Inspection County Market in Grove City; Pot and pan detergent as to wash fruits & vegetables, 9 violations

Inspection County Market in Grove City; Pot and pan detergent as to wash fruits & vegetables, 9 violations

Grove City, PA

County Market


The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 7/20/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the County Market in Grove City was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 9 violations were found.

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

  • Mops are not being hung to air dry. Observed a mop stored in a bucket of soiled water, in back storage area. PIC removed the mop to air dry and discarded the soiled water upon discovery.
  • Store prepared and packaged ‘Ground Ham Loaf’ observed to not have required full ingredient labeling, to include all sub-ingredients. Observed olives packed into plastic containers as grab’n go at the olive bar. Packages are not labeled properly with ingredient statement, net weight, or distributed by statement. A repeat violation of similar nature from previous inspections conducted on 6/20/18 and 6/20/19. Food item labeling from the previous inspection report have been corrected.
  • Produce for sale in retail sales floor area display, stored on display grates, food contact surfaces, were observed to have slimy residue, accumulated food debris, and were not clean to sight and touch.
  • Food facility is using pot and pan detergent as a fruit & vegetable wash, as per discussion with employee who was observed cutting melons, not approved in the Code of Federal Regulations for this use. The pot and pan detergent is not designed or approved for use as a fruit and vegetable wash. Facility to immediately cease this practice.
  • Observed consumer self-service display of peeled baby carrots without sneeze guards or other effective protection. PIC removed the items from sale after discussion.
  • Severely dented #10 can of tomato sauce observed in the retail sales floor area. PIC removed the item from sale during the inspection.
  • Several raw animal foods were stored above ready to eat foods in the retail sales floor area. Observed containers of shredded and sliced cheese below raw meat in consumer self-service display case.
  • Observed deli items to be labeled with an eight (8) day discard date, rather than a seven (7) day discard date. Facility was not counting the date of prep as the first. Observed a partial package of chicken with two (2) labels and two (2) sell by / discard dates of 7/17 and 7/27. An employee stated that when they re-wrap the deli items, a new label is printed with a new discard date added. Product labeling was corrected on-site. Discussed the seven (7) day discard date marking requirement and ensuring that products are not marked with a discard date that extend past the manufacturers original sell by date.
  • Observed a thick accumulation of dust on the back side of the dairy walk-in cooler evaporator unit. Showed PIC what needs clean with inspection mirror and flashlight. An employee cleaned the evaporator during the inspection.