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

Food-contact surface was observed to have mold-like, food residue, Valley Pizza and Subs in Benton hit with 7 violations, fails state inspection

Food-contact surface was observed to have mold-like, food residue, Valley Pizza and Subs in Benton hit with 7 violations, fails state inspection

Benton, PA

 

Valley Pizza and Subs

RTE 487 MAIN ST
BENTON, PA 17814
570-925-5544
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 1, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Valley Pizza and Subs in Benton was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. The state cited 7 violations.

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

  • Cigarettes and lighter found on the rear shelving in the preparation area during the inspection.
  • Dough and baking pans observed with old food waste residue.
  • Walk-in cooler (ceiling, walls, shelving, and floor) area of the food facility is extremely dirty, mold-like substance accumulations, and in need of cleaning.
  • Floor area of the food facility is extremely dirty and in need of cleaning.
  • Hood area (to include surrounding wall) of the food facility is extremely dirty, heavy grease accumulations, and in need of cleaning.
  • Cardboard covering shelving in walk-in cooler, a food-contact surface, was observed to have mold-like, food residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • Food employee observed in preparation area, not wearing proper hair restraint, such as net or has.
  • Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid.
  • Dirty cleaning water being disposed of in 3 compartment ware washing sink.

 

 

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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