Peking Garden in Greensburg fouls inspection; 8 violations, “Black filth, pink slime observed on the interior of the ice machine bin and around water distribution tubing, freeze plate and discharge chute. DO NOT USE. Please empty ice machine COMPLETELY!!”

Peking Garden in Greensburg fouls inspection; 8 violations, “Black filth, pink slime observed on the interior of the ice machine bin and around water distribution tubing, freeze plate and discharge chute. DO NOT USE. Please empty ice machine COMPLETELY!!”

Greensburg, PA

Peking Garden

1136 E PITTSBURGH ST
GREENSBURG, PA 15601
724-838-1498

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture¬† conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 4/14/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Peking Garden was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 8 violations were found.

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

  • Food facility is reusing single use carry out bags as storage for raw food inside walk in cooler and freezer, which is intended to be a single-service or single-use article.
  • Slicer was observed with a heavy accumulation of dried food on blade and blade guard.
  • Black filth, pink slime observed on the interior of the ice machine bin and around water distribution tubing, freeze plate and discharge chute. DO NOT USE. Please empty ice machine COMPLETELY!! Wash, Rinse and Sanitize all parts and allow to air-dry before refilling. This machine WAS NOT cleaned during the time of this inspection and bagged ice will be utilized until approval is obtained.*
  • Wiping clothes being air dried throughout facility on counters, and may subject food, utensils, or equipment to contamination.
  • Cut raw chicken observed thawing at room temperature on the counter in prep area, which is not an approved thawing method.
  • Food facility has a reminder statement on the menu for foods that are / or could be served raw or undercooked to the consumer; however, does not clearly disclose which foods the reminder statement applies to.
  • Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Observed clean equipment on warewash storage shelves and prep shelves above sink area stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting*). 3RD REPEAT VIOLATION (4/2/18 & 4/26/19)

*Editor’s note: All comments in support of violations are verbatim what the inspector wrote in the report and are not editorial comments by The Pennsylvania Chronicle.

*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.