Allentown’s Turner Street Market slapped with 15 violations; Rodent droppings present by sugar and flour, Three-bay sink is heavily encrusted with dirt, grime, and debris, deli case has a build up of dirt and grime

Allentown’s Turner Street Market slapped with 15 violations; Rodent droppings present by sugar and flour, Three-bay sink is heavily encrusted with dirt, grime, and debris, deli case has a build up of dirt and grime

Allentown, PA

Turner Street Market

1401 W Turner St
Allentown, PA 18102

Allentown Health Bureau conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 1/29/21. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Turner Street Market was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 15 violations were found.

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

  • Filled trash bags, cardboard, and other items to be discarded are stored inside the facility on the floor in the room with a faded “public bathroom” label. Store trash in a receptacle and maintain the general cleanliness of the room designated for garbage storage.
  • The base of the walls in the back of the facility where the walk-in and employee restroom are located lack coving. Install coving at the floor and wall juncture.
  • Mops are not being hung to air dry. Hang mops to air dry.
  • The deli case has a broken handle and several areas of broken or damaged frame. Repair the handle and frame so they are smooth and easy to clean.
  • Facility does not have a working three-bay sink to wash, rinse, sanitize, and air dry food contact surfaces, such as the slushy machine. Facility was instructed to discard remaining food in the slushy machine and not to use the slushy machine until the three-bay sink has been repaired.
  • Facility’s Food Employee Certification has expired. Facility has 7 days to schedule an approved food safety manager certification.
  • The floors in the room with the three-bay sink, the garbage storage room, the stockroom for the sodas, and the floor of the walk-in are not clean. Clean these floors.
  • Ceiling tiles and light shields throughout the facility are stained or damaged. Clean the light shields and repair or replace the missing and damaged ceiling ties.
  • The wall in the soda storage room had brown spots of residue. Clean the wall.
  • The ceiling in the dishwashing room, the wall and ceiling in the garbage storage room, and the hall to the soda storage room are severely damaged. Repair the walls and ceilings so they are smooth and easy to clean.
  • Rodent droppings present by sugar and flour on the store shelves. Clean these shelves and continue working with a professional pesticide company.
  • Tape is present on the handles of the deli case and on the exterior of the slushy machine under the spouts. Remove tape and repair surfaces so that they are smooth and easy to clean.
  • The back of the deli case has a build up of dirt and grime. The lower interior of the deli case has spilled juice and dirt throughout the lower level. Clean the exterior and interior of the deli case.
  • The handwash sink in the employee restroom leaks significantly from the pipes below the sink when the faucet is operating. Repair this sink so that it does not leak.
  • Flooring in the room with the three-bay sink is not durable, smooth, non-porous, non-absorbent. Finish installing or replace the flooring in the dishwashing room so that it is smooth and easy to clean and will not absorb water.
  • Bagged potatoes were stored less than 6 inches off of the floor in the front of the facility, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Staff moved potatoes to a higher shelf.
  • Three-bay sink is heavily encrusted with dirt, grime, and debris. One bay has dirty water in the drain and another has a drain completely blocked by debris from the ceiling. Clean and repair three-bay so that it is a functional sink for ware washing. Additionally, replace the faucet on the three bay so it is capable of dispensing water to all three bays.
  • Liquid and aerosol scented fresheners were stored above and next to foods items such as flour and sugar on the retail floor. Store chemicals separately or on a lower shelf from foods.