Katie’s Kitchen in Ronks slapped with 12 inspection violations; Moist light pinkish residue on the ice machine deflector plate

Katie’s Kitchen in Ronks slapped with 12 inspection violations; Moist light pinkish residue on the ice machine deflector plate

Ronks, PA

Katie’s Kitchen

RONKS, PA 17572

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 6/11/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Katie’s Kitchen was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 12 violations were found.

Katie’s Kitchen has failed to be found, “In Compliance” for two straight annual inspections:

Most Recent Inspection Inspection Type In Compliance    
04/05/2019 Follow-up In Violation(s) 1
04/03/2019 Regular Out Violation(s) 4

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

  • Food utensils (ice scoops)stored in a container of water which is not maintained at 135°F. (must be kept above 135 to prevent bacteria growth in water)
  • Food preparation observed under dirty ventilation vent and subject to potential contamination.
  • Ham loaf, hamburger was held at 50 °F, in the small refrigerator in the grill area area, rather than 41°F or below as required.*
  • Light is not covered or shielded in the upstairs walk-in cooler.
  • The Person-in-Charge is not performing the duties as required by the PA Food Code to actively manage food safety is this non-compliant facility.
  • Food Facility is using food (strawberry pies) prepared in an unapproved private home.
  • Observed water leaking from the soda carbonator pump and stagnant water build-up on the floor in the basement area.
  • Observed several holes in the ceiling dry wall in the basement and need repaired.
  • The metal plastic coated ice scoop holder is rusted and needs replaced.
  • The small refrigerator is not maintaining the minimum required temperature of 41 degrees F or less as required.*
  • Observed moist light pinkish residue on the ice machine deflector plate. Cleaned.
  • The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.

*The temperature danger zone is food temperatures between 41 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit and the most rapid bacteria growth occurs between 70 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The longer food sits in this temperature range, the greater the risk that bacteria will begin to grow on food. These violations are considered, "Food Borne Illness Risk Factor" violations.