Mice gnawing on dried fish, an unapproved George Foreman grill close Philly restaurants

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 05:42:00 AM. Philadelphia Department of Public Health officials temporarily closed 23 restaurants, markets and stores between Nov. 16 and Nov. 30.

It’s the holiday season and you have to expect everyone to indulge, including mice. There were reports of the little critters in snack bags, gnawing on dried fish and roaming the candy isles.  Couple those citations with expired bacon, dented cans, dirty deli slicers, an unapproved George Foreman grill and you have this week’s Clean Plates report.

Philadelphia Department of Public Health inspectors temporarily closed 23 restaurants, markets and stores between Nov. 16 and Nov. 30.

The inspectors visit nearly 1,000 eateries and food retailers every two weeks. Every inspection is generally regarded as a snapshot in time, and not necessarily a reflection of day-to-day conditions.  Most violations were corrected immediately in the presence of an inspector.

To look up reports on a specific Philadelphia restaurant, or a Montgomery, Bucks or Gloucester County eatery, visit philly.com/cleanplates.

A list of eateries that were closed, or are facing court dates, follows:

Camera icon Google Clean Plates, the location of Gary’s Market IGA,
7938 Dungan Road.

Gary’s Market IGA
7938 Dungan Rd.
24 violations, 9 serious
Mice feces seen on shelving throughout retail area; the market had a heavy mouse infestation in the rear storage and retail areas; visible evidence of insect or rodent contaminated foods in the candy isle; dead flying insects were found in the refrigerated display case outside of bakery area and ice cream display freezer; swollen cartons of beverages were found in the refrigerated beverage case; medication was stored inside cabinet with utensils and equipment; employee did not wash hands prior to putting on gloves; employee in deli area was seen handling ready-to-eat food with bare hands; deli slicers are not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized; duck tape was used on floor tiles in the retail area; the facility did not have a garbage grinder.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Nov. 30.

Khan, Zakir (KSK)/ID# V00756/Roamer
Non-permanent location
6 violations, 5 serious
Employee did not follow proper hand washing procedures; soap was not available at the handwash sink in the cart; paper towel dispenser empty; no cold water available at handwash sink; raw chicken was stored above raw beef, pork, fish; food including falafel and chicken not held at required temperature.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the Department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 30.

Lee Fresh Mart
5206 Filbert St.
1 violation
No hot water.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the Department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 29.

Barone How Ya Doin’ Deli
1515 Porter St.
11 violations, 2 serious
Expired bacon was found in the cold holding unit; a domestic freezer found in the kitchen area; the cold-holding unit in the kitchen area was used for equipment storage; the food facility operator shall be the person-in-charge or shall designate a person-in-charge and shall ensure they present at the food facility during all hours of operation.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the Department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 29.

John’s Breakfast and Lunch
119 E Chelten Ave.
18 violations, 1 serious
Live roaches, mouse droppings and flies were found throughout the facility including a live roach inside the refrigerator where food was stored, under single-use styrofoam containers and on shelving; uncovered deli meat observed inside the reach-in freezer; heavy grease accumulation found on shelving under cooking equipment; the food establishment did not have a garbage grinder; there were several defective and non-operating equipment found including ice machines, rusted shelving, prep units, and a refrigerator; the establishment was storing, distributing, holding for service, using in preparation of menu items or serving food items containing artificial trans fat.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected on Nov. 29.

Mattei Family Pizza
1260 Point Breeze
8 violations, 3 serious
No hot water; potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food held for more than 48 hours, located in the basement refrigerator, was not date marked; prepackaged food was not labeled properly with the name of product, ingredient statement, net weight, distributed by statement and/or nutritional facts.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the Department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 28.

Camera icon Google Clean Plates, the location of Mozz Pizza and Steaks, 1901 E Washington Lane

Mozz Pizza & Steaks
1901 E Washington Lane
14 violations, 2 serious
Dented cans observed on shelving in the rear storage area; mouse droppings found; grease residue/debris found on the exterior surfaces of cooking equipment; and on hood filters of the exhaust hood system; no garbage disposal for grindable food waste; employees observed not wearing or wearing ineffective hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard restraints.
The establishment was ordered closed by the Court of Common Pleas. As a result, this establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate until it is approved by the Department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 28.

B & B International Foods
6510 Woodland Ave.
20 violations, 9 serious
Bugs found in repackaged grains; evidence of rodent gnawed packages of dried fish; dead roaches seen in the basement and front shelving; mouse feces found on shelving, floors, containers; the person in charge was not able to provide documentation that foods were from an approved source; a handwash sink was not found; the three-basin sink was clogged with standing water.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Nov. 28.

Kim’s Sunray Market
805 E Chelten Ave.
17 violations, 7 serious
Dead roaches, debris, and dust found on the interior surfaces of refrigerators and display case; mouse droppings seen on shelving and countertop in the retail, food prep, and storage areas and on the floors throughout the facility; heavy dust, dirt, and debris accumulation found on the floors throughout the facility; shoes and tools observed stored under the display case in the food prep area; no designated employee area for belongings.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the Department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 28

Koh Kong Market
2233 S 7th St.
3 violations, none serious
The facility was using small camping gas stoves for food preparation; food including sausages, lemon grass and chicken not held at proper temperatures; the facility was undergoing extensive renovations but plans have not been submitted to the Office of Food Protection; alteration or construction began prior to plan submission and approval.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the Department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 27.

Mosel International Market
6534 Woodland Ave.
18 violations, 7 serious
Mouse feces were found on retail shelving and floor perimeters; flies found throughout the market; sewage found pooled in the basement; dead and live cockroaches were found in the three-basin sink, the prep area and the floor; old food residue, dishes and utensils were found in the handwash sink; soap was not available at the handwash sink in the toilet room; the paper towel dispenser was empty at the handwash sink in the prep area; walls, floors, ceilings were not in good condition; orange juice was not held at a proper temperature.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 27.

Camera icon Google Clean Plates, the location of John’s Diner
119 E Chelten Avenue.

John’s Diner
119 E Chelten Ave.
32 violaitions, 7 serious
A dead mouse, dirt, and debris were found under equipment in the food prep area; mouse droppings found on the cutting board under slicer; a cat and cat food were found in the rear storage areas; grease seen dripping from grease trap over grill with the potential to contaminate food on the flat top grill; stagnant water observed on the floors in the warewashing area; heavy grease accumulation and food debris was found on the floors, walls, and ceilings in the food prep area; food including milk, turkey bacon and eggs, held at improper temperatures; the establishment did not have a garbage grinder; the establishment was storing, distributing, holding for service, using in preparation of menu items or serving food items containing artificial trans fat; alteration or construction began prior to plan submission and approval.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Nov. 27.

Las Primas
5562 Chancellor St.
14 violations, 6 serious
Potentially hazardous food including sausages were held at improper temperatures, hot water not available for proper hand washing; rock salt and automotive fluids were stored above or on the same shelf with food, equipment, and/or single service articles in the retail area; front door was propped open; a coffee spoon was stored in standing water; a brown liquid was found at the bottom of a deli case; old mice droppings were found on shelves near the counter; a trash receptacle was needed to prevent the attraction of vermin.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the Department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 21.

Subway
9475 E Roosevelt Blvd.
5 violations, 1 serious
Toilet rooms were inoperable due to plumbing issues; food including beef and chicken held at improper temperatures; the handwash sink in the warewashing area was blocked by boxes and not accessible at all times for employee use; cleaning was needed in rear storage area, shelves in the front prep area, and floors inside of the walk-in boxes.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the Department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 21.

Senior Care of Northeast
9475 Roosevelt Blvd.
6 violations, 3 serious
Utensils were improperly wash, rinsed and sanitized; proper hand washing was not available for seniors attending daycare facility and was not available for staffing in food prep area; food service employees were not able to use facility restroom, portable toilet units were provided for food service workers and seniors attending facility; flooring was in need of cleaning in rear pantry area; 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 at time of inspection.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the Department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 21.

Nrgize Juice Cafe LLC
701 E Cathedral Rd.
14 violations, 4 serious
There was no person with a Philadelphia Food Safety Certificate present; employees were eating in the food prep area as evidenced by observed partially consumed food on the counter; children were found in the front prep area and removed; there were no soap or paper towels available at the handwash sink in the warewash area; cut fruit, potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food, prepared in the food facility and held for more than 48 hours, were found in the refrigerator and prep refrigerator, without date marks; an unapproved George Foreman Grill, coffee maker, and toaster were found; a built-up yellow residue was seen in the basins of the warewash sink.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the Department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 20.
Under The ‘C’
1701 JFK Blvd.
6 violations, 2 serious
Food including fish, eggs, crabs and rice were not held at required temperatures; the hot water at the handsink did not reach proper temperatures; uncovered food was found in the refrigerators; utensils were stored in stagnant water; a general floor cleaning was needed.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the Department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 20.

Camera icon Google The location of Lancaster Food And Gas and Krispy Krunchy Chicken at 4626 Lancaster Avenue.

Lancaster Food And Gas
4626 Lancaster Ave.
11 violations, 2 serious
A gnawed bag of snacks was found in the retail area; mouse feces were found in snack boxes in retail area; grinder/handsink drain was improperly plumbed to sewer, and the drain put in was without proper fittings; slow drain found in rear hand/grinder sink; drain at ice machine goes to floor and not to adjacent floor drain; the garbage grinder does not work; there was no exhaust fan or window in the employee toilet room; there were no paper towels found in the employee toilet.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Nov. 18.

Krispy Krunchy Chicken
4626 Lancaster Ave.
15 violations, 7 serious
Mouse droppings found on the food prep table and at the bottom of food prep table; visible insect activity; holes found in the walls; employees were not wearing or were wearing ineffective hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard restraints; a general cleaning was needed throughout the facility including the three-basin sink; single use utensils were dirty and not properly inverted; the handwashing sink in the rear food prep area was not functioning.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Nov. 16.

Personal Touch Early Learning Center, Inc.
40 E Chelten Ave.
10 violations, 2 serious
Loose rodent bait observed in basement and food prep areas; bug spray that was not labeled by the manufacturer for food facility usage was found in the food prep and classroom storage areas; visible physical evidence of flies were found throughout facility; packets and open pesticides were found on the basement floor; a classroom refrigerator lacked proper temperature measuring device; the facility lacks adequate lighting in the storage areas.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Nov. 17.

China House
6600 N 18th St.
24 violations, 5 serious
Mouse droppings found throughout establishment; noodles, rice, egg roll and potentially hazardous ready-to-eat foods, prepared in the food facility and held for more than 48 hours, were found in the walk-in refrigeration unit without proper date markings; open bait found in the food prep area; grease accumulation found on sides of cooking equipment; the handwash sink in the food prep area was blocked by dishes and not accessible at all times for employee use; food was not protected from contamination and found uncovered in the walk-in refrigeration unit and chest freezer; bulk food ingredient storage containers were not labeled with the common name of the food; dust and food debris observed on floor in the food prep area.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Nov. 17.

Camera icon Google The location of Pizzalissimo and Grill on 746 Snyder Avenue.

Pizzalissimo and Grill
746 Snyder Ave.
14 violations, 1 serious
Access to the basement was not provided; a live mouse was seen in the rear storage room and mouse feces were found on shelving and floor perimeters; fruit flies were seen in food preparation area; a dead and live roach were found on food prep refrigerator surfaces; food employees were not wearing or were wearing ineffective hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard restraints; there were no single use gloves found; shelves throughout the establishment were found with debris and mouse feces; the ventilation unit inside toilet room was not working.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected on Nov. 17.

Auntie Anne’s Kiosk
1568 Franklin Mills Circle
6 violations, 1 serious
Shelf, floor, and wall cleaning needed. Food debris was seen in the reach-in freezer; pipes and utility lines were not properly sealed; a food safety person was not present.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the department to resume operations. Inspected Nov. 16.

Eateries scheduled for hearing in the Court of Common Pleas on Dec. 5.
The Hut Bar, 6718 GREENWAY AVE; W & M Deli Grocery, 3300 N MUTTER ST.

Eateries scheduled for hearing in the Court of Common Pleas on Dec. 7.
Haverford Mini Market Inc, 5450 HAVERFORD AVE.; Los Vargas Mini Market, 4171 N FAIRHILL ST.; B.B.Q. Town, 7711 OGONTZ AVE.; Beijing Garden Li LLC, 5911 RIDGE AVE.

To look up reports on a specific Philadelphia restaurant, or a Montgomery, Bucks or Gloucester County eatery, visit philly.com/cleanplates.

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