Pittsburgh Bruegger’s Bagel ordered to CLOSE; Employee found to be actively cleaning sewage backup, tracking debris throughout facility

Pittsburgh Bruegger’s Bagel ordered to CLOSE; Employee found to be actively cleaning sewage backup, tracking debris throughout facility

Pittsburgh, PA

Bruegger’s Bagel

1719 Murray Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

The Allegheny County Health Department’s Food Safety Program conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 6/4/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Bruegger’s Bagel was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 7 violations were found.

Allegheny County issued an advisory stating:

While responding to a service request from the Fire Department regarding a triggered carbon monoxide alarm, an onsite investigation was conducted. The facility had been closed to the public upon arrival; however, the subject facility was ordered to close due to an active sewage back-up in the basement, lack of hot water to the entire food facility, sewage being tracked throughout the facility, and failure to notify the ACHD Food Safety Program of an emergency occurrence.

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

  • Employee in charge of kitchen found to be actively cleaning sewage backup, tracking debris throughout facility. All floors in facility must be cleaned and sanitized prior to opening.
  • No hot water in facility- Plumbers on site installing a new water heater during inspection.
  • Active sewage backup in basement. Compost mostly of sesame seeds and other organic material.
    -Severe sewage odor.
    -Evidence (stains on the floor) suggests that backups occur often. Employee stated backups occur sometimes after heavy rainfall.
    -Have a professional plumber investigate cause of backup.
    There is no grease receptor in this facility.
  • Gas company on site during inspection. Carbon monoxide readings detected. Believed source is kettle.
  • Certified food safety manager in charge, failure to notify health department of hot water outage and sewage in the basement.
  • Old food debris on floors beneath equipment, in preparation area and on the stairs to the basement
  • Inadequate light in the kitchen. More than 50% of the bulbs are burnt out. Replace to provide adequate light in kitchen.