Sofiabella Pizzeria in Bensalem fumbles inspection; 10 day old cooked peppers not discarded, Masks must be worn, hand washing violation

Sofiabella Pizzeria in Bensalem fumbles inspection; 10 day old cooked peppers not discarded, Masks must be worn, hand washing violation

Bensalem, PA

Sofiabella Pizzeria


The Bucks County Department of Health conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 7/24/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Sofiabella Pizzeria was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 9 violations were found.

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

There is no food safety manager certified by this Department (CFSM) on duty as required. A CFSM must be on duty at all times the facility is open and/or food is being prepared.

A completed application(SA-71)for CFSM for Allan must be submitted to the Department.  New Violation.

All employees must wear a mask at all times as required by the orders of the Governor and the Secretary of Health of PA. Repeated violations may result in regulatory fee of $220 for noncompliance.  New Violation.
Employee drinks stored over food prep surface and on food prep surface. Employee drinks must be in closed containers in area not used for food prep. Care must be taken to prevent contamination of hands, food, and the container itself. Cups with lids and straws are best.  New Violation.

Employee observed rinsing hands with no soap in ware washing sink when asked to put on gloves to chop ready-to-eat (RTE) food. 

New Violation.

Employee was observed cutting RTE food (lettuce) without gloves.  New Violation.
Lunch meat was measured at a temperature of 52 °F. Ensure that food is already at or below 41 °F placing in top of prep unit. Food was discarded by employee.  Corrected On-Site.  New Violation.
Containers of cooked peppers were marked with a date of 7/14. This ready to eat potentially hazardous food should have been discarded 7 days after preparation (7/20, prep day is Day 1).  New Violation.

Dishwasher sanitizer was empty. Employee replaced sanitizer but line needed to be primed for it to work.

Chlorine bleach solutions for wares and for surface wiping must be at 50 ppm in warm water.

All employees responsible for dishwashing must know how to use equipment properly and know how to use test strips to ensure that both mechanical and manual ware washing results in clean, sanitized wares.

New chlorine test strips are needed as those available had been wet before and some were not indicating properly. If Steramine tablets are used again in the future, buy appropriate test strips to ensure that quaternary sanitizer solutions are between 150-400 ppm in 75 °F water.  New Violation.

Repair leaking plumbing under 3-bay sink by 8/3/20.

Repair wall outside office (bottom corner left of door) and inside office by 8/25/20.

Detail clean under all equipment along walls to remove accumulated food debris and grease and prevent attraction of pests and/or disease vectors by 8/7/20.  New Violation. To be Corrected By: 08/03/2020