Market at Styer Orchards in Langhorne; used bread slicer that, “has many rodent droppings in it;” Employee blames vacant house across the street

Market at Styer Orchards in Langhorne; used bread slicer that, “has many rodent droppings in it;” Employee blames vacant house across the street

Langhorne, PA

Market at Styer Orchards

1121 WOODBOURNE RD
Langhorne, PA 19047

The Pennsylvania Chronicle late last week reported on the Market at Styer Orchards being cited for rodents including a food-borne risk factor identified by the Bucks County Health Department for:

The bread slicer (which has been used today per employees), that is located in the back deli prep room has many rodent droppings in it.

The Pennsylvania Chronicle Facebook page received this comment, starting a long exchange, from Joann Fetters:

I’ve known this business for 20 years and in those 20 years Styers has never been written up for a rodent problem. As many of you probably don’t know but across the street from Styers there was a big farm house that they took down, and after that is when the rodents appeared. The problem is being addressed. Exterminators have been there and cleaning and sanitizing the entire store. Please continue to come out and support this local business.

And just so your aware as per the health dept inspector yes she agreed that when the took that farm house and the mess that was over there down, before demolition they should have done the perimeter with poison so the mice don’t go anywhere else but of course Middletown Township don’t work that way. They don’t care. Just so your aware they were never written up for rodent problem in the past. And just so your aware this problem did not start till that area was demolished. So get your facts straight before you judge!

The Pennsylvania Chronicle confirmed with workers at the Market at Styer Orchards that Fetters is a current employee in the deli.  There is no indication in the Health Department report the inspector blamed the rodent infestation on the farm house across the street. In fact, the report cited a repeat violation saying;

There are piles of lumber and wood against the building outside behind the facility. Discard them or store them away from the building and off of the ground. They create harborage conditions for rodents and other vectors. Remove all droppings located inside the building and thoroughly clean all affected areas. Contact your exterminator for increased monitoring and service.  Repeat Violation

When it was pointed out to Fetters rodents infestations result from food being available she responded:

Do u know for a fact that that slicer is now clean and sanitized? And yes look up the stuff when large demolition is done what should be done around the perimeter. It comes up. If u look at the 17 other violations there were never rodents in the building. It said “potential harborage in stacks of wood” nothing was ever seen. And other violations were minor. As per owner Exterminators have been addressing the problem and things are cleaned up. Slicer has been taken apart and sanitized. So this mom and pop place is taking all the steps they need to clean it up.

In fact, The Market at Styer Orchards has a history of “Out of Compliance” inspections with numerous “food borne illness” risk factor violations according to The Philadelphia Inquirer website:

  • Mar 14, 2012 10 violations and in compliance as all 10 violations were “lack of good retail practices” violations
  • Sep 11, 2012- 19 violations with 3 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Sep 19, 2012- passes follow-up inspection with 2 violations classified as “lack of good retail practices” violations
  • Mar 11, 2013- 6 violations with 3 food borne illness risk factor violations
  • Mar 13, 2013- passes Epidemiology Inspection with 1 “lack of good retail practices” violation. “This inspection is conducted in response to a report received by this Department from an individual alleging that after eating apple crumb pie purchased from this facility, she and her husband became ill. A complete inspection was not conducted.”
  • Sep 24, 2013- 10 violations with 1 food borne illness risk factor violation.
  • Oct 3, 2013- passes follow-up inspection with 3 “lack of good retail practices” violations.
  • Mar 18, 2014- 11 violations with 3 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Apr 2, 2014- follow-up inspection with 4 violations including 1 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Sep 19, 2014- 15 violations with 3  food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Sep 29, 2014- passed follow-up inspection with 6 “lack of good retail practices” violations.
  • Mar 23, 2015- 8 violations with 2 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Sep 21, 2015- 8 violations with 1 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Mar 9, 2016- 13 violations with 5 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Sep 7, 2016- 7 violations with 3 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Mar 9, 2017- 10 violations with 6 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Sep 11, 2017- 9 violations with 2 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Mar 6, 2018- 7 violations with 4  food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Mar 15, 2018- passed with no violations this follow-up inspection
  • Sep 11, 2018- Notice to Health Department of small, brief fire.
  • Sep 20, 2018- 5 violations with 3 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Mar 11, 2019- 7 violations with 3 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Sep 16, 2019- 5 violations with 2 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • May 27, 2020 (see full story below) 3 violations following complaint with 1 food borne illness risk factor violation.

The Pennsylvania Chronicle contacted The Market at Styer Orchards for a comment yesterday. They have not replied to the request for comment.

 

The inspector made the following notes about the infestation:

The following areas in this facility have evidence of pest activity:
*back deli prep room; on shelves with condiments and canned goods, at floor/wall junctures, in cabinets under bread slicer, in corners
*in front deli service area by hot food prep at floor/wall junctures
*in cabinets under chili and soup hot holding units
*in bakery area; in cabinet under the hand sink across from the ice cream dipping cabinet, at floor/ wall junctures under the 3-compartment sink, behind and adjacent to the floor mixer
*under, behind and adjacent to the prep table just outside of the walk-in freezer, 2×4 wall support in this area
*several doors and garage type doors to the outside from this facility are left open; close them and keep them closed; install door sweeps at the bottoms of all doors to the outside where there are significant air gaps (1/4″ gaps), to eliminate the gaps

Inspection at Market at Styer Orchards in Langhorne; Pest activity in back deli, shelves, cabinets, front deli, bakery area, outside freezer