Health Department issues CONSUMER ALERT for Oriental Market in Ross Township just outside Pittsburgh; tried to conceal fish ordered to discard, 14 violations

Health Department issues CONSUMER ALERT for Oriental Market in Ross Township just outside Pittsburgh; tried to conceal fish ordered to discard, 14 violations

Pittsburgh, PA

Oriental Market

4768 McKnight Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

The Allegheny County Health Department’s Food Safety Program conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 6/25/2020 following receipt of a complaint. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Oriental Market was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 14 violations were found.

The Health Department issued the following statement as a Consumer Alert:

Unsound condition (approximately 8 crates of fish in the process of drying outdoors); unsafe cooling practices; foods requiring temperature control for safety held at unsafe temperatures; Inadequate facilities to prepare food; lack of convenient handwashing sink; lack of a Certified Food Protection Manager; cross-contamination not prevented; inadequate cleaning and sanitization.

It does not appear the Health Department ordered the Oriental Market closed from the Department’s report.

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

  • Eight crates of sliced fish sitting directly outdoors under no protection in parking lot next to hillside in parking lot. Flies observed on the fish carcasses. Fish was set out to be dried. Finished fish product was observed in the second to left reach-in cooler. All were discarded and denatured on site. When inspector requested all fish be discarded, operator was hesitant and placed only a portion of fish in the dumpster and concealed rest of the fish from inspectors in the walk-in cooler. Eventually discarded. REPEAT VIOLATION.
  • Drying or curing of meats without a HACCP plan or standard operating procedures. REPEAT VIOLATION.
  • Evidence of food preparation in an adjutant “kitchen.” May require submission of plans. This kitchen is adjacent to the storefront. There is no ventilation, handwashing facility, or commercial equipment. Room is lined with cardboard and newspaper- not suitable for safe food preparation.
  • Evidence of improper cooling in the walk-in cooler outside. Cooked duck wings with condensate present on the lid of containers.
  • Lack of cooling charts for prepared foods including cooked duck wings and pig’s blood.
  • Fish sitting outside noted at 62° F at 10:00 am. Fish was discarded during inspection.
  • Raw egg in left-most reach in cooler noted at 47° F .
  • Cooked pork buns in display case noted at 48° F . Operator states that these came in a shipment earlier in the morning, and item was placed under proper refrigeration upon the inspector’s request.
  • Uncovered tofu in right-most reach-in cooler noted at 45° F.
  • Duck livers thawing in 3-bowl sink not under running water. Fish thawing next to three bowl sink in standing water. No temperature violations.
  • Wooden crates lining the shelving of the reach in coolers blocking the air circulation in the units are not allowing the full air circulation in the units. Ambient temperature of right-most reach-in cooler noted at 44° F . Operator has agreed to remove shelving and consult a professional so that the units are in working condition during the summer months.
  • Thermometers in the reach-in coolers are out of calibration. Operator instructed on how to calibrate on site.
  • Lack of discard dates for foods prepared in advance including cooked duck wings.
  • Raw pork over ready-to-eat vegetables in the walk-in cooler.
  • Dried meat debris on knife hanging on magnetic strip in the food preparation area.
  • Utensils in the back kitchen area stored on grease trap interceptor.
  • No convenient handwashing sink in the back kitchen preparation unit.
  • Evidence of dish washing or food preparation in the handwashing sink next to the 3-bowl sink.
  • Lack of paper towels at handwashing sink in the meat slicing area.
  • Certified person in charge does not appear to be enforcing basic food safety principles.
  • Open tofu in the right-most display case,
  • Food stored on the floor of the walk-in cooler including vegetables, raw pork, and uncovered pig’s blood.
  • Bus pans observed outdoors in the garbage area.
  • Fish sauce in storage outdoors next to the dumpster area. REPEAT VIOLATION.
  • Food storage outdoors is a ongoing violation since 2012.
  • Styrofoam used under cutting board attached to dolly. Evident that Styrofoam was old as it was stuck in between cutting board and dolly.
  • Untreated wood lining the shelves of the reach-in coolers.
  • Soiled cardboard and newspapers in front of the wok in the back kitchen area.
  • Door of walk-in freezer outside not closing properly.
  • Excessive amounts of cardboard outdoors, dumpster overflowing, too many pallets to count. Increase pickup frequency. REPEAT VIOLATION. Correct or will be subject to possible civil penalty.
  • Unfinished walls in the utility closet next to the food preparation area.
  • Frying in the back kitchen area without ventilation.