P. F. Changs in Collegeville bumbles 7th straight inspection; Reduced oxygen packaged fish observed thawing in vacuum packaging

P. F. Changs in Collegeville bumbles 7th straight inspection; Reduced oxygen packaged fish observed thawing in vacuum packaging

Collegeville, PA

P. F. Changs China Bistro

10 Town Center DR
Collegeville, PA 19426

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 6/26/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the P. F. Changs China Bistro was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 6 violations were found and include one or more violations determined to be food borne illness risk factors.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer this latest inspection is the seventh time in a row the restaurant has not been, “In Compliance” during an inspection;

  • Mar 17, 2017-  9 violations with 3 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Oct 24, 2017- 8 violations with 4 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • May 29, 2018- 12 violations with 4 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Oct 25, 2018- 6 violations with 1 food borne illness risk factor violation.
  • Apr 22, 2019- 6 violations with 2 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Oct 15, 2019- 7 violations with 3 food borne illness risk factor violations.

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

  • Back kitchen hand sink lacking paper towels.
  • (2 times repeat violation) Reduced oxygen packaged fish observed thawing in vacuum packaging. Fish must be removed from packaging before thawing. PIC opened packages for fish to finish thawing. (see note below)
  • 3Food uncovered in walk-in cooler. Cover to prevent contamination.
  • Facility lacking test strips or waterproof thermometer for high-temp dish machine. Provide.
  • Floors unclean throughout under equipment. Ceiling tiles, vents, and light shields unclean with dust-like buildup. Clean.
  • Hood filters unclean with grease-like buildup. Clean.

Labeling on frozen fish products in Reduced Oxygen Packaging (ROP) packaging will state: The fish should be kept frozen until time of use and prior to the fish being thawed under refrigeration or prior to or immediately upon completion of thawing, the fish should be removed from the packaging. By opening the packaging when thawing the vacuum packaged fish, oxygen is present and the spores will not produce the vegetative cells that produce the toxin.

What’s the concern? Clostridium botulinum and Listeria monocytogenes are the bacteria of primary concern when thawing vacuum packed fish. By opening the packaging when thawing the vacuum packaged fish, oxygen is present and the spores will not produce the vegetative cells that produce the toxin.

Learn more about this issue from Michigan State University when you click or tap this article: Open your vacuum packed fish before thawing