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3 Phoenixville Businesses Out of Compliance, Health Dept. Reports

Mr. China, Primo Hoagies and The Friendship Fire Co. didn't pass.

The following Phoenixville businesses were inspected by the Chester County Health Department in the month of February. An important caveat: the language of these reports can be misleading, as they often describe potential problems as actual problems. For example, “presence of rodents/insects” could mean there's an infestation, or it might just mean the business in question left a back door open—which could lead to an infestation. 

The results of each of the state's 2013 health inspections are available here.

Chartwells at Barkley Elementary School

Date of Inspection: 2/14/2013

Result: In Compliance

(This was a follow-up inspection. Chartwells at Barkley Elementary School was originally inspected on January 16 and found to be out of compliance with code. See that inspection report here.)

The Fisherman Restaurant

440 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville

Date of Inspection: 2/14/2013

Result: In Compliance

(This was a follow-up inspection. The Fisherman Restaurant was originally inspected on January 30 and found to be out of compliance with code. See that inspection report below.)

Violations:

  • Food Shall Be Safe, Unadulterated & Honestly Presented

Can of whipped cream observed in front display that was out of date. Dairy products shall be sold by the sell-by coding indicated on the packaging; product removed from display during inspection. Liquid milk products may be served or used in the preparation of foods in the facility up to seven days after the sell-by coding.

  • Preventing Contamination from Food Employees' Hands

Employee observed assembling hamburger with bare hands; roll, toppings and hamburger touched with bare hands. Food service workers must use gloves or utensils when handling ready-to-eat foods.

  • Consumer Advisory for Raw or Undercooked Animal-Derived Food

Eggs are cooked to order (i.e., under cooked to the customer's request); however, a written consumer advisory (on the menu, table tent, or placard) is not provided to the consumer. See provided handout.

  • Materials in Multiuse Utensils & Food-Contact Surfaces

Repeat violation: Prepared foods were observed being stored in resumed single-use containers, some of which were observed damaged. Pursuant to Food Code §46.501, all food service equipment must be commercial-grade units with listings from agencies that are certified with the American National Standards Institute. These agencies include the National Sanitation Foundation, ETL, UL (sanitation), or any other equivalent agency.

  • Frequency of Cleaning Nonfood-Contact Surfaces

The following locations need cleaning: a. male restroom; and b. under equipment throughout kitchen.

  • Handwashing Facility - Handwash Cleanser, Hand Drying, Signage, Handwash Aids or Devices Use Restriction

No individual paper towels or equivalent provided in the male restroom. Correct immediately.

Friendship Fire Company No. 2

Date of Inspection: 2/14/2013

Result: Out of Compliance

Violations:

  • Eating, Drinking or Using Tobacco

Ash tray with two cigarette butts observed in the kitchen. Smoking is not permitted in the kitchen, food preparation areas, equipment storage areas, warewashing areas, etc. Remove the ash tray immediately.

  • Food Shall Be Safe, Unadulterated & Honestly Presented

The following spoiled foods were observed: a. two 14 ounce containers of milk dated for sale by 6.15.12; b. cocktail sauce dated for sale by 12.31.12; c. tartar sauce dated for sale by 9.7.12; d. mayonnaise dated for sale by 8.13.12; e. ranch dip dated for sale by 1.20.13; f. cheese dated for sale by 1.12.13, 9.14.09; g. creamer dated for sale by 1.6.13; h. container of dried out ketchup; i. dressing 5.16.12, 5.11.11; j. mustard 5.11.11; k. potato salad 11.11.12; l. quart of milk dated for sale by 11.27.12; and m. half gallon of milk dated for sale by 12.24.12. Discard the above noted product and any other spoiled foods immediately. Liquid milk products may be served or used in the preparation of foods in the facility up to seven days after the sell-by coding.

  • Preventing Contamination from Food Employees' Hands

No single-use gloves provided. Provide a box of gloves by 12:00 pm tomorrow or prior to your first food service event, whichever comes first.

  • Date Marking of Ready-to-Eat Potentially Hazardous Foods

Zeps are reportedly prepared at Foresta's Market and brought the facility every Saturday. The sandwiches need to be properly labeled; refer to the provided Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Food Safey & Laboratory Services "Guidance for Labeling of Foods at Retail Establishments". Pursuant to 46.385(b)(1), potentially hazardous foods held on site for more than 48 hours shall label the foods for the date the product was prepared or date the product shall be sold, consumed or discarded.

  • Sanitizing Solution Testing Device Provided & Used

No quaternary test kit (QT-10) provided where Steramine is used at the three compartment sink at the bar (chlorine test kit provided).

  • Storing Clean Items

Single-service cups, lids and take-out containers stored on the floor in the kitchen. These items are required to be stored at least 6 inches off the floor.

  • Light Bulb Protective Shielding

Repeat Violation: three fluorescent light tubes are missing protective end caps in the kitchen. Light bulbs in use in a food facility shall be shielded, coated or otherwise shatter-resistant in areas where there is exposed food; clean equipment, utensils and linens; or unwrapped single-service and single-use articles

Hong Kong Chef

701 Nutt Road, Phoenixville

Result: In Compliance

Date of Inspection: 2/1/2013

(This was a follow-up Inspection. Hong Kong Chef was originally inspected on January 14 and found to be out of compliance with code. See that inspection report here.)

Mr. China

785 Starr Street

Date of Inspection: 2/14/2013

Result: Out of Compliance

Violations:

  • Frequency of Cleaning Nonfood-Contact Surfaces

The following locations need cleaning: a. behind the Coca Cola refrigerator; b. the base and door tracks at the Coca Cola refrigerator; c. under the fryers; d. at the mop sink; e. under the sinks (including piping and indirect connection); f. racks above the sinks; and g. around the hot water heater. Correct by 12:00 pm on February 15, 2013.

  • Operation & Maintenance of Storage Areas, Redeeming Machines, Waste Receptacles & Waste Handling Units

The ground near the grease drums outside the back door needs cleaning. In addition, the grease coated containers must be securely stored and/or thoroughly cleaned between uses (current grease transfer containers voluntarily discarded during the inspection). These cannot be placed outside the back door for storage between uses in the condition observed, as this has the potential to attract insects and rodents to the facility. Storing the containers in a lidded trashcan would be acceptable. Provide cleaning of this area and a permanent solution to this reoccurring problem by 12:00 pm on February 15, 2013.

Primo Hoagies

700 Nutt Road, Phoenixville

Date of Inspection: 2/1/2013

Result: Out of Compliance

Violations:

  • Handwashing

Food Employee observed donning single use gloves without a prior hand wash. Refer to handout for handwashing requirements.

  • Food Storage Requirements & Prohibited Areas

Observed two boxes of lettuce on the floor in the walk-in refrigerator and two boxes of rolls on the floor in the walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.

  • Handling Clean Single-Service & Single-Use Articles

Forks and spoons have handles oriented in varying directions. Single-use items that are not pre-wrapped shall be presented so that only the handles are touched by employees and by consumers if consumer self-service is provided.

  • Plumbing Facilities in Good Repair, Cross Connection Prohibited, Scheduled Inspections, Cleaning Water Reservoirs

When the three compartment sink was drained, the indirect connection under the sink overflowed onto the floor. Correct by cleaning the waste lines/grease trap or hard pipe to prevent overflows (indirect connection not required for three compartment sink). Ensure that each compartment is drained slowly in the meantime to prevent overflows.

  • Certified Food Manager

No CCHD Certified Food Manager certificate is displayed at the facility for a full-time employee. A course listing of CCHD-affiliated teaching centers is being provided with this report. CCHD Code §303.1 and §303.2 The certificate issued to the Certified Food Manager by the Licensor shall be posted in view of the consumer in the food facility in which the Certified Food Manager is employed and working as a regular, full-time position. If an existing employee is to become certified, the employee must choose one of the following two methods to obtain certification: Approved Course: An employee must first enroll in an approved course in food handling. Proof of this enrollment must be given to this Department within twenty days of receipt of this notice. Coursework must be successfully completed and an application for certification submitted within ninety days of receipt of this notice. Please see the list of courses (and additional CCHD CFM information) online at www.chesco.org/food under the Certified Food Manager heading. Reciprocity: The Department will consider granting certification to an employee who has recently had formal training in a program having similar curricula to that of the certification course(s) approved by this Department. The employee must submit the necessary information for review within twenty days of receipt of this notice, and if approved, must submit an application for certification within ninety days or receipt of this notice. For more information on this option, please request a copy of the Reciprocity Requirements for the Food Service Manager/Operators Certification Program. A new employee, already certified as a CCHD CFM may be hired provided the individual is employed within ten days of receipt of this notice, and provided that the individual hired begins work in this Public Food Service Facility within ninety days of receipt of this notice.

Starr Diner

788 Starr Street, Phoenixville

Date of Inspection: 2/14/2013

Result: In Compliance

Violations:

  • Poisonous or Toxic Substance Original Containers Display Identifying Information

Two chemical spray bottles in the mop room unlabeled, two chemical spray bottles at the wait staff area unlabeled and one spray bottle in each of the two restrooms unlabeled. Corrected on-site; maintain compliance.

  • Frequency of Cleaning Nonfood-Contact Surfaces

The following locations need cleaning: a. under the E Series and Continental freezers; b. under the broiler (inside the cabinet); and c. under the griddle. Clean these areas within three days and maintain all portions of the facility in clean and sanitary condition at all times.

Taste of the Tropics: Philippine Island Cuisine

277 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville

Result: In Compliance

Date of Inspection: 2/5/2013

(This was a follow-up Inspection. Taste of the Tropics was originally inspected on January 22 and found to be out of compliance with code. See that inspection report here.)

marcthepig February 21, 2013 at 07:47 PM
When is the Health Department going to address the issue of bare-hand contact of prepared foods? There are a number of Phoenixville food establishments where this occurs.
MA February 21, 2013 at 07:55 PM
mmmm. Cheese from 2009 and milk from last summer.... sounds tasty!
Phx08 February 22, 2013 at 06:31 PM
You'd think these businesses would've fixed the problems after the Health Department came the first time. I for one will NOT be eating at establishments that don't care about the cleanliness and safety of their store.
Here and Now February 23, 2013 at 01:01 AM
pville is sinking fast.
harry finster February 23, 2013 at 07:25 PM
how could they tell whether the places are clean or not? phoenixville is generally dirty everywhere
John February 24, 2013 at 02:29 AM
But Harry, what type of food do you serve your victims before molesting them you sick freak
Here and Now February 24, 2013 at 03:06 AM
ur mom is generally dirty everywhere
Douglas J. Trainor February 24, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Absolutely disgusting, but now you know... Remember the URL for the future -- http://bit.ly/PDA-19460
George Hughes March 01, 2013 at 05:26 PM
The Fisherman ! Thers no surprise there .

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