Domino’s Pizza in Latrobe fouls inspection; 10 violations, employees not following proper handwashing procedure, eating in pizza prep station

Domino’s Pizza in Latrobe fouls inspection; 10 violations, employees not following proper handwashing procedure, eating in pizza prep station
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Latrobe, PA

Domino’s Pizza

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture¬† conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 4/23/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Domino’s Pizza was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 10 violations were found.

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

  • Observed inside walk-in-cooler door & floor with a heavy accumulation of black filth.
  • Walk-in-condensor vents were observed with a heavy accumulation of black filth and dust.
  • Food employees eating in pizza prep station as evidenced by observed partially consumed brownies in the prep area.
  • Food employees observed throughout facility, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as beard covers.
  • Food dispensing utensil in bulk corn meal container observed stored in the food and not with handle above the top of the food and the container.
  • Trash receptacles within the ware wash area that are not in immediate use are not covered properly.
  • 2 of 2 food employee were observed not follow proper handwashing procedure. Food employee did not wash hands for adequate amount of time of at least 20 seconds.
  • Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in reach in cooler equipment of the pizza prep area.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in warewash storage area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).*
  • New food facility in operation more than 90 days and has not employed a certified food employee as required.

*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.

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