Vallozzi’s Restaurant in Greensburg bumbles inspection; Black filth observed on the interior of the ice machine bin underneath at discharge chute, ordered use bagged ice, 9 violations

Vallozzi’s Restaurant in Greensburg bumbles inspection; Black filth observed on the interior of the ice machine bin underneath at discharge chute, ordered use bagged ice, 9 violations

Greensburg, PA

Vallozzi’s Restaurant

855 Georges Station Rd
Greensburg, PA 15601

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture¬† conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/25/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Vallozzi’s Restaurant was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania 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:

  • Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety whole deli meats and cheeses, located in the walk in cooler, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened.
  • Data plate summarizing operating specifications is unreadable. A ware washing machine shall be provided with an easily accessible and readable data plate affixed to the machine by the manufacturer that indicates the machine‚Äôs design and operating specifications, including the following: (1) Temperatures required for washing, rinsing and sanitizing. (2) Cycle time for stationary rack machines.
  • Single use plastic fish containers being re-used multiple times for food storage and/or preparation of raw vegetables.
  • 3 of 3 mixers were observed with dried food accumulation underneath the mixing arm and back splash guards.
  • Black filth observed on the interior of the ice machine bin underneath at discharge chute. DO NOT USE. Please empty ice machine COMPLETELY!! Wash, Rinse and Sanitize all parts and allow to air dry before refilling. This machine WAS NOT cleaned during the time of this inspection and bagged ice will be utilized until approval is obtained.
  • Can opener was observed with dried food accumulation on the blade and blade guard.
  • Food facility is reduced oxygen packaging veal and pork, which has a potential for Clostridium botulinum / Listeria monocytogenes, without documenting or monitoring a secondary food safety barrier. *Remove all items from its ROP packaging*
  • Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in dried storage area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).*
  • Food facility did not submit a request for an approved variance with all information as required in the PA Food Code.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Working containers in server section area taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical.

* 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 suddenly that mixing bowl 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.