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Berks food safety inspections found a mold/dirt buildup at a slushy machine and several places with out-of-date milk for sale

Reading Eagle - 2/2/2024

Feb. 2—Berks County is divided into three jurisdictions: Reading, Muhlenberg Township and the rest of the county. Reading and Muhlenberg Township have their own food safety inspectors and the rest of the county is inspected by Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture inspectors.

The results will be posted every other week. All food vendors are inspected at least once a year. Other inspections can be triggered by a change of owner, a follow up if a facility had been out of compliance or by a complaint filed with the PDA.

View any vendor's last inspection report online. Click on the PDF version of the inspection report for all details.

If a food provider is labeled out of compliance, that means it has one or more violations that require a return visit by an inspector. The establishment is given time to fix the problem(s) and remains open for business.

Complaints can be filed online with the PDA.

Below are the results of inspections conducted between Jan. 17 and Jan. 30, 2024, that were filed in the state database as of Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Berks

Burger King #7166, 1197 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, Jan. 29: two violations. The ice chutes at the customer soda units, food contact surfaces, were observed to have residue and were not clean to sight and touch. Corrected. The floors in some areas of the kitchen have an accumulation of dirt, grease, and/or old food debris.

Subway #11418, 1193 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, Jan. 29: one violation. Food employee personal belongings (jackets, backpacks) observed on/with bottled drink storage in the kitchen area. Corrected.

Taco Bell #28527, 1199 A Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, Jan. 29: one violation. Observed clean food equipment in the 3-compartment sink area stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).

Third And Spruce Drafthaus, 238 S. Third Ave., West Reading, Jan. 29: no violations.

Wayback Burgers, 1181 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, Jan. 29: five violations. Food employee observed in front area wearing a watch on arm. Corrected. The milk container in the front milkshake area was observed to have dried food residue on the inner surface. Corrected. Observed old food debris/dried splash/dirt on some surfaces throughout the facility — some wall areas, temperature knobs on the hot hold unit at the front counter, and some surfaces of the soda unit. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view. A working container (spray bottle) of cleaner was stored hanging on the same shelf with clean food equipment in the back area. Corrected.

Bruno's Bakery, 740 Noble St., Kutztown, Jan. 26: no violations.

Burger King #30004, 8603 Lancaster Ave., Bethel, Jan. 26: no violations.

Deli Station, 845 B Woodland Road, Wyomissing, Jan. 26: one violation. Observed some food items still stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.

Domino's Pizza, 1 Penn Ave., Robesonia, Jan. 26: no violations.

Drover's Grind LLC, 2023 Main St., Centerport, Jan. 26: no violations.

Fleetwood Fire Social Quarters, Franklin & Washington, Fleetwood, Jan. 26: no violations.

Ruby Tuesday #2946, 1665 State Hill Road, Wyomissing, Jan. 26: no violations.

201 West Food & Spirits, 201 W. Lancaster Ave., Shillington, Jan. 25: two violations. Observed shelving equipment, in walk-in cooler area with rusted shelves and racks above prep table and an accumulation of dirt, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces. Also gasket on bar reach-in has a dirt buildup. Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil. Spilled food under shelves in walk-in cooler.

Blue Marsh Market, 118 W. Third St., Bernville, Jan. 25: one violation. Food Employee observed eating or tasting food in the pizza prep area. Corrected.

Holiday Inn Express, 2389 Bernville Road, Reading, Jan. 25: three violations. Observed boxes of various food stored directly on the floor in kitchen area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Food facility has an employee that has taken food safety training program; however, the food safety program was not an ANSI/CFP accredited Certified Food Manager program. Employees are signed up for class. Working containers in kitchen area, used for storing —chemicals, cleaners— taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical.

Rite Aid #3400, 420 N. Third St., Womelsdorf, Jan. 25: one violation. Out-of-date milk offered for sale in reach in cooler. Discarded.

Antonio's Trattoria, 1636 W. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, Jan. 24: two violations. Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli baine marie, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Food facility does not employ a certified food employee as required.

Aunt Nannie's Bake Shop, 913 Route 100, Bechtelsville, Jan. 24: no violations.

The Ironstone, 120 E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, Jan. 24: four violations. Hamburger patties in the Advantco Freezer stored open with no covering. Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils on the stainless steel rack next to the ice machine, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting). The hot water handle is loose on the kitchen handwash sink. Old food spillage observed in the walk in cooler and freezer floors.

The Other Farm And Forge, 128 E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, Jan. 24: two violations. Old food residue, dishes and utensils observed in the handwash sink, indicating uses other than handwashing. There is a leak at the drain at the handwash sink in the prep kitchen. There is a leak in the right side compartment of the three-bay sink in the wash room.

Twilight Acres LLC, 75 Main St. Rear, Womelsdorf, Jan. 24: two violations. Observed boxes of eggs stored directly on the floor in walk in cooler area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Food facility is using an approved non-public water system, but does not have current laboratory testing results for water potability.

Womelsdorf Beverage, 440 N. Third St., Womelsdorf, Jan. 24: no violations.

Wyomissing Fitness & Training, 950 Woodland Road, Wyomissing, Jan. 24: no violations.

New York Bagelry, 2720 Penn Ave., West Lawn, Jan. 23: three violations. Observed deeply scored, peeling cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Discarded. Ice deflector shield in kitchen ice maker has a lime residue buildup around shield. Also customer soda fountain dispensing nozzle and ice chute/splash guard area has a residue buildup and must be cleaned more frequently. Some air vents in ceiling areas of the food facility are dusty and in need of cleaning.

West Lawn Beverage Company, 2330 Penn Ave., West Lawn, Jan. 23: one violation. Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil. Some slushy machines have a mold/dirt build up around crevices under the dispenser/spout area.

Wonderful House Chinese Restaurant, 4301 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring, Jan. 23: two violations. Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in warewashing area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting). Corrected. Rear door located in the kitchen area of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Casa De Empanada, 9 E. Main St., Kutztown, Jan. 19: no violations.

61 Brew Thru, 5479 Pottsville Pike Suite 700 , Leesport, Jan. 18: no violations.

Birdsboro Memorial Vfw Post #411, 321 E. Main St., Birdsboro, Jan. 18: no violations.

Camillo's Italian Restaurant, 264 Greenwich St., Kutztown, Jan. 18: two violations. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration at the dishwasher or 3-compartment sink. Working containers (spray bottles) of cleaner / sanitizer were stored hanging on the same shelf with food in the kitchen area. Corrected.

Jade Garden, 450 W. Lancaster Ave., Shillington, Jan. 18: four violations. Trays of food in the walk-in freezer area stored open with no covering. Food prep sinks, faucet handles are dirty and have old food residue on surfaces and must be cleaned more frequently. Food facility is reusing deli container equipment / utensil, which is intended to be a single-service or single-use article. Single use container being used as a food dispensing utensil in bins of flour in the kitchen. Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil. Bottom of bain marie has spilled food debris and must be cleaned more frequently. Also prep table legs/shelves, shelf under rice cooker have a food debris/splash buildup, cob webs etc. and must be cleaned. Observed hood filter equipment, in cook line area, with an accumulation of dripping grease.

Market Basket Produce, 16455 Pottsville Pike, Hamburg, Jan. 18: four violations. Refrigerated ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 24 hours, located in the reach in refrigerators, is not being date marked. Prepackaged deli salads are not all datemarked and also sliced lunchmeats in deli counter. This is a repeat violation. Food facility does not have available chlorine sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Observed deli case equipment, in kitchen area, with an accumulation of food residue, debris on bottom of display shelf area a non-food contact surface. Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid.

Mountain Springs Campground Store, 3450 Mountain Road, Hamburg, Jan. 18: no violations.

Sal's Pizza Style, 401 E. First St., Birdsboro, Jan. 18: no violations.

Barley Mow Craft Beer House, 719 Penn Ave., West Reading, Jan. 17: one violation. Observed a few food bins stored directly on the floor in the walk-in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Corrected immediately.

Bethel Food Shop, 8558 Lancaster Ave., Bethel, Jan. 17: one violation. Out-of-date milk offered for sale in reach in refrigerator case. Removed.

Chipotle Mexican Grill #5028, 5411 Perkomen Ave., Reading, Jan. 17: no violations.

Friendly Stops 2 Inc, 159 W. Penn Ave., Robesonia, Jan. 17: no violations.

Michelangelo's Pizzeria, 500 Penn Ave., West Reading, Jan. 17: three violations. A utility sink or curbed cleaning facility with a floor drain is not provided in the food facility. The mop sink has been removed from the closet in the restroom. Owner stated that a utility sink has been ordered. Several floor tiles in the back area are cracked and are no longer easily cleanable. Also, some floor tiles under the equipment in the front area are damaged/missing. The outer door located in the restroom of the food facility still has a gap at the bottom and does not protect against the entry of pests.

Midway Exxon & Food Mart, 321 Midway Road, Bethel, Jan. 17: three violations. Foil wrapped hinges in ice machine are peeling and flaking and could contaminate ice that is bagged for sale in store. Observed consumer self-service display of hot dogs without sneeze guards or other effective protection. Premade hot chicken food was held at 120°F, in the Hot case area, rather than 135°F or above as required. Corrected.

Midway Truck Wash & Fuel Stop, 351 Midway Road, Bethel, Jan. 17: two violations. Hot dog roller food in the counter area stored open with no covering. Hot dog roller needs the sneeze guard cover. Ice bags do not have source of store-bagged ice listed on bags. Sign placed on door until labels are made THIS IS A REPEAT VIOLATION.

Works At Wyomissing & Building 24 & Slick's Cafe, 1109 Bern Road, Wyomissing, Jan. 17: six violations. Ice scoops are stored directly on top of both the small and large ice machines. These are not clean surfaces. One of the soda guns at the side bar in the Building 24 area, a food contact surface, was observed to have residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Corrected. These areas have an accumulation of dirt/debris: the floor near the fryers in Slick's Cafe and the floor drains in the Works bar area. Plumbing system not maintained in good repair — the drain line for one of the handwash sinks in the Works kitchen preparation area is leaking. This needs to be repaired, as this is the handwash sink used by employees working at the cooking line. The floor is damaged/deteriorated near a floor drain in the main kitchen area (in the server area in front of the cooking line). Ceiling tile missing in front of the hood in the Works kitchen needs to be replaced. Wall around the mop sink is damaged and is in need of repair. There are also gaps between the sink itself and the wall, which should be sealed.

Muhlenberg Township

Laureldale Nursing & Rehabilitation, 2125 Elizabeth Ave., Jan. 28: four violations. Metal food transport carts (tray delivery) are soiled. Ice machine dispensing/chute area soiled. Hot pads heavily soiled — adequate supply should be available for daily or per meal clean rotation. Fan guard in dish room has dust build-up. Observed no chemical sanitizer being used on equipment and utensils after washing and rinsing them, and prior to use. Ceiling vent in dish room — has peeling paint.

Reading

Reading High School Cafeteria, 801 N. 13th St., Jan. 22: no violations.

Reading High School Commissary Kitchen, 801 N. 13th St., Jan. 22: no violations.

UPDATES

The following reports for the period of Jan. 3 to Jan. 16, 2024, were added to the state's database after Jan. 18 and did not appear in the previous Berks food safety report.

Berks

Dream Garden, 3564 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring, Jan. 11: two violations. Observed prep table equipment, in kitchen area, with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces. Hand sink faucets and sinks are dirty and must be cleaned. Shelves of prep tables also have dirt/flour/cornstarch build up and must be cleaned more frequently. Indoor storage area for trash/boxes is not separate from food or equipment, or utensils and presents a cross-contamination hazard. Old chicken boxes stacked in kitchen. Kitchen is cluttered with old containers and boxes.

Edible Arrangements #1269, 3564 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring, Jan. 11: no violations.

Sprecher's Meats, 3024 Penn Ave., West Lawn, Jan. 11: three violations. Due to a defrost cycle malfunction in walk in freezer all meats in freezer were adulterated with sprinkler water and extreme temperatures and must be discarded. Frozen meats were thawed held above 41°F or below as required for an unknown amount of time and must be discarded. Flooring in walk in freezer area is made of wood/linoleum and is saturated with water/ roughened and is not a smooth, easily cleanable surface that must be repaired to be smooth, non- porous and non absorbent.

Dunkin Donuts #357079, 3124 Pricetown Road, Fleetwood, Jan. 10: one violation. Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the front area. Corrected.

Giant Food Store #6446, 4655 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, Jan. 10: no violations.

Navas La Terraza, 1600 Elizabeth Ave., Reading, Jan. 10: no violations.

Quick Mart #1, 850 Golden Drive Suite 18 , Blandon, Jan. 10: no violations.

Winedown Cafe & Wine Bar, 622 Penn Ave., West Reading, Jan. 9: no violations.

E-Z Shoppe, 44 E Lancaster Ave., Shillington, Jan. 9: no violations.

Longhorn Steakhouse #5467, 1085 Woodland Road, Wyomissing, Jan. 9: seven violations. Scoop being stored in the ice machine with handle touching and/or buried beneath the ice at the server's station by the bar. Corrected. Thermometer for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in the small dessert refrigerator. Corrected. Observed four deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Corrected. Soda dispensing gun at the server's station by the bar, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Corrected. Observed soda dispenser wand holders (2), at the server's station by the bar area, with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces. Corrected. Observed the refrigerator under the coffee area and the refrigerator by the grill on the cookline, with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces. Corrected. Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in the ware washing area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting). Corrected. Plumbing system not maintained in good repair — observed the ware washing pre-rinse faucet leaking at the connection point below the sink.

Redner's Fresh Market #77, 1149 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, Jan. 9: three violations. The interior of the ice cart, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Corrected. Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and residue. The non-food contact portions of the produce case observed to have a build up of old food and a mold-like residue on the non-food contact surfaces. Mops are not being hung to air dry in the bakery. Corrected.

Sheetz #293, 5515 Pottsville Pike, Leesport, Jan. 9: no violations.

Sushi With Gusto At Redner's #77, 1149 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, Jan. 8: no violations.

Friendship Fire Co #1 Social Quarters, 214 W. First St., Birdsboro, Jan. 8: no violations.

Reading

Glenside Elementary School, 1401 Schuylkill Ave., Jan. 11: no violations.

Glenside Magnet School, 501 Lackawanna St., Jan. 11: no violations.

Northwest Elementary School, 820 Clinton St., Jan. 11: no violations.

Northwest Middle School, 1000 N. Front St., Jan. 11: no violations.

Riverside Elementary School, 1400 Centre Ave., Jan. 11: no violations.

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