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15 violations for KOME Japanese Cuisine in Center Valley; Interior of crushed and cubed ice machines and the ice cream scoop dipping well, food contact surfaces, were observed to have food residue

15 violations for KOME Japanese Cuisine in Center Valley; Interior of  crushed and cubed ice machines and the ice cream scoop dipping well, food contact surfaces, were observed to have food residue

Center Valley

KOME Japanese Cuisine

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley
2880 Center Valley Pkwy #600
Center Valley, PA 18034

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/25/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations KOME Japanese Cuisine was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 15 violations were found.

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • Food Employee did not follow proper hand washing procedure. Food employee did not wash hands for adequate amount of time of at least 20 seconds. Soap and/or warm water not used. Food employee also did not use single use towels or air drying device not used to dry hands. Addressed on-site with management and employee. Corrected.
  • Various bulk food ingredient storage containers, in the kitchen and hibachi areas, are not labeled with the common name of the food.
  • The following list of non-food contact surfaces are not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil throughout the kitchen and hibachi areas: -rice cooker cart -various counter-tops throughout the kitchen -various shelving units throughout the kitchen -can opener holder in the hibachi area -floors throughout the facility -equipment ovens doors and handles -grease hood filters and light fixtures -ceiling tiles throughout the kitchen and serving areas -walk-in refrigerator speed rack -walk-in refrigerator wire rack shelves
  • Food Employee observed changing tasks that may have contaminated hands/gloves without a proper handwash in-between. Addressed with employee and management. Corrected.
  • Observed duct tape being used to repair the bain marie lid above the proteins at the hibachi station, which is not an approved, easily cleanable, and non-porous surface; in need of proper repair.
  • Hand wash sink located in the hibachi station was not under pressure during time of inspection. The handwash sink was also observed to have old food residue, dishes, and utensils, which indicates uses other than hand washing. PIC noted work order has previously been placed for repair.
  • A working sanitizer bucket and working/open bags of water softener tablets were observed stored in food areas around food such as soda machines. Corrected.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible in various refrigerators throughout the kitchen and hibachi station area.
  • Interior of both the crushed and cubed ice machines and the ice cream scoop dipping well, food contact surfaces, were observed to have food residue and were not clean to sight and touch.
  • Observed knives in the hibachi area stored on magnetic knife strip that were not clean to sight and touch. Corrected.
  • Food employees observed in kitchen area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers.
  • Observed to-go/take-out containers being used as scoops for bulk-ingredients, which does not have a handle for proper scooping and to prevent possible contamination; in need of proper handled scoops for use in bulk ingredient storage containers.
  • Observed dishes not being stored inverted, and has food contact surface open, exposed, and subject to potential contamination. Corrected.
  • Observed shelves above the hibachi area covered in cardboard. Corrected.