Inspection at River House Bar & Grill in Middletown; 13 violations, moldy citrus fruit, keeping food beyond 7 day use or sell by date

Inspection at River House Bar & Grill in Middletown; 13 violations, moldy citrus fruit, keeping food beyond 7 day use or sell by date

Middletown, PA

River House Bar & Grill

2495 E Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 5/11/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the River House Bar & Grill was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 13 violations were found.

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

  • Observed moldy citrus fruit kept in secondary walk-in cooler.
  • A food employee was observed cutting celery – a ready to eat food – with bare hands.
  • Observed food storage containers in the handwashing sink near the ware washing area, indicating uses other than handwashing.
  • Observed working butane torches stored directly next to and over top of food containers and clean dishes in the kitchen area.
  • An open beverage container was observed in the kitchen area, a food preparation area.
  • Observed french onion soup (4/29) and falafel (5/1) – both refrigerated, ready to eat time temperature control for safety foods – inside a bain marie within the kitchen area, were date-marked by the facility, but were beyond the 7-day use or sell by date and required discarding. Facility voluntarily discarded both items at the time of the inspection.
  • Microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have internal food residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • The quaternary ammonia concentration in the sanitizing solution of the 3-bay ware wash sink was observed at 50 ppm or less, rather than 200 ppm as stated on the manufacturers use directions.
  • Hood filters not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of grease.
  • Observed leak in spray nozzle at rinse sink near dishwasher.
  • Exterior door located in the kitchen area of the food facility has a gap and may not protect against the entry of insects and small rodents.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Observed wiping cloths and buckets in the kitchen area that were stated to be from the previous day.