Inspection Wendy’s in Middletown; 18 violations, black mold-like residue on deflector plate of ice machine, rust around the opening of the ice machine, both soda dispensing machines have residue accumulation

Inspection Wendy’s in Middletown; 18 violations, black mold-like residue on deflector plate of  ice machine, rust around the opening of the ice machine, both soda dispensing machines have residue accumulation

Middletown, PA

Wendy’s Restaurant

801 EISENHOWER BLVD
MIDDLETOWN, PA 17057
717-939-5566

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 8/4/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Wendy’s Restaurant on Eisenhower was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 18 violations were found.

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

  • Observed raw eggs (in shell) stored above tomatoes, lettuce and shredded cheese in the walk-in cooler.
  • Observed shredded cheese, sliced apples and sliced strawberries in the walk-in cooler not being date marked.
  • The following non-food contact surfaces were not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue and debris: – old food residue on the wall behind the food preparation table. – old food and debris on the floor behind the tables and racks throughout the food preparation table and dry storage racks. – old food residue accumulation in the rear corner of the facility nearest the co2 tank. – old grease, food residue and debris between and behind the fryers. – accumulation of debris and webbing in the bottom corner of the wall behind the ice machine. – black mold-like residue on the deflector plate of the ice machine. – rust around the opening of the ice machine. – dust accumulation on the ceiling of the walk-in cooler near the cooling unit.
  • Observed an active leak at the faucet/handles of the mop sink. Observed a leak at the faucet/handles of the food preparation sink when switching the flow from the sprayer to the faucet.
  • Observed dust accumulation on air vents above the ice machine and dry storage area.
  • Food employees observed in the kitchen area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers.
  • Observed boxes of food stored directly on the floor in the walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Observed a box of potatoes stored directly on the floor in the dry storage area nearest the kitchen, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.
  • The nozzles of both soda dispensing machines (dining area and drive-thru window) were observed to have residue accumulation and were not clean to sight and touch.
  • The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.
  • The handwash sinks located in the men’s and women’s restrooms do not have water at a temperature of at least 100°F.
  • Observed a ceiling tile in the dry storage area nearest the co2 tank out of place.
  • Observed sliced cheese, sliced tomatoes, lettuce leaves, guacamole and blue cheese crumble being held above 41°F. Initial temperatures were recorded using an infrared thermometer. The temperatures of all temperature controlled for safety foods within the top portion of the refrigerated sandwich preparation unit were noted to be 55°F or higher. A dial thermometer was calibration checked in the presence of Shirley Z (Manager) and was observed to be accurate at 32°F using ice water. A skewer of sliced tomatoes using the dial thermometer returned a reading of 64°F. Upon observing this reading, facility management voluntarily disposed of the temperature controlled for safety foods within the top portion of the unit. This included a bin of sliced tomatoes, 2 bins of lettuce leaves, a bin of guacamole, a bin of shredded cheese, and 2 bins of sliced cheese.
  • Observed the gauge of the cold hold unit used for storing hamburger patties to not be accurate within +/-3°F.
  • Water, as observed at the handwash sink in the men’s room, is not under adequate pressure during inspection.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Food employee observed in ware wash/food preparation/kitchen areas, wearing a watch.
  • Frozen foods observed not maintained in a frozen state in the upright single-door freezer in the kitchen area.
  • Mops are not being hung to air dry.