County threatens closure; Patel Food Market ordered to remove “bird-like animal” 23 violations for Montgomeryville store

County threatens closure; Patel Food Market ordered to remove “bird-like animal” 23 violations for Montgomeryville store

Montgomeryville, PA

Patel Food Market

705B BETHLEHEM PIKE
MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA 18936

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on December 16, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Patel Food Market was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 23 violations were found.

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

  • Open employee beverages stored amongst retail food items in dry storage room.
  • Fire extinguisher stored in container of sealed food products near rear receiving door. COS*
  • Dosa butter in retail refrigeration units not adequately labelled.
  • (3 times repeat) Facility rear receiving door does not repair an adequate seal. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to further legal action.
  • Live bird-like animal(s) observed in store. Facility must have professional pest control service remove bird within 24 hours. A 24-hour follow-up inspection will be conducted to ensure bird(s) are removed. – (Correct By: Dec 17, 2019)
  • (5 times repeat violation) Food stored on floor throughout facility. Elevate all foods a minimum of 6 inches from floor. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to further legal action. Repeat
  • (9x times repeat violation) Walk-in freezer observed overstocked with cases of food. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to further legal action. Repeat
  • Pallets of dry foods stored outside adjacent to facility. Facility stated that foods arrived earlier this morning. EHS instructed facility to begin moving pallets of food indoors immediately. A 24-hour follow-up inspection will be conducted to ensure that all items have been moved indoors. – (Correct By: Dec 17, 2019)
  • Employee personal belongings stored in contact with packages of food in rear storage area.
  • (3 times repeat violation) Facility observed lining shelving in retail area and storage areas with cardboard. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to further legal action. Repeat
  • (2 times repeat violation) Facility has constructed platforms out of raw wood to store products in retail area. Facility must finish wood surfaces with a minimum of semi gloss paint for the storage of food. At time of inspection some of the platforms were painted with proper seal. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to further legal action. Repeat
  • (2 times repeat violation) Bottom shelving in produce area damaged with raw wood exposed and lined with cardboard. Repair and seal with a minimum of semi-gloss paint. Facility stated they have contacted a construction company and would send invoice for proposed work to be done to fax or email provided at previous inspection. Facility failed to provide MCOPH with any documentation. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to legal action. Repeat
  • (2 times repeat violation) Frost accumulation observed in retail reach-in freezers. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to further legal action. Repeat
  • Food-like debris observed beneath shelving at retail reach-in refrigeration units.
  • Drip leak observed at mop sink faucet.
  • Dumpster lids open at time of inspection.
  • Multiple full pallets of romaine lettuce with a pack date of 11/19/2019 observed dumped in outdoor area behind facility. Facility instructed to immediately relocate items to dumpsters. A 24-hour follow-up inspection will be conducted to ensure that items have been properly discarded. – (Correct By: Dec 17, 2019)
  • Excessive refuse accumulation observed throughout outdoor area behind store.
  • (2 times repeat violation) Debris accumulation beneath shelving observed throughout facility. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to further legal action. Repeat
  • Wall damaged adjacent to rear receiving doors. Repair and seal with a minimum of semi-gloss paint.
  • Damage observed to exterior of facility above side doors. Facility given 24 hours to fully repair. Failure to repair within established deadline may lead to legal action, citation, and/or immediate closure until damage is repaired. – (Correct By: Dec 17, 2019)
  • Insufficient lighting observed in walk-in refrigerator. Facility has attempted to wire a construction-site style light, which is hung from condenser and is not functional. Facility is given 24 hours to remove this light. Facility must install sufficient lighting in unit. – (Correct By: Dec 17, 2019)

*Corrected on-site