Possible food borne illness report sends inspectors to Wendy’s in Huntingdon Valley; 6 violations cited

Possible food borne illness report sends inspectors to Wendy’s in Huntingdon Valley; 6 violations cited

Huntingdon Valley, PA

Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers

733 Huntingdon Pike
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on June 12, 2020 following receipt of a complaint involving a food borne illness report. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers 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.

The inspector noted in the report:

Inspection conducted based on a complaint that was received regarding a possible foodborne illness. Discussed with person-in-charge, proper handwashing, glove use with ready-to-eat foods, exclusion of ill employees, and prevention of contamination during food storage and handling.

The restaurant has passed on inspection since October 2016. The passed inspection was a follow-up inspection to an inspection the restaurant failed to pass according to reports in The Philadelphia Inquirer:

  • Oct 20, 2016- 9 violations including 4 food borne risk factor violations
  • Jun 5, 2017- 4 violations including 1 food borne risk factor violation for, “Lacking soap at 2 hand sinks in kitchen.”
  • Jul 13, 2018- 7 violations including 4 food borne risk factor violations, one of which was, “No soap provided at the drive through hand wash sink.”
  • Sep 17, 2018- Inspection following complaints finds 4 violations including 1 food borne risk factor violation
  • May 10, 2019- 6 violations including 2 food borne risk factor violations
  • May 15, 2019- follow-up to May 10 inspection; passes with ZERO violations

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

  • Some food handlers were observed with wearing masks below their mouths.
  • Facility posting expired photo copy of MCOPH food operators license. Facility must obtain original copy or apply for a duplicate cert with 48 hours.
  • Hand soap lacking at food prep and mens restroom hand sink. COS
  • Food handler lacking hair/beard restraint. COS
  • Tomato slicer at food prep area stored in hand sink basin. Item cleaned and sanitized. COS
  • Soda in boxes stored under food prep areas hand sink. COS
  • Several floor tiles missing or damaged mop sink floor basin.