20 violations at Limerick Diner; fouls 24th inspection since February 2017; employees put on gloves without first washing hands, Food uncovered throughout

20 violations at Limerick Diner; fouls 24th inspection since February 2017; employees put on gloves without first washing hands, Food uncovered throughout

Limerick, PA

Limerick Diner

411 W Ridge Pike
Limerick, PA 19468

The Montgomery County Health Department conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 1/30/21. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Limerick Diner was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 20 violations were found.

The inspector noted, “Due to the number of violations facility will be re-scheduled for a re-inspection on or after 2/12/2021. Failure to correct violations could result in another re-inspection and a re-inspection fee. Facility must correct and maintain all noted violations.”

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

  • EHS observed employees put on gloves without first washing hands. Employees must wash hands before putting on gloves to avoid contamination of the outside of the gloves.
  • Paper towels lacking at hand washing sink. Provide.
  • EHS observed 6 dented cans on dry storage shelves. Do not use.
  • EHS observed rusted cans on dry storage shelves. Remove.
  • Beef sitting out at room temperature. Facility stated it was going to be cut, it was not being handled at the time of the inspection. Food items need to stored in a cooler at 41F or below if not being handled by employee.
  • Foods lacking dates throughout. Provide and use/discard within 7 days.
  • Some units lacking thermometers. Provide.
  • Food containers not identified with name of food items.
  • Food uncovered throughout. Cover to prevent contamination from premises.
  • EHS observed containers of food on the floor of walk in cooler and freezer. Store at least 6 inches off of the floor.
  • Raw eggs stored over ready to eat food in reach in cooler. Raw eggs need to be stored on lowest shelf and not over ready to eat food items.
  • In use rags not being stored in sanitizer solution in between use.
  • Cup being used as a scoop stored in sugar touching food item. Store in a separate/clean/sanitized/dry area.
  • Hands not being washed in between tasks and putting new gloves on. Wash hands when changing tasks and gloves.
  • Grooves/discoloration on cutting boards. Resurface/replace.
  • Food and debris on interior and exterior of coolers and freezers. Clean/sanitize.
  • EHS observed leak from the ceiling in the basement. Repair.
  • Floors unclean throughout. Clean/sanitize.
  • Grease debris on and around fryers and equipment. Clean/sanitize.
  • Frost buildup on interior of walk in freezer. Clean/sanitize in order to ensure that all surfaces are smooth, non porous, and easily cleanable.

According to reporting by The Philadelphia Inquirer this latest inspection marks the 24th Out of Compliance inspection since February 2017:

  • Feb 21, 2017-Re-inspection- 17 violations including 7 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Mar 23, 2017- Re-inspection PASSED with one “lack of good retail practices” violation.
  • Jul 7, 2017- Complaint inspection finds 36 violations including 16 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Jul 10, 2017- Follow-up inspection finds ZERO violations.
  • Jul 25, 2017- Re-inspection finds 9 violations including 3 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Aug 30, 2017- Other inspection finds no violations after boil water advisory.
  • Sep 2, 2017- Follow-up to water advisory with no violations cited.
  • Nov 28, 2017 Routine inspection finds 23 violations including 7 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Dec 14, 2017- Re-inspection finds 14 violations including 7 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Dec 15, 2017- Follow-up inspection finds ZERO violations.
  • Jan 11, 2018- Re-inspection finds 3 violations with 2 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Mar 26, 2018- Routine inspection finds 25 violations including 12 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • May 1, 2018- Routine inspection finds 14 violations including 7 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Aug 3, 2018- Re-inspection finds 3 violations including 1 foodborne illness risk factor violation.
  • Sep 18, 2018- Inspection following fire finds 2 “lack of good retail practices” violations.
  • Feb 5, 2019- Routine inspection finds 33 violations including 12 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Mar 6, 2019- Routine inspection finds 13 violations including 4 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • May 13, 2019- Routine inspection finds 28 violations including 12 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • May 14, 2019- Follow-up inspection finds 5 violations including 4 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • May 29, 2019- Re-inspection finds 22 violations including 9 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Jun 3, 2019- Follow-up inspection finds 2 violations including 1 foodborne illness risk factor violation.
  • Jun 27, 2019- Re-inspection finds 11 violations including 3 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Oct 22, 2019- Routine inspection finds 20 violations including 5 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Nov 13, 2019- Re-inspection finds 17 violations including 9 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Nov 21, 2019- Follow-up inspection finds 3 violations including 2 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Nov 26, 2019- Follow-up inspections finds ZERO violations.
  • Dec 16, 2019- Re-inspection finds 5 violations including 2 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • May 22, 2020- Water outage.
  • May 26, 2020- Water issue confirmed resolved.
  • Aug 27, 2020- Routine inspection finds 13 violations
  • Sep 15, 2020- Reinspection finds 5 violations
  • Dec 15, 2020- Complaint inspection finds ZERO violations.