Bellefonte’s Zion Mart bumbles inspection; Approx 200 old, dried rodent droppings on shelves under self serve milk shake machine

Bellefonte’s Zion Mart bumbles inspection; Approx 200 old, dried rodent droppings on shelves under self serve milk shake machine

Bellefonte, PA

Zion Mart

1896 E COLLEGE AVE
BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
814-383-4100

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 3/13/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Zion Mart was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 8 violations were found.

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

  • TCS food was held at 58*, in the Gran N’ Go cooler next to the chip display, rather than 41°F or below as required. Agent checked internal temperature of a turkey and cheese sandwich (62°F) and sausage and cheese stick (60°F) with a Cooper Digital and a Rubbermaid Dial thermometer. Temperatures were verified by Cathy, an employee.
  • A thermometer for monitoring TCS foods was not available.
  • Soap was not available at the hand wash sink in the food prep area.
  • Observed the ventilation vents above single service items in the rear storage area have a heavy build up of static dust and need cleaning.
  • Lights are not shielded or shatterproof over the single service items in the dry storage area.
  • No ambient air temperature measuring device for ensuring proper food storage temperature in the Grab N’ Go cooler next to the chip display.
  • Food facility does not have available chlorine sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration
  • Observed approximately 200 old, dried rodent droppings on the shelves under the self serve milk shake machine.
  • Potential rodent harborage areas on the exterior of the building perimeter observed in rear of building due to old shelving, crates and refuse piled up against building.

 

* The temperature danger zone is food temperatures between 41 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit and the most rapid bacteria growth occurs between 70 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The longer food sits in this temperature range, the greater the risk that bacteria will begin to grow on food.