Chesco Health Dept CLOSES Westtown Dunkin’ Donuts; Failed to notify of imminent health hazard and cease operations

Chesco Health Dept CLOSES Westtown Dunkin’ Donuts; Failed to notify of imminent health hazard and cease operations

West Chester, PA

Dunkin’ Donuts in Westtown


The Chester County Health Department conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on DATE. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Dunkin’ Donuts in Westtown was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 1 violations were found.

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

  • The Person in Charge failed to notify the Department of an imminent health hazard and cease operations.
  • See “Published Comments” below.

The facility has an on-lot septic system with tanks, a pump station and an absorption system. The absorption station was located by Eldredge Septic Management
Services on 8/26/2019. The absorption area is located in a field/wooded area off of Route 352 (S. Chester Road) between SS Simon and Jude Church and Wickerton
Drive. During a site visit to the absorption area on 2/20/2020 by Ryan Oxenford, SEO CCHD¶s Water and Sewage Division, effluent was observed surfacing on the ground
in two areas. Dye packs were then placed in the sewage system at the facility on 2/21/2020. A follow-up inspection of the absorption area and the facility was conducted
on 2/24/2020. At the absorption area, sewage was observed on the ground with a slight tint from the dye packs. At the facility, it was also reported by persons on site that
throughout the weekend occasionally green dye would appear in the toilet.

Facility is currently in violation of Subsections 5-402.13 and 5-403.11 of the 2017 FDA Model Food Code-the facility may not operate in a manner that causes sewage to
discharge onto the ground. After reviewing reports from Eldredge and yesterday’s observations, facility must make all necessary repairs to fix the malfunction.
As a result, the Dunkin Donuts facility must cease food service operations immediately so as not to cause additional effluent on the ground.

Have the septic tanks pumped immediately and any other repairs done to prevent sewage from going onto the ground. Forward all pumping receipts to this Department.
Facility may not reopen until an inspection by this Department confirms tanks have been pumped and no effluent is present on the ground.

Failure to comply will result in the filing of Non-Traffic Citations in District