State refuses to allow new Macungie restaurant Casa Catrina to open; “inspection indicates evidence of rodents/insect/roach activity,” 13 violations

State refuses to allow new Macungie restaurant Casa Catrina to open; “inspection indicates evidence of rodents/insect/roach activity,” 13 violations

Macungie, PA

Casa Catrina

1905 Brookside RD
Macungie, PA 18062

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/19/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Casa Catrina was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 13 violations were found. The inspector said:

This is an opening inspection of a retail food facility. Facility was a previous Mexican restaurant that changed ownership and name to this facility. Facility planning to
serve authentic Mexican foods, appetizers, tacos, etc with a full service bar.

Facility is currently out-of-compliance, and is NOT currently approved for operation. Inspector will return when the above issues have been corrected approximately
3/18/2020. If the above issues have been addressed and corrected before this date, the facility owner will call the inspector for an earlier inspection to determine the
compliance of the facility for operation to the public.

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

  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Food facility inspection indicates evidence of rodents/insect/roach activity in kitchen and ware-washing areas, but facility does have a pest control program.
  • Raw shelled eggs stored directly above produce in the walk-in refrigerator.
  • Various raw meats in the kitchen stand up refrigerator stored open with no covering.
  • Sponges observed in the ware-washing area being used to clean food contact surfaces.
  • Back service door located of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
  • Refrigerated, ready-to-eat time/temperature control for safety foods such as raw, cut produce, raw cut meats, sliced cheeses, etc, located in the walk-in refrigerator and held more than 24 hours is not being marked with the date it was opened.
  • Mop sink does not have an adequate air gap of at least 1 inch, between the water supply and detergent dispensing box and flood rim of the sink.
  • No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sink in both restroom areas to remind food employees to wash their hands. Corrected
  • Steaks are served raw or under cooked to the customer’s request; however, a written consumer advisory (on the menu, table tent, or placard) is not provided to the consumer.
  • Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible in under grill refrigeration units, walk-in refrigerator, and other stand-up refrigerators.
  • The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.
  • Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher was 0 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required. Discussed with PIC that service call must be placed for repair.
  • Thermometers for ensuring proper food temperatures are not calibrated and/or functioning properly in the stand up meat refrigerator in the kitchen area.