18 violations for Craft Ale House in Limerick, fouls 7th inspection since May 2017; Dishwasher not aware of what test strips for testing sanitizer are and did not know how to test sanitizer

18 violations for Craft Ale House in Limerick, fouls 7th inspection since May 2017; Dishwasher not aware of what test strips for testing sanitizer are and did not know how to test sanitizer

Limerick, PA

Craft Ale House

708 W Ridge Pike
Limerick, PA 19468

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 3/2/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Craft Ale House in Limerick was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 18 violations were found and include one or more violations determined to be food borne illness risk factors.

The inspector added to the report, “Due to multiple violations facility will be scheduled for a re-inspection on or after 3/16/2020. If another re-inspection is scheduled at that time facility will be subjected to further legal action and fines.”

This marks the seventh time since May 2017 the Craft Ale House was found “Out of Compliance” by the Health Department:

  • May 8, 2017- 15 violations cited during routine inspection
  • May 25, 2017- PASSED re-inspection with 1 violation for uncovered food in the walk-in cooler.
  • Oct 25, 2017- 8 violations cited during routine inspection
  • Feb 23, 2018- 14 violations cited during routine inspection
  • Aug 6, 2018- 6 violations cited during routine inspection
  • Mar 15, 2019- 13 violations cited during routine inspection
  • Apr 10, 2019- PASSED re-inspection with 3, “Lack of Good Retail Practices” violations
  • Oct 15, 2019- 8 violations cited during routine inspection

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

  • Dishwasher not aware of what test strips for testing sanitizer are and did not know how to test sanitizer. Dishwashers must be trained and testing sanitizer daily.

  • Facility lacking current CFSM certification. Facility has a full time employee that is servsafe certified. Facility must fill out MCHD reciprocity application, and make a copy of ServSafe certification and submit with appropriate fees. Facility will be given 30 business days to comply.

  • Employees must wash hands sign lacking in women’s restroom.

  • Facility keeping shellstock tags but some tags missing date when the last one is sold from each batch.

  • American cheese dated 2/21. Must be used/discarded within 7 days. Facility voluntarily discarded.

  • Thermometer lacking in reach in cooler to the left of the grill. Provide.

  • Some food items in secondary containers uncovered. Ensure all food items are covered securely as to prevent potential contamination.

  • Buckets of food stored on the floor of the walk in cooler. All food must be stored 6 inches off of the floor.

  • In use rags not being stored in sanitizer solution in between use.

  • Single use containers with no handles observed being used as scoops for food items. Ensure that all scoops have proper handles.

  • Grooves and discoloration on cutting boards. Resurface/replace.

  • Quaternary test strips expired 2018. Replace.

  • Food like debris on interior of reach in coolers and freezers. Clean/sanitize.

  • Food like debris on outside of equipment. Clean/sanitize.

  • Food and dirt like debris on the floor throughout food prep area. Clean/sanitize.

  • Broken floor tiles in dishwasher area. All surfaces must be smooth, non-porous and easily cleanable.

  • EHS observed rust on shelves in dish area. All surfaces must be smooth, non-porous and easily cleanable.

  • Dirt like debris on the floors behind dishwasher. Clean/sanitize.