Editor’s Note: This article contains a correction to the original story about the Burger King in Jefferson Township. While The Pennsylvania Chronicle inaccurately reported the restaurant was “out of compliance” for its overall inspection report in 2017 and 2018 the restaurant, nonetheless, did receive violations both years. The inspectors comments for those violations appear here from both years word for word as stated by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture inspector without.
This morning the Pennsylvania Chronicle received a telephone from someone alleging to be the manager of the Burger King in Jefferson Township complaining about the article written on January 19, 2019 about the restaurant failing its Department of Agriculture Retail Food Inspection on January 18, 2019.
The manager, who at first refused to identify herself other than by her first name, Michelle Putman complained of “lies” reporting by the Pennsylvania Chronicle regarding the 2017 and 2018 inspections of the restaurant. Putnam said she was the manager for all three inspections.
The manager refused to answer questions asking how the situation occurred in the first place with the restaurant run by management with experience “passing” Department of Agriculture Inspections. The response was, “it’s fair” to report the current 10 violations and comments from the inspector but, Putnam refused to address the current situation in the restaurant.
Putman refused to discuss the current violations, repeatedly, saying, “I did not call about the current violations”even when specifically challenged about the inspector’s comment that the restaurant had, “Old food residue and dirt on children’s high chairs” when she was asked to speak to parents placing children into high chairs with old food residue.
When pressed Putnam hung up saying, “I’m going to have someone else call you.”
To be fair Putnam has a point. The previous two inspections were inaccurately reported as “Out of compliance.” Overall the restaurant was in compliance but failed to meet specific regulations governing restaurants in Pennsylvania
The violations for the previous two years specifically quoted from the inspectors notes were:
In the inspection January 22, 2018 the restaurant passed the over all inspection but was found to have violated the a regulation and was cited for, “Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available in the baine marie by the kitchen entrance.”
The January 17, 2017 inspection found 4 violations, as follows:
- An uncapped, unlabeled plastic bottle, of water, is on the prep table adjacent to the prep line. The bottle was emptied and placed in the equipment sink. The manager stated that the bottle will be labeled.
- Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available in the Silver King refrigerator, under the front counter, and the baine marie, adjacent to the frozen dessert machine. A thermometer was placed in the Silver King refrigerator. (note above a similar violation occurs in 2018 although a different piece of equipment)
- Old product and lubricant in the right side drip tray in the frozen dessert machine; and old product in the left side and front drip trays
- Paper littering the floor, and under the storage shelves, in the walk-in freezer