Roach activity continues at Teikoku Restaurant in Newtown Square; fouls 4th inspection in 2020

Roach activity continues at Teikoku Restaurant in Newtown Square; fouls 4th inspection in 2020

Newtown Square, PA

Teikoku Restaurant

The Chester County Health Department conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 6/18/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Teikoku Restaurant was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 4 violations were found.

The restaurant has been inspected an unusual number of times by the Health Department with checkered results:

03/10/2020 Follow-up In Violation(s) 2
02/28/2020 Follow-up Out Violation(s) 2
02/13/2020 Follow-up Out Violation(s) 3
02/03/2020 Regular Out Violation(s) 9
03/29/2019 Follow-up In  
03/06/2019 Follow-up In Violation(s) 1
02/22/2019 Follow-up Out Violation(s) 3
02/13/2019 Follow-up In Violation(s) 1
01/30/2019 Regular Out Violation(s) 7

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

  • Thoroughly clean the interior and exterior of all equipment and surfaces along the mainline. Pull equipment out from walls to ensure all areas are cleaned sufficiently.
  • Install new vinyl-faced drop ceiling tiles around the perimeters of the hoods in the mainline kitchen area.
  • Re-caulk and/or tightly attach any loose steel wall panels and transition panels under the hood area to eliminate any vector* harborage.
  • Clean all floor drains and air gaps along the mainline kitchen and ware washing area. Drains must be clean and free of standing water.
  • Exterior openings are not protected against vector entry. Two exterior doors in kitchen area observed propped open. A storm door in kitchen area has damaged screens. Keep exterior doors and windows closed unless screens are provided which are in good repair.
  • Roach activity is still present in facility, mostly along the mainline hood area. Today, roaches were observed in multiple pest traps but were not seen crawling around. Most recent pest control report noted that roach activity is continuing despite the on-going treatments. Facility must continue to take measures to control, reduce and eliminate roaches. Complete/continue the following: * Certified pest control operator must service 2-4 times per month. Submit pest reports to Department * Maintain facility surfaces, plumbing and food service equipment in clean condition and good repair * Inspect incoming shipments for vectors * Keep all foods covered in storage * Eliminate standing water and other harborage conditions * Keep exterior openings closed/sealed * Remove any/all roaches (if found) and disinfect the affected area.

*Vector refers to rodents and insects.

Teikoku Restaurant in Newtown Square fails 2nd inspection this month; Live and dead roaches observed in bait station, roach activity along mainline area