Oxford Valley Outback Steakhouse fouls inspection; Knives designated as clean were found to contain dried food residue

Oxford Valley Outback Steakhouse fouls inspection; Knives designated as clean were found to contain dried food residue

Fairless Hills, PA

Outback Steakhouse

650 Commerce Blvd
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
215-377-9479

The Bucks County Department of Health conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 4/3/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Outback Steakhouse was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 3 violations were found.

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

  • 1. Wares (knives) designated as clean were found to contain dried food residue.
    Affected wares were removed to ware washing area.

    2. Several Lexan containers, on the clean wares rack, contained labels or label remnants. All labels and associated residue must be removed prior to ware washing to prevent contamination when nested.

    3. The bar area high-heat mechanical dishwasher is not reaching required temperature for wash and rinse cycles.
    Unit is not currently being used as the bar is closed. Ensure equipment is reaching temperature (150°F wash, 180°F final rinse) as specified on the manufacturer’s plate, before using to clean wares.  Corrected On-Site.  New Violation.

  • Clean wares were found to be stacked while still wet. (Wet nesting*)
    Clean equipment and utensils shall be stored covered or inverted, and in a self-draining position that allows air drying.
    CFSM removed affected wares to ware washing area.  Corrected On-Site.  New Violation
  • The top of, and ground surrounding, the grease dumpster contains grease spillage and build-up.
    Clean, remove excess grease and maintain.  New Violation. To be Corrected By: 04/10/2020

*Wet nesting refers to the practice of placing two recently-washed items together in a nested fashion, preventing proper airflow. In a moist, dark, low-air environment, unseen bacteria grows unchecked, and suddenly that mixing bowl is a biological incident waiting to happen. Even at high temperatures, the food or ingredients you place on that wet-nested kitchen equipment can act as an accidental insulator, or even as fuel for further bacterial growth.