13 violations, Assi Plaza International Foods blows inspection; Black mold like accumulation on walls in produce walk in cooler

13 violations, Assi Plaza International Foods blows inspection; Black mold like accumulation on walls in produce walk in cooler

North Wales, PA

Assi Plaza International Foods

1222 Welsh RD
North Wales, PA 19454

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on December 9, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Assi Plaza International Foods 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 made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • Cooked peeled and raw shrimp in shell stored on same sheet covered in ice in seafood display window. Items divided. COS (corrected on-site)
  • Container on Ajax cleaners stored on ledge above prepared foods 3 Bay food prep sink with active food prep in sinks. COS
  • Facility storing cases of frozen whole fish in retail area with no temperature control. 8 cases of frozen fish that were still frozen solid to touch we removed from retail floor and placed into walk in freezer.
  • One of the three retail Area fresh seafood displays was observed allowing customer self-service at time of observation. COS
  • Clean cutting boards stored behind faucet of ware wash sink in prepared foods section kitchen. COS
  • Single service pints stored in buckets of sauces used as scoops. COS
  • Facility observed using Styrofoam lids to support bottom of seafood displays at fresh seafood display area. Some foods were in containers on top of Styrofoam that EHS permitted. Other foods that were in direct contact with soiled Styrofoam lids were required to be discarded. COS
  • Raw wooded shelving in meat walk in refrigerator with meat juices stained into wood. Replace or seal with a minimum of a semi gloss paint.
  • Black mold like accumulation on walls in produce walk in refrigerator and on cinder block wall directly outside of produce walk in refrigerator. Clean or sealed with a minimum of a semi gloss paint.
  • Facility observed thawing whole frozen fish in deep basin food sink in seafood area and letting water over the sides of the sink basin causing excessive pooling water observed running under walls and fish display cases.
    Facility opened drain to drain sink to floor drain. COS
  • Food debris on ground outside around dumpster. Clean.
  • Facility had no main dumpster on site at time of inspection. Facility has a large compactor dumpster. Management explained that dumpster is not dumped during pick-ups and is hauled away and dumper compactor is returned the next day. Facility has large trash totes that are filled and stored indoors at trash chute area until dumpster is returned.