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Berks food safety inspections found food that was slimy, spoiled and moldy at a restaurant

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.

Below are the results of inspections conducted between June 19 and July 2, 2024, that were filed in the state database as of July 5 at 12:30 p.m.

Berks

Giavanna’s Pizzeria, 1500 New Holland Road E3, Reading Pa 19607, June 27: nine violations. The Food Facility Operator shall be the Person in Charge or shall designate a Person in Charge and shall ensure that a Person in Charge is present at the food facility during all hours of operation. Blocks of cheese in the back prep area stored open with no covering and sitting on top of the chest freezer. Corrected. Food was held at 47°F, in the Bain Marie used for preparing pizzas, rather than 41°F or below as required. Walk-in cooler not working properly. Food is being held at 65°F, in the walk-in cooler, rather than 41°F or below as required. 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 cold hold units, is not being date marked. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Observed an accumulation of old food residue on the nonfood contact portions of the dough mixer. Observed single-use take-out containers stored out of packaging and not inverted to prevent contamination. Corrected. A Food Employee Certification is displayed, but the individual is no longer employed by the retail food facility. Food facility does not employ a certified food employee as required. Window, in the back ware washing area, is open, unscreened, and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals. Out of compliance.

Redner’s Warehouse Market #89, 300 Kenhorst Plaza, Shillington, June 27: six violations. Observed in-use bench scrappers used in the meat prep room stored between the 3-bay sink and wall, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Corrected. Interior of the ice machine in the produce prep area observed to have a mold like build up on the interior walls. Corrected. Observed a mold-like build up on the bottom shelves of the iced tea display cooler. Corrected. Observed a mold-like buildup on the bottom grates of the produce display case. Observed a buildup of a mold/slime like substance on the floor under the ice machine in the produce prep area. Corrected. Food facility inspection indicates evidence of rodent activity (1 dead rodent in traps) in rear storage areas, but facility does have a routine pest control program. Removed immediately. Corrected. Observed apparent rodent droppings and chew marks on a pallet containing sugar and flour in the back storage area. Rodent dropping were also observed on the floor around the pallet. Product disposed on immediately. Corrected. Observed live ants in the back storage area in a general storage area. Corrected. Mops are not being hung to air dry. Corrected.

Heidelberg Country Club, Po Box 309, Bernville, June 26: two violations. Bowl was observed in a container of freshly made potato chips. Scoops without handles must be kept out of the food container. Corrected. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration.

Schaylor Brewing Company, 2390 Lancaster Ave., Reading, June 26: six violations. Bain Maire by exit door in kitchen not holding temperature. Food being held at 58°F. Corrected. Soda lines and/or non-integral cold plate device installed in ice bin and in contact with ice used for consumer beverages. Corrected. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid. Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – observed handwash sink leaking at the connection. Observed the ceiling in the small side of the kitchen to have exposed insulation hanging.

Antonio’s Trattoria, 1636 W. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, June 25: no violations.

Bread Box Mff4, 2469 E. Main St., Douglassville, June 25: two violations. Food facility hot water heater is not producing enough hot water to supply the handwashing sink and 3-bay sink for warewashing at the time of this inspection. The handwash sink does not have water at a temperature of at least 85°F. Out of compliance.

Casa De Empanada, 9 E. Main St., Kutztown, June 25: one violation. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in refrigerator equipment. Corrected.

Comalli Taqueria, 701 Court St., West Reading, June 25: 10 violations. The Person in Charge did not demonstrate adequate control of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Observed a fly in a 5-gallon container of sauce/salsa that was being cooled in the walk-in cooler. Corrected by disposing of the whole container of product. Scoop at the ice machine is being stored directly on top of the machine, which is not a clean surface. Corrected. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration at the dishwasher. Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher was 0 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required. Supply container is empty and there is no additional product at the facility at this time. The handwash sink in the kitchen area was blocked by dirty dishes and was not accessible at all times for employee use. Water was turned off to the handwash sink in the kitchen after the cold water handle broke, making in unusable for employees. Cold water handle is missing for the handwash sink in the kitchen area. Restroom does not have a self-closing door. Garage door located in the storage area of the food facility has a gap at the bottom due to a damaged bottom door seal and does not protect against the entry of pests. Garage-style door to the outside, located in the storage area of the food facility is open without any screening. Corrected by closing the door, however, this is the same door that has a damaged bottom seal. Soap was not available at the handwash sink in the kitchen area. Out of compliance.

Gabelsville Athletic Assn, 2 N. Funk Road, Boyertown, June 25: no violations.

Hamburg Recreation Park Pool Concession, Second & Franklin streets, Hamburg, June 25: one violation. Observed single-service, single-use articles stored in dry storage area directly on the floor, and not 6 inches above the floor. Corrected.

Jukebox Cafe, 535 S Reading Ave., Boyertown, June 25: three violations. Observed various uncovered food products being stored in the walk-in-cooler. 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 walk-in-cooler and the refrigerator near the cookline is not being date marked. Observed multiple vents and filters in the cookline and dining room area are dirty and in need of cleaning or replaced.

Kauffman’s Bar-B-Q Mff3 T-Pt9340n, 233 Gravel Pit Road, Bethel, June 25: no violations.

Kauffman’s Bar-B-Q Mff3 T-Pt9690t, 233 Gravel Pit Road, Bethel, June 25: no violations.

Kempton Fire Company Inc., 2461 Route 143, Kempton, June 25: no violations.

Let’s Taco Bout It Mexican Grill, 616 Penn Ave., West Reading, June 25: two violations. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Observed an accumulation of dirt and old food debris on the floor under equipment in the back prep kitchen.

Los Arrieros Restaurant, 428 Penn Ave., West Reading, June 25: two violations. There is a gap between the wall and the new 3-compartment sink and handwash sink in the front area. New food facility does not yet employ a certified food manager employee as required.

Wendy’s # 19303, 712 W. Penn Ave., West Reading, June 25: no violations.

West Reading Pool Snack Bar, Sycamore & Museum Roads, West Reading, June 25: one violation. Scoop being stored in the ice machine with handle touching the ice. Corrected.

Bern Township Lions Pool, 1020 Rebers Bridge Road, Leesport, June 24: two violations. Thermometer for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in the refrigerator used to store hot dogs, burgers, and cheese. Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the snack bar area. Corrected.

Camp Manatawny, 33 Camp Road, Douglassville, June 24: no violations.

Dunkin Donuts #346432, 955 Benjamin Franklin Highway Suite 1, Douglassville, June 24: two violations. Food dispensing utensil in bulk sugar bin observed stored in the food and not with handle above the top of the food and the container. Corrected. Observed wiping cloths store in sanitizer solutions (6) at a concentration of 50ppm that were marked for change at 8:00am. Corrected.

Herman’s Drive-In Inc., 50 W. Weis St., Topton, June 24: two violations. Fryer basket was observed with broken wires this is not smooth, easily cleanable and/or resistant to pitting, cracking or scratching. The handwash sink located in the kitchen area does not have water at a temperature of at least 85°F.

Leesport Pool Snack Bar, 3112 Washington Road, Leesport, June 24: two violations. -Plastic spoons not displayed in a manner so that only the handles are touched when dispensed. Corrected. Soap was not available at the handwash sink in the snack bar area. Corrected.

Lincoln Park Swim Association, 300 Stanford Ave., West Lawn, June 24: no violations.

Panda Inn, 330 W. Weis St., Topton, June 24: four violations. Food dispensing utensil in bag of rice observed stored in the food. Utensil observed being used was a bowl without a handle. Corrected. Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk in, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Cardboard covering the prep table shelves is not a non-absorbent, easily cleanable surface. Two fryer baskets were observed with broken wires, which are not smooth, easily cleanable and/or resistant to pitting, cracking or scratching. Corrected. The handwash sink located in the prep area does not have water at a temperature of at least 85°F. Hot water was observed turned off to the sink. Corrected.

Ruby Tuesday #2946, 1665 State Hill Road, Wyomissing, June 24: no violations.

Wendy’s #19306, 2717 Meridian Blvd., Wyomissing, June 24: no violations.

7-Eleven Store 40241h, 1547 Lancaster Ave., Reading, June 21: two violations. Observed an accumulation of dirt and dust on the ceiling in front of the condenser units in the walk in cooler. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Aldi #79, 1010 Cedar Top Road, Reading, June 21: three violations. Severely dented canned items (3) observed in the canned food aisle and intended for use or sale in the food facility. Corrected. Observed old food debris in the back area on the floor by the exit door. Corrected. Mops are not being hung to air dry. Corrected.

Beer Wall On Penn, 619 Penn Ave., West Reading, June 21: two violations. Thermometer for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in the bain marie unit. 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. Two employees have Food Handler certificates, but not Food Manager certificates.

Camp Setebaid & HBG Diabetic Youth Camp (West Lodge) Tfs3, 2905 Camp Swatara Road, Bethel, June 21: no violations.

Dunkin Donuts #362591, 101 Love Road, Reading, June 21: no violations.

Eve’s Thai Kitchen, 10 S Summit Ave., Reading, June 21: three violations. Observed an accumulation of old oil/grease under the fryer and table next to the fryer. Observed single use takeout containers stored open and, in a manner, that does not protect against contamination. Corrected. Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid.

Keystone Fire Company, 350 Godfrey St., Rehrersburg, June 21: no violations.

Playa Bowls, 945 Hill Ave. Suite 225, Wyomissing, June 21: no violations.

Power Gas & Mini Mart, 150 Main St., Strausstown, June 21: two violations. Assorted deli sandwiches that are refrigerated ready to eat time/temperature control for safety food, observed in the reach in cooler area, and was not compliant with datemarking by being labeled with a discard or use by date of no more than 7 days. Interior kick plate of the ice machine in the dish area was observed not clean to sight and touch.

Primo Hoagies, 945 Hill Ave Suite 275, Wyomissing, June 21: no violations.

Sheetz Store #655, 2246 Lancaster Pike, Reading, June 21: one violation. Observed apparent mold growth in the walk-in cooler used for prepared foods on the walls, ceiling, on the green shelving racks, and white plastic sauce slide storage.

Simple Delights By D.J., 10 S Summit Ave., Reading, June 21: no violations.

Strausstown Rod & Gun Club, 81 Club Road, Strausstown, June 21: three violations. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Interior kick plate of the ice machine was observed with pink organic matter. Spray bottle in the dish area, used for storing purple chemical and taken from bulk supplies, was not marked with the common name of the chemical.

Vintner’s Table, 945 Hill Ave. Suite 100, Wyomissing, June 21: four violations. Scoops and tongs observed stored in standing water behind the sangria bar. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration at the glasswashers. Facility also does not have a method to verify the final rinse temperature at the main hot water sanitizing dishwasher. Working containers (spray bottles) in dishwashing area, used for storing chemicals, cleaners taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical. Corrected. Working containers of cleaner/sanitizer were stored on the same shelf with food and clean bowls in the back food preparation area. Corrected.

BF Clams, 336 Kennedy Ave., Mertztown, June 20: no violations.

Bulgogi Korean Bbq & Thai, 4725 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, June 20: one violation. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration at the dishwasher (chlorine-based sanitizer).

GNA Ristorante Pizzeria, 421 Penn Ave., West Reading, June 20: no violations.

Margherita’s Pizzeria, 3600 Kutztown Road, Laureldale, June 20: seven violations. Souffle cups observed stored in containers of spices in dry storage area. Corrected. Three fry baskets and one skimmer observed with broken wires in the fryer area. These food contact surfaces are not smooth and easily cleanable. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration of the quat sanitizer used at the three-compartment sink. The interior ice machine kick plate, a food contact surface, was observed to have black organic matter and was not clean to sight and touch. Observed hood vent equipment, in the cookline area, with an accumulation of dust on non-food contact surfaces. Observed single-service, single-use articles stored in dry storage area directly on the floor, and not 6 inches above the floor. Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid.

Nice Garden, 850 Golden Drive Suite #8, Blandon, June 20: one violation. 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 walk-in cooler, is not being date marked.

Perk Up Truck/Mff 2 (Zgc9888), 1001 Main St., Shoemakersville, June 20: no violations.

Perk Up Truck/Mff2 (Tzbd6855), 1001 Main St., Shoemakersville, June 20: no violations.

Taste of Crepes, 617 Penn Ave., West Reading, June 20: one violation. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration at the 3-compartment sink (quaternary ammonia).

Muhlenberg Township

Station House Grille, 4899 Stoudts Ferry Bridge Road, July 1: no violations.

Fairgrounds Farmers Market, 2934 N. Fifth St., June 28: no violations.

Fiesta Charra LLC, 4531 Kutztown Road, June 28: no violations.

Fuji San, 5314 Allentown Pike, June 28: no violations.

Laurel Run Swim Association, 3500 Willow Grove Ave., June 28: eight violations. An open employee’s beverage container was observed in a food preparation area. Corrected on inspection. Food employees observed in kitchen not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Food dispensing utensil in ice bin observed stored in the ice and not with handle above the top of the food and the container. Corrected on inspection. Customer foods stored in refrigerator below personal beverages and foods. Corrected on inspection. Floor fan dusty. Manager holds a Food Handler certification instead of a Food Manager certification as required. Certificate not posted. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Pizza Como, 4600 Fifth Street Highway, June 28: no violations.

Rita’s Italian Ice/Muhlenberg, 3403 North Fifth Street Highway, June 28: one violation. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, 4300 North Fifth Street Highway, June 22: no violations.

Sheetz Inc. # 226, 501 E. Bellevue Ave., June 22: no violations.

Target Store # T-23-2, 4220 North Fifth Street Highway, June 22: one violation. Multiple fan guards in walk-in refrigeration units are dusty.

 

Reading

Golden Bowl, 850 Penn St., June 28, 12 violations. The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Food observed in the bain marie area, slimy to the touch / spoiled / moldy and is adulterated. * Food in the cooler area stored open with no covering. Raw chicken was stored above raw beef, pork, fish in the cooler. Food ingredient storage containers, in the entire facility, is not labeled with the common name of the food. Opened packaged food, a potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food requiring datemarking, in entire facility area, was not date marked, or was beyond the date-marking and requires discarding. Multiple food contact surfaces observed to have food residue and not clean to sight and touch. Observed cooking equipment / pans, in the frying area, with encrusted grease and soil accumulation. Observed equipment in bain marie area, with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces. Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil. Replace damaged ceiling tiles in dining area. Clean all glass and windows in the facility. Repair broken windows. Clean or replace soiled mop bucket. Out of compliance.

UPDATES

The following reports for the period of June 5 to June 18, 2024, were added to the state’s database after June 20 and did not appear in the previous Berks food safety report.

Muhlenberg Township

Country Lane Poultry & Produce, 2934 N. Fifth Street Highway, Reading Pa 19607 , June 15: one violations. Observed several over-scored cutting mats not discarded as required. Corrected on inspection.

So Good Soups And Salads, 2934 N. Fifth Street Highway, Shillington , June 15: seven violations. Food preparation area is below overhead lights/cords which are dusty. Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 48 hours, located in the undercounter refrigerator is not being date marked. Prepackaged soups/quiches are not labeled properly with the name of product, ingredient statement, net weight, and distributed by statement. Prepackaged soups/quiches are not labeled to clearly indicate any “Big 8” allergen ingredients and / or the allergen warning statement. Thermometers inside undercounter refrigerator and display refrigerator are not accurate. No thermometer present in compact refrigerator. Thermometer for ensuring proper food temperatures is not calibrated and/or functioning properly. Owner reports plan to purchase a digital thermometer to monitor food temperatures, including thermometer wipes which were unavailable. Interior lowest shelves of undercounter refrigerator and compact refrigerator observed with pools of water and food debris. Multiple leaks (at faucet and plumbing pipes below) observed at three-compartment utility sink.

Reading

Ideal Food Basket, 733 Lancaster Ave., , June 14: one violation. -Observed * food stored directly on the floor in * area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.

Exodo Grocery Store 364323, 1262 Spruce St., , June 12: two violations. Commercially processed ready to eat food, located in the *, and held more than 48 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the * area.

 


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