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Health Department: Phoenixville Boston Market May Have Infestation

A breakdown of Chester County's May food inspection reports.

Editor’s Note: After several readers voiced concerns about the Health Department’s reputation for using ambiguous language in these reports, Patch spoke with Corrin Howard, Chester County Environmental Health Supervisor.

Howard said that it’s unclear, from the language on the county’s website, whether there was an actual infestation in the Boston Market, or whether there were just conditions present that could, potentially, lead to an infestation.

 “We’re actually in the process of adopting a new inspection system which is what Pennsylvania uses, because [the present language in our reports can be] confusing and misleading to people. The language in the Boston Market report”–Presence of rodents/insects; harborage; breeding; outer openings not protected–”indicates anything that could lead up to a rodent infestation. A front door left open, a missing screen, holes or cracks in the building, or mouse droppings that were found in the kitchen. It doesn’t necessarily mean there is an infestation,” Howard said.

Phoenixville Patch is now in the process of acquiring the full Boston Market report. We will post it as soon as it becomes available.

The following health inspection results from May 2012 were provided by the Chester County Health Department. The full results for the county for all of 2012 are available here.

 

–Inspected on 5/30

Critical Violations:

  • Food received in unsound condition; spoilage found; food from an unapproved source
  • Food service equipment and utensils not properly washed, rinsed, sanitized
  • Food facilities not maintaining proper food temperatures

Non-Critical Violations:

  • Non-food-contact surfaces of equipment found unclean; improperly maintained
  • Floors/walls/ceilings found unclean, in disrepair
  • Garbage and refuse containers not covered; inadequate number; not vector-proof
  • Plumbing leaks or disrepair found

 

–Inspected on 5/24

Critical Violations:

  • Food did not meet temperature requirements
  • Presence of rodents/insects; harborage; breeding; outer openings not protected

Non-Critical Violations:

  • Thermometers not provided
  • Non-food-contact surfaces of equipment found unclean; improperly maintained
  • Food service equipment improperly stored & handled
  • Floors/walls/ceilings not smooth, easily cleanable, non-absorbent
  • Garbage and refuse containers not covered; inadequate number; not vector-proof
  • Plumbing leaks or disrepair found

 

Loyal Order of Moose–Inspected on 5/30

No Violations

 

–Inspected on 5/17

Critical Violations:

  • Food did not meet temperature requirements
  • Restroom or handwashing facilities not provided, accessible

Non-Critical Violations:

  • Food containers improperly labeled
  • Food service equipment improperly stored & handled
  • Dishwashing facilities improperly designed, constructed, maintained
  • Food service equipment does not meet current general standards

 

–Inspected on 5/7

No Violations

 

Phoenix Grille–Inspected on 5/22

Critical Violations:

  • Food not protected from contamination/cross contamination

Non-Critical Violations:

  • Food containers improperly labeled
  • Non-food-contact surfaces of equipment found unclean; improperly maintained
  • Food service equipment does not meet current general standards

 

–Inspected on 5/30

Critical Violations:

  • Food facilities not maintaining proper food temperatures

Non-Critical Violations:

  • Restrooms/Handwashing facilities found unclean; not provided with necessary supplies
  • Single-service items being re-used; improper handling; improper storage
  • Food service equipment improperly stored & handled
  • Dishwashing facilities improperly designed, constructed, maintained

 

–Inspected on 5/3

Critical Violations:

  • Poisonous and toxic materials improperly used, stored, labeled; not separated from food

 

–Inspected on 5/3

Critical Violations:

  • Food not protected from contamination/cross contamination

Non-Critical Violations: 

  • Food-contact surfaces of equipment found unclean; in disrepair; not easily cleanable
  • Food service equipment does not meet current general standards
  • Floors/walls/ceilings found unclean, in disrepair
  • Light fixtures unshielded
  • Premises found unclean; unnecessary items found on premises

 

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nick June 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Tom, I want to thank you for spending more time in finding and reporting the whole truth. I know Chris and myself only wish to educate or enlighten the consumer about the other side of your story. No ill intentions were meant to fly, but there are many hard working people trying to bring this community great food finds. A little negative press can be very damaging and hurt alot of small business owners. Please continue to research the real truth before posting these headlines. Thank you.
Tom Sunnergren June 15, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Just wanted to let you guys know that we haven't forgotten about this story. We've evidently struck a sort of bureaucratic tangle with the Chesco Health Department, and I am still waiting for the complete Boston Market report.
Megan Inmon July 06, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I agree, I love Pats Pizza! We order from there all the time and their pizza is great!
Tom Sunnergren July 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Okay gang: we've finally gotten some information back from the county on what exactly happened here. http://phoenixville.patch.com/articles/health-dept-gives-boston-market-clean-bill-of-health Long story short: there were three dead roaches found on the premises, but the problem has been addressed.
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