27 violations for AJ’s Diner in Wyncote in 2 inspections, “live cat was observed inside of facility prep area. Soiled litter box and food/water bowls found inside of utility closet”

27 violations for AJ’s Diner in Wyncote in 2 inspections, “live cat was observed inside of facility prep area. Soiled litter box and food/water bowls found inside of utility closet”

Wyncote, PA

AJ’s Diner

8152 OGONTZ AVE
WYNCOTE, PA 19095

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on january 27, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the AJ’s Diner in Wyncote was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 27 violations were found and include one or more violations determined to be food borne illness risk factors.

The Department conducted a follow-up inspection on January 30, 2020 showing all the violations below were resolved but the inspector found a new violation:

At time of inspection a live cat was observed inside of facility prep area. Soiled litter box and food/water bowls found inside of utility closet. Owner stated this is his wife’s personal pet. Facility was instructed that domestic animals are prohibited inside of a food establishment kitchen areas and facility removed cat and items pertaining to cat from property. Owner cleaned and sanitized closet where litter box and bowls were stored. Facility may face possible legal action.

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

  • (4 times repeat violation)Employee beverage containers stored on food prep surfaces at cook’s line. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal actions.

  • Employee partially eaten cake found stored on cook’s line prep table.

  • Employee observed preparing a ready to eat sandwich with their bare hands. Facility was instructed on proper glove use during inspection.

  • No soap provided at either front or back hand washing sink in kitchen areas.

  • (2 times repeat violation)Raw pooled eggs found stored above ready to eat foods in 1 door tall refrigerator and walk-in refrigerator. Failure to correct and maintain repeat violations could lead to legal action.

  • (2 times repeat violation)Chlorine sanitizer in sanitizer buckets in front and back of facility tested below 50-100ppm. Facility re-mixed a quat solution of 200ppm during inspection. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal actions.

  • Oatmeal made at 9am recorded with internal temperature of 83F at 12:20pm in 1 door tall refrigerator. Facility voluntarily discarded oatmeal during inspection and was instructed on proper cooling time and temperature parameters during inspection.

  • Corned beef hash in 1 door tall refrigerator found with a discard date of 2/10/20 which exceeds the maximum 7 day discard date of prepared and opened TCS foods.

  • (3 times repeat violation)Prepared and opened TCS ready to eat foods held in facility longer than 24 hours under refrigeration missing required discard date marking not to exceed 7 days from the opened/prep date. Failure to correct and maintain repeat violations could lead to legal action.

  • Facility found to be placing very hot foods inside of refrigeration units and not properly cooling foods. Facility was instructed on cooling methods during inspection.

  • Muffins for retail sale at front counter are not labeled with required retail labeling information. Facility was emailed retail labeling guidelines during inspection.

  • Rodent-like droppings observed throughout kitchen prep area on prep table shelving, on bottled beverage storage shelving, and along floor perimeter. Facility to clean and sanitize all areas and have a licensed pest control service. Facility to send pest control report within 10 business days to fax or email provided. Pest control report must state treatment of target pest.

  • Absorbent cloth found covering cooked potatoes in walk-in refrigerator.

  • (4 times repeat violation)Onions found stored directly on the floor of the kitchen prep area. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal actions.

  • Food prep sink observed with soiled utensils, metal scrub pad, and wet wiping cloths in basin.

  • (4 times repeat violation)Foods stored directly on floor and on duck boards in walk-in refrigerator and not elevated at least 6 inches from floor. Failure to correct and maintain repeat violations could lead to legal action.

  • (3 times repeat violation)Wet wiping cloths not being stored in sanitizer solution between use. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal actions.

  • Absorbent sponge observed at 3 compartment sink.

  • (2 times repeat violation)Plastic cup without a handle found stored inside of bulk sugar container at front counter. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal actions.

  • (3 times repeat violation)Absorbent raw shell egg cartons used to line surface under grill weight at griddle. Failure to correct and maintain repeat violations could lead to legal action.

  • Facility observed washing and trying to re-use single use to go food containers.

  • (2 times repeat violation)Several surfaces at cook’s line observed lined with absorbent cardboard. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal actions.

  • Food and debris accumulation observed behind and under cook’s line equipment.

  • (5 times repeat violation)Water stained ceiling tiles in men’s restroom. Failure to correct and maintain repeat violations could lead to legal action.

  • Facility observed taping absorbent cardboard over grated vents on top exterior part of grease hood system.

  • (2 times repeat violation)Ceiling light outside of walk-in refrigerator lacking a light shield or shatter resistant bulbs. Failure to correct and maintain repeat violations could lead to legal action.