Big Woody’s in Emmaus fouls inspection; 13 violations, insect activity in kitchen and ware-washing areas and no pest control program

Big Woody’s in Emmaus fouls inspection; 13 violations, insect activity in kitchen and ware-washing areas and no pest control program

Emmaus, PA

Big Woody’s

3941 CHESTNUT ST
Emmaus, PA 18049
610-821-8887

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 8/24/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Big Woody’s was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 13 violations were found.

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

  • The following nonn-food contact surfaces are not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt, soil, food-debris and spillage, mold-like and slime-like substances: -floors under dishwasher -exterior and interior of dishwasher -dish pre-rinse spray nozzle -exterior of all refrigerators, walk-ins and bain marie equipment -all walk-in cooler fan guards -ceiling of downstairs beer cooler
  • Screen door located in the rear kitchen area of the facility does not close properly and has a gap that does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals. REPEAT VIOLATION.
  • Various pizza toppings, sliced deli meats, and cheese were held at 57 °F, in the pizza prep bain marie area, rather than 41°F or below as required. DO NOT USE UNIT UNTIL IT CAN MAINTAIN TEMPERATURES BELOW 41F. Corrected by voluntary disposal of product stored longer than 4 hours and moving foods into walk-in cooler to lower temp if held less than 4 hours under conditions.
  • Food contact surface of pizza topping bain marie top is not smooth, easily cleanable and/or resistant to pitting, cracking or scratching. Facility has repaired this with duct tape, which is not an approved method of repair; in need of proper repair. REPEAT VIOLATION.
  • Grease hood filters above cook line area of the food facility are extremely dirty, dusty, show a large build-up of grease, and in need of cleaning.
  • Food Employees eating in cook line area as evidenced by observed partially consumed food.
  • Food employees observed in kitchen area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers.
  • Observed produce food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. REPEAT VIOLATION.
  • Interior metal sheeting of the upstairs walk-in cooler door is bent and lifting away from the door, creating a not smooth and easily cleanable surface. REPEAT VIOLATION.
  • Soda nozzles at server station and deli slicer, food contact surfaces, were observed to have food residue and were not clean to sight and touch. REPEAT VIOLATION.
  • Ceiling tiles missing in the cook line area, and need replaced.
  • Food facility inspection indicates evidence of insect (fly-like) activity in kitchen and ware-washing areas, but facility does have a pest control program.
  • Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in ware-washing area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting*).

*Wet nesting refers to the practice of placing two recently-washed items together in a nested fashion, preventing proper airflow. In a moist, dark, low-air environment, unseen bacteria grows unchecked, and suddenly that mixing bowl is a biological incident waiting to happen. Even at high temperatures, the food or ingredients you place on that wet-nested kitchen equipment can act as an accidental insulator, or even as fuel for further bacterial growth.