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

Inspector hits Ashland Diner in Schuylkill County with 16 violations; “cleaned/sanitized utensils” stored directly on ground

Inspector hits Ashland Diner in Schuylkill County with 16 violations; “cleaned/sanitized utensils”  stored directly on ground

Ashland, PA

Ashland Diner

321 Gordon RD
Ashland, PA 17921
570-875-3036

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/24/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Ashland Diner was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 16 violations were found.

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

  • Observed cleaned/sanitized utensils (large baking sheets) stored directly on ground below lower dish wash unit area shelving storage racks. Items to be re-washed, rinse, and sanitized before re-use.
  • Facility does not have on hand chlorine or quaternary ammonium test strips used to determine adequate sanitizer concentrations.
  • The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.
  • Outdoor refuse container was observed to have presence of old food debris/spill and litter/trash on embankment behind unit.
  • Observed old potatoes wrapped in foil to be soft and spoiled to touch. Items discarded at time of inspection. *Corrected*
  • Observed numerous pots, pans, and dishes stored directly inside hand wash sink of main grill area. *Corrected*
  • Hand wash sink located at front food service area was observed to be blocked by a bucket of sanitizer (stored directly inside sink). *Corrected*
  • -Observed an extended portion of pipe located on drain line of front service area hand wash sink to sloped upward and creating back flow into a portion of dead legged plumbing (extra PVC elbowed upwards as visible upon hand wash).
  • Outdoor areas of rear of facility were observed to have heaps of old unused equipment and storage of other extraneous debris.
  • Observed old bacon stored directly on top of an egg flat located on shelving unit below steam table. Item was voluntarily discarded during time of inspection. *Corrected*
  • Container of raw sausage stored directly on top of and in contact with a container or ready to eat potatoes located inside 2-door grill area cooler. *Corrected*
  • Observed numerous foods located in 2-door cooler, stand-up freezer, and lower portion of Bain-Marie cooling unit stored open, without covering. *Corrected*
  • Observed container of raw steaks and egg wash stored directly above a container of ready to eat food located inside lower portion of Bain-Marie cooling unit. *Corrected*
  • Container of peeled onions and 3 ingredient containers stored directly on ground and not 6-inches or greater above as required. *Corrected*
  • Observed a bag of onions stored directly on ground located inside outdoor storage shed. *Corrected*
  • Prepared, ready to eat foods requiring refrigeration, prepared in facility and stored without date mark system.
  • Observed two table-top deep-fry units placed directly on top of inverted guers milk crates located below right side of main grill area. These surfaces were observed to be heavily soiled in grease with grease spill pooling below units.
  • Bottom surfaces of 2-door freezer of outdoor storage area were observed to have presence of old food debris and evidence/presence of raw meat fluids.
  • Hand wash sink cold water valve (located at front food preparation area) was observed to be turned to the “off” position during time of inspection without cold water supply present for hand wash. Valve turned to the “run” position with restoration of cold water to provide adequate hot/cold water temperature for hand wash. *Corrected*
  • The Person in Charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of the PA Food Code as evident by the violations observed in this inspection report.
  • Fixtures on and sorrounding hood filters are observed to be developing grease drip and/or grease accumulations.

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