28 violations; Marco Polo Restaurant and Bar in Elkins Park fouls 10th straight Health Department inspection

28 violations; Marco Polo Restaurant and Bar in Elkins Park fouls 10th straight Health Department inspection

Elkins Park, PA

Marco Polo Restaurant and Bar

8080 OLD YORK RD A-2
ELKINS PARK, PA 19027

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/19/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Marco Polo Restaurant and Bar was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 28violations were found and include one or more violations determined to be food borne illness risk factors.

This inspection marks the 10th straight, “Out of Compliance” inspection for Marco Polo Restaurant and Bar:

  • September 21, 2016- 10 violations
  • March 7, 2017- 13 violations
  • August 28, 2017- 12 violations
  • May 9, 2018- 11 violations
  • October 23, 2018- 25 violations
  • November 9, 2018- 8 violations
  • March 13, 2019- 17 violations
  • September 24, 2019- 32 violations
  • October 9, 2019- 9 violations

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

  • Food operational license posted found to be expired. Facility must locate current license and post in public view or request a duplicate copy from MCOPH.
  • Employee observed eating behind bar.
  • Employee beverage containers stored above customer foods in 2 door tall refrigerator.
  • Hand wash reminder signs lacking at bar hand wash sink and cook’s line hand wash sink.
  • Tags for shellfish are not stored with product until all are sold/served.
  • Tags for shellfish do not have date of last sale/service written on tag.
  • Raw chicken above fish in grill area drawer refrigerator.
  • Can opener blade with dried accumulation.
  • TCS foods recorded with internal temperatures of 47F-54F in bar refrigerator and desert refrigerator. Facility voluntarily discarded butter, whipped cream, horseradish, cannoli cream, and blueberry sauce during inspection.
  • (3 times repeat violation)Un-labeled chemical bottles observed at bar, un-labeled hand soap squeeze bottles at hand sinks at bar and cook’s line. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal action.
  • Left bar 3 door refrigerator recorded with an ambient temperature of 51F. Facility voluntarily discarded all TCS foods. Facility must immediately stop using the unit. Facility may not use the unit until serviced by licensed professional, AND unit is operating at 41F or below, AND written permission is granted by MCOPH. Fax service report to 215-784-5524 or to the email provided. Failure to comply or await permission before using unit may lead to legal action.
  • Tall dessert refrigerator recorded with an ambient temperature of 48F. Facility voluntarily discarded all TCS foods. Facility must immediately stop using the unit. Facility may not use the unit until serviced by licensed professional, AND unit is operating at 41F or below, AND written permission is granted by MCOPH. Fax service report to 215-784-5524 or to the email provided. Failure to comply or await permission before using unit may lead to legal action.
  • Facility lacking a probe thermometer to take internal food temperatures.
  • Employee personal foods stored above customer foods in 2 door tall refrigerator and bar refrigerator.
  • Foods stored on floor of walk-in refrigerator.
  • Lettuce wrapped in absorbent linen at salad prep refrigerator.
  • Wet wiping cloths observed under cutting boards in kitchen.
  • (4 times repeat violation)Interior of ice scoop holder at ice machine observed with residue accumulation. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal action.
  • (2 times repeat violation)Single use condiment containers used as scoops and stored in food products, lacks handles. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal action.
  • Facility found to be re-using empty food containers to store secondary foods (ricotta cheese containers, lemon juice bottles, etc). Facility must store all foods in food grade re-usable containers.
  • Shelving at griddle area observed lined with absorbent linens.
  • Fan guards of walk-in refrigerator observed with dust/mold-like accumulation with dust accumulation on shelving in front of fans.
  • Floor grout at prep sink area with embedded debris and stagnant water build-up.
  • Employee restroom lacking covered trash can.
  • Carpet material mats observed behind bar on floor.
  • (3 times repeat violation)Damaged and loose floor tiles in middle section of bar. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal action.
  • (5 times repeat violation)Ice accumulation observed on condenser unit and dripping down from pipe in walk-in freezer. Facility must send work order repair receipt to fax or email provided. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal action.
  • Grease, dust, and soot accumulation observed on grease hood system and fixtures on cook’s line.