Sonny’s Grille fouls 2nd 2020 inspection in Belle Vernon; Rodent activity in bar area and storage closet, prep and line coolers and freezer have excessive food splatters/debris

Sonny’s Grille fouls 2nd 2020 inspection in Belle Vernon; Rodent activity in bar area and storage closet, prep and line coolers and freezer have excessive food splatters/debris

Belle Vernon, PA

Sonny’s Grille

730 Rostraver Rd
Belle Vernon, PA 15012
(724) 929-5007

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 4/16/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Sonny’s Grille was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 7 violations were found.

Sonny’s Grill was found, “Out of Compliance” following a complaint inspection in January with the inspector remarking, “Food facility inspection indicates evidence of rodent activity in smaller bar area and storage closet, but facility does not have a pest control program.”

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

  • Interior/exterior of prep and line coolers and freezer have excessive food splatters/debris present. Front of grated grill has heavy black build up. Top of dish machine has debris. Box fan in dish room has heavy dust/grime build-up. Needs a thorough cleaning. REPEAT VIOLATION (10-3-18, 4-12-19)
  • Small amount of build up on front of ice machine drop plate. Interior of one line microwave has dried on splatters.
  • Food facility inspection indicates evidence of rodent activity in smaller bar area and storage closet.
  • Floors in hard to reach areas in prep and dish room and under equipment/shelving have excessive dirt/debris build up. REPEAT VIOLATION (10/3/18, 4/12/19, 10/16/19, 1/28/20)
  • Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food (cheese, pepperoni,sausage) located in the prep cooler and held more than 24 hours are not being marked with the date it was opened.
  • Observed vacuum packaged tuna thawing in the walk-in cooler without removing the fish from the vacuum packaging first. REPEAT VIOLATION (4-12-19) (see explanation below)
  • Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the cook’s line area. One light shield is cracked. REPEAT VIOLATION (4-12-19, 10-16-19)

Labeling on frozen fish products in Reduced Oxygen Packaging (ROP) packaging will state: The fish should be kept frozen until time of use and prior to the fish being thawed under refrigeration or prior to or immediately upon completion of thawing, the fish should be removed from the packaging. By opening the packaging when thawing the vacuum packaged fish, oxygen is present and the spores will not produce the vegetative cells that produce the toxin.

What’s the concern? Clostridium botulinum and Listeria monocytogenes are the bacteria of primary concern when thawing vacuum packed fish. By opening the packaging when thawing the vacuum packaged fish, oxygen is present and the spores will not produce the vegetative cells that produce the toxin.

Learn more about this issue from Michigan State University when you click or tap this article: Open your vacuum packed fish before thawing