to count rodent like droppings”

Haystacks Restaurant and Catering in Wilkes-Barre fails food safety inspection, dead mouse found, “too numerous to count rodent like droppings”

 

Haystacks Restaurant & Catering retail food inspection conducted on September 5, 2019, following complaint

116 WILKES BARRE TWP BLVD
WILKES BARRE, PA 18702
570-822-0148

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services received a complaint causing authorities to visit the restaurant to follow up on the concerns raised in that complaint. As a result the family eatery was determined to be, “out of compliance” with state food safety regulations.

During the inspection 3 violations were found, all relating to the presence of rodents in the restaurant with the inspector stating:

  • Observed 1 dead mouse under equipment in the prep area.
  • Receiving door located in the back area of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
  • Observed too numerous to count rodent like droppings throughout the prep and storage areas of the facility.

Haystacks Restaurant and Catering has an unusual number of negative inspections from the state. On July 2, 2019, a regular unannounced inspection also resulted in the restaurant being found, “out of compliance” The presence of vermin was also noted, “Observed too numerous to count rodent like droppings in multiple areas” along with 7 other violations.

A regular inspection on November 18, 2018, found, “Observed too numerous to count rodent like droppings along walls and under equipment in multiple areas” with the restaurant being found out of compliance. The year before on November 28, 2017, the same result was found with the inspector noting, “Observed too numerous to count old rodent like droppings along walls in storage and ware wash area.”

With stepped up enforcement due to the conditions found, the restaurant has racked up a total of 43 violations since November 28, 2017.

 

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