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40 violations at Philly’s Moonlight Lounge; Cat sleeping in prep area, Mouse feces, grease, and other debris observed along the floor perimeters in the prep areas

40 violations at Philly’s Moonlight Lounge; Cat sleeping in prep area, Mouse feces, grease, and other debris observed along the floor perimeters in the prep areas

Philadelphia, PA

MoonLight Cuisine Restaurant & Lounge

6834 LIMEKILN PIKE
Philadelphia, PA 19138
(215) 424-2090

Philadelphia’s Office of Food Protection conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 3/19/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the MoonLight Cuisine Restaurant & Lounge was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 40 violations were found. The restaurant remains open.

The inspection report identified the corporate officer as Stafford A. Fearon. Fearon also signed the inspection report and was identified as the person in change. His certification for as a food safety manager expires in May 2024.

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

  • Loose rodent bait pellets and blocks are along the floor perimeters in the food prep and basement areas – not stored within tamper resistant boxes.  New Violation.
  • Cat observed asleep under the dish machine in the food prep area.  New Violation.
  • Visible physical evidence of rodent (mouse feces) activity observed in the food prep areas.  New Violation.
  • The Person in Charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of the PA Food Code – unable to name 5 reportable foodborne illnesses.  New Violation.
  • Food faciliy does not have a Health Awareness Reporting Procedure for food employees – sample policy provided during the inspection.  Corrected On-Site.  New Violation.
  • 1. Employee observed washing a cooler inside of the handwash sink in the salad prep area instead of the designated warewash sink.
    2. Handwash sink in the salad prep area was blocked by equipment and not accesible at all times for employee use.  Corrected On-Site.  New Violation.
  • 1. No sign or poster posted at the handwash sink in the banquet hall area (bar and restrooms), main bar, and salad food prep area to remind food employees to wash their hands.
    2. Handwash sinks in both bar areas are not setup with soap and paper towels.  New Violation.
  • 1. Facility lacks an indirectly plumbed food prep sink to used to properly wash produce and thaw foods.
    2. Food storage containers that are in use unclean.
    3. Drinking ice in the bar area is dually used as a coolant for the soda cold plate.  New Violation.
  • Foods inside of the walk-in cooler and chest freezers observed uncovered.  New Violation.
  • Microwave cavities observed with food debris on the surfaces.  New Violation.
  • Soda gun nozzles in the bar area are unclean.  New Violation.
  • Potentially hazardous ready to eat foods, prepared in the food facility, located in the walk-in cooler, were not date marked.  New Violation.
  • Employee medicines and personal hygiene products observed in the food prep area, and were not stored to prevent the contamination of food, equipment or utensils.  New Violation.
  • Temperature measuring devices for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.  New Violation.
  • Thermometers are not available or readily accessible in some refrigeration equipment.  New Violation.
  • Rear door in the food prep has a gap along the bottom of the door – not protecting against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.  New Violation.
  • Food, bottled beverages, and food related equipment are not stored at least 6 inches above the floor in the prep areas, closets, and walk-in coolers.  New Violation.
  • Drinking ice in the bar area is dually used as a coolant for the soda cold plate.  New Violation.
  • Bowls in the food prep area are not inverted to prevent contamination – debris observed on surfaces.  New Violation.
  • 1. Multiple pieces of defective and unused equipment observed in the food prep, bar, and basement areas – chest freezers, meat saw, refrigerators, beverage coolers, microwaves, and exhaust hood.
    2. Dry food ingredients are speed in unapproved food containers – foods observed inside 5 gallon painter’s buckets.
    3. Plastic soda crates are used for elevation instead of approved dunnage racks.
    4. Interior surfaces of the walk-in cooler in the food prep area are damaged – floor and wall panels are damaged, door gaskets, and surfaces are repaired with unsealed wooden molding.
    5. Damaged chest freezer lids observed on in use equipment – lids are rusted, inverted, and not closing.
    6. Shelving throughout the facility and inside equipment is rusted and not in good repair.
    7. Charcoal grills (3) observed outside but not in use during the inspection.  New Violation.
  • Handwash sink and stainless steel wall panels in the food prep area are not properly sealed to the walls.  New Violation.
  • Cardboard lining observed on shelving in the food prep area.  New Violation.
  • 1. Unsealed wood observed in use in the food prep area – shelving over prep tables and interior surfaces of the walk-in cooler.
    2. Painted wooden door frame of the walk-in cooler is chipping and pitting.  New Violation.
  • Food facility lacks sanitizer test strips to monitor chlorine sanitizer concentration.  New Violation.
  • 1. Ice accumulation observed inside of the chest freezers.
    2. Shelving throughout the food prep area and inside walk-in coolers have an accumulation of food /grease residue.
    3. Wall and floor surfaces inside of the walk-in coolers are unclean.
    4. Mouse droppings observed on shelving in the basement
    5. Stagnant water and debris observed inside of the soda gun holsters.  New Violation.
  • Grease and static dust accumulation observed on the interior surfaces of the exhaust hood and food prep shelving.  New Violation.
  • Hot water heater (50 gallon) is used for both the facility and residential areas.  New Violation.
  • Mop sink to dispose of wastewater is not available.  New Violation.
  • Walk-in cooler condensation is draining into a bucket inside of the cooler instead of an approved indirect waste drain.  New Violation.
  • Wall and ceiling surfaces are damaged in the first floor toilet facilities – holes and gaps observed.
  • 1. Wall and ceiling surfaces are damaged in the first floor toilet facilities – holes and gaps observed.
    2. Unsealed wooden wall panel in the men’s toilet room.  New Violation.
  • Separate lidded receptacles for the disposal of women’s sanitary products are not available in the toilet rooms.  New Violation.
  • An excess of unused equipment and clutter observed in the side alley/trash area.  New Violation.
  • 1. Damaged floor, wall, and ceiling surfaces observed throughout the facility – exposed concrete walls in the food prep area, unsealed pipe penetrations in the walls of the food prep area, peeling paint, water damaged ceiling tiles, and several holes observed throughout the facility.
    2. Base coving is lacking along the floor-wall junctions in the food prep and dining areas.  New Violation.
  • 1. Mouse feces, grease, and other debris observed along the floor perimeters in the prep areas.
    2. Grease stained ceiling and wall surfaces in the food prep area.
    3. Water stained ceiling tiles in the dining area.
    4. Items unnecessary to the facilty’s operations observed cluttered in the food prep, basement, and closet storage areas creating a potential harborage area – remove items immediately.
    5. Stagnant grease waste observed around the base of the grease trap under the ware wash sink.  New Violation.