Scrunchy on wrist, sweatshirt on prep table, Dark residue on can opener blade, Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Ephrata fails state inspection, 10 violations

Scrunchy on wrist, sweatshirt on prep table, Dark residue on can opener blade, Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Ephrata fails state inspection, 10 violations
Ephrata, PA

Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Ephrata

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 29, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Ephrata was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 10 violations were found.

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

The quaternary ammonia concentration in the sanitizing solution of the 3-bay ware wash sink was 100 ppm, rather than 200-400 ppm as stated on the manufacturers use directions.
Personal employee belongings, purse and sweat shirt stored on prep table.
Observed dried food residue in corners of 3 stored inserts. Repeat violation
Food handler wearing a (hair) scrunchy on wrist.
 Dark residue was noted on can opener blade.
Food handler not wearing a hair restraint.
Employees are unfamiliar using test strips to ensure correct sanitizer concentration.
Food facility does not have available  sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration
Hand washing sink across from salad Bain Marie is slow to drain.
A bottle of stored sanitizer hanging on shelf in storage room can no longer be identified – name has worn off.
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 inserts utensils on drying rack stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting). Repeat violation *

* 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  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.