New Kensington Papa John’s forced to close, “Closure of the Food Establishment until such time the sanitizer is properly repaired and proper sanitation can occur”

New Kensington Papa John’s forced to close, “Closure of the Food Establishment until such time the sanitizer is properly repaired and proper sanitation can occur”

New Kensington, PA

Papa Johns Pizza

215 TARENTUM BRIDGE RD
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-335-1777

New Kensington City conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 3/18/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Papa Johns Pizza was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 3 violations were found.

Papa Johns was closed by city inspectors who stated in a report:

The person in charge stated that the report will be provided to the owner for review. General Manager states the sanitizer is broken and needs a part ordered. Employees on duty were using plain water to sanitize surfaces and utensils and were not aware.

3 critical violations observed during today’s inspection including inadequate sanitation of food contact surfaces. Closure of the Food Establishment until such time the sanitizer is properly repairs and proper sanitation can occur. Call after repairs are made.

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

  • Cheese and deli meats were held at 45°F, in the Pizza make cooler area, rather than 41°F or below as required.*
  • Hand sink in the kitchen was not working properly, no hot water due to leak.
  • The quaternary ammonia concentration in the sanitizing solution of the 3-bay ware wash sink was 0 ppm, rather than 200 ppm as stated on the manufacturers use directions.

* 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.