Health Department Consumer Alert for TJ Buffet Sushi And Grill in the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills following inspection

Health Department Consumer Alert for TJ Buffet Sushi And Grill in the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills following inspection

Tarentum, PA

TJ Buffet Sushi And Grill

Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills
590 Pittsburgh Mills Cir,
Tarentum, PA 15084

The Allegheny County Health Department’s Food Safety Program conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 8/7/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations TJ Buffet Sushi And Grill was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 13 violations were found.

According to the Health Department the restaurant was put into a “Yellow” or Consumer Alert status following this inspection stating:

Unsafe cooling of prepared foods; Unsafe holding temperatures of foods requiring temperature maintenance for safety; Facilities unable to maintain safe temperatures; Inadequate sanitization; Lack of probe thermometer; Failure to disclose risk for consumption of raw foods.*

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

  • No disclosure on menu for risk associated with sushi and other raw seafood products.
  • Deflector plates of the two ice machines have a mold like substance on them
  • *Medium Risk*  Walk-in cooler had numerous time temperature controlled for safety (TCS) foods at unsafe cooling temperatures using unsafe methods such as pans greater than 4 inches deep and items tightly covered while in the cooling process.
  • *High Risk*
    – Cooked noodles were stored in covered and deep plastic bins between 50-70F
    – Cooked chicken was found covered in deep plastic containers between 49-61F
    All items prepared in the morning as stated by employees.
  • *High Risk*
    Several food items in walk-in cooler found greater than 41F:
    – Raw chicken was found at 60F
    – Shrimp was found at 50F
    – Watermelon at 49F
    – Sushi at 46F
    -Cooked egg rolls at 49F
    Cantaloupe on the buffet found at 57F. Maintain cut melons and other TCS items on the buffet at
    41F or below. Ensure that ice used to maintain temperature is higher than the food. The cold
    buffet was found with containers not touching the ice.
  • Internal air temperature of walk in-cooler found to be at 49F.  An unopened container of mayo in the back of the walk-in cooler, that had not been moved during the day was found at 48F.
  • TCS items that are held over 24 hours found without a discard date.  Date mark TCS foods with the date they are to be discarded
  • No thermometers were able to be provided when asked for one
  • Several (greater than 10) houseflies noted around buffet.
  • Fly paper found hanging from ceiling in areas where food prep is occurring, removed by employees. The rear screen door does not completely seal around the door opening, allowing pest (flies) to enter.
  • Flour bags, sushi rice bags, and plastic bins for rice near back have dispensing cups stored with their handles in the food.
  • Metal bowl stored directly on raw chicken in pan that was in 2-door standing cooler
  • Food in plastic shopping bags found in prep cooler
  • Ventilation hood for wok station has grease build up on it. Hood is being cleaned every 6 months when it should be getting cleaned every 3 months.
  • Covid-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses document is not posted .
    Note: They are observing safe 6 foot spacing guidelines and enforcing mask usage by employees and customers.

*Editor’s note: This story was updated at 11:47AM 8/10/2020 to reflect a statement issued by Allegheny County Health Department.