The Freeland Diner in Freeland, PA catches 11 violations following state retail food safety inspection, 11 violations, old food residue on the post can opener blade

The Freeland Diner in Freeland, PA catches 11 violations following state retail food safety inspection, 11 violations, old food residue on the post can opener blade

Freeland, PA

Retail Food Inspection Report Conducted August 22, 2019

FREELAND DINER

1505 South ST
Freeland, PA 18224
(570) 636-1708

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted a retail food inspection at the Freeland Diner in Freeland, Luzerne County finding eleven violations resulting in the restaurant being, “out of compliance” with Pennsylvania regulations for restaurants.

The inspector made the following observations during this, generally, annual unannounced inspection:

  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Gaskets on drawer refrigeration unit are deteriorating and need to be replaced.
  • Soda nozzles observed with a build up of syrup and black residue.
  • Observed a build up of old food residue on the post can opener blade.
  • Food in the walk in cooler stored open with no covering.
  • Raw seafood items stored above RTE (ready to eat) foods in the walk in cooler.
  • Observed chicken, tuna, coleslaw and sour cream held between 52-58 °F, in the Bain Marie units, rather than 41°F or below as required. Foods were discarded.
  • Mechanical ware washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside.
  • Observed employee beverage stored in the ice machine.
  • Build up of old food residue on the non-food contact areas of the deli slicer.
  • Food residue build up on the back edge of the bain marie.
  • Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers.
  • Observed sanitizer concentration levels in cloth storage buckets to be 0ppm. Buckets were refilled to appropriate levels.
  • Single-service, single-use articles stored in storage area directly on the floor, and not 6 inches above the floor.

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