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

Milk, cheese and Peeled boiled potatoes tossed at Veach’s Street Luncheonette; restaurant blunders state inspection, 6 violations

Milk, cheese and Peeled boiled potatoes tossed at Veach’s Street Luncheonette; restaurant blunders state inspection, 6 violations

Hazleton, PA

 

Veach’s Twentieth St Luncheonette

922 North Alter St
Hazleton, PA 18201
570-454-9359

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 2, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Veach’s Twentieth St Luncheonette was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations.

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

  • Milk, cheese and Peeled boiled potatoes were held at 50 to 51 *F, in the reach in coca-cola refrigeration unit at the end of the cook line area. The owner voluntarily discarded these items during these inspections. The owner has agreed not to use this refrigeration u nit to store temperature control for safety foods until the unit is repaired or replaced and holding a temperature of 41*F or below.
  • Observed plastic shopping bags, and plastic storage containers in the hand wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing. Items were removed from the sink during this inspection.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Observed exterior surfaces of the stove, in food prep area, with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces. Some cleaning is noted, additional cleaning is needed.
  • Deli Slicer blade and blade guard, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Deli slicer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.
  • All inside surfaces of the microwave, food contact surfaces, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Microwave was cleaned and sanitized 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.

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Don Shaw

Don Shaw journalist covering local news for The Pennsylvania Chronicle (717) 461-2107 don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com