Gummlai Thai in Abington fails inspection, “Mice-like droppings observed throughout facility,” 10 times repeat violation says Health Department

Gummlai Thai in Abington fails inspection, “Mice-like droppings observed throughout facility,” 10 times repeat violation says Health Department

Abington, PA

Gummlai Thai


The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on February 3, 2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Gummlai Thai in Abington was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 19 violations were found and include one or more violations determined to be food borne illness risk factors.

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

  • Employee observed handling vegetables for garnishing with bare hands. Vegetables were voluntarily discarded, employee washed hands and used tongs to dispense vegetables on a new plate.
  • Leak observed on pipe under hand sink near backdoor. Facility has 24 hours to fix, a follow-up will occur within 24 hours.
  • Cutting board at prep sink observed with deep grooves and heavy discoloration.
  • TCS foods made on site such as soups, tofu, and dumplings held for more than 24 hours in walk-in refrigerator lacking date markings. Date marking labels should indicate the date by which the food shall be consumed on the premises, sold or discarded; date not to exceed 7 days.
  • (10 times repeat violation) Mice-like droppings observed throughout facility, under prep refrigerator, behind cook’s line, under 3-compartment sink, under 2-door reach-in freezer, etc. Droppings were also observed on shelf under prep table (next to prep refrigerator.), employee cleaned and sanitize area. Clean all affected areas immediately. Have licensed pest control company service area and send report within 10 business days to MCOPH. Report should state type of treatment and target pest. Fax# 215-784-5524, email provided. Note: Repeat violations may lead to legal actions and the issuance of a citation.
  • Dead mouse observed on glue trap under prep table (near floor drain). Employee removed glue trap at time of inspection.
  • Phone, glasses and other personal items observed stored on shelf adjacent to clean plates (above prep refrigerator). Removed at time of inspection.
  • Food handlers lacking hair restraint while cooking or serving food.
  • (Repeat violation) Silverware preset on dining room tables with food contact portions exposed.
  • Lacking test strips for chlorine sanitizer. Obtain immediately.
  • Sanitizer basin of 3-comaprtment sink observed blocked with dish racks and wiping cloth buckets.
  • Heavy ice accumulation, and food spillage observed at the bottom of reach-down freezer.
  • Dusty cooking grease observed on shelving above prep refrigerator.
  • Fan guards in walk-in refrigerator observed with dust accumulation.
  • Heavy grease and food debris accumulation observed on floor under cooking equipment at cook’s line.
  • Food debris such as rice, noodles, and other food items observed accumulating under prep table and prep refrigerator at cook’s line. Debris accumulation also observed under 3-compartment sink and 2-door reach-in freezer. Clean and sanitize.
  • Wet mop stored directly in mop sink and not hanging up to air dry.
  • Floor at entrance of walk-in refrigerator observed with deteriorated cement, not providing a smooth surface. Some floor areas were also observed with detached vinyl type material. Provide a surface that is smooth, non-porous, and easily cleanable.
  • Dripping grease observed coming from hood filters and extending to the wall. EHS will contact Abington Fire Department and will inform of findings.