14 inspection violations for Chinatown Restaurant in Hatfield; Health Department threatens legal action for 2, 3 and 4 times repeat violations

14 inspection violations for Chinatown Restaurant in Hatfield; Health Department threatens legal action for 2, 3 and 4 times repeat violations

Hatfield, PA

Chinatown Restaurant

1626 COWPATH RD
HATFIELD, PA 19440

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on January 13, 2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Chinatown Restaurant in Hatfield was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 14 violations were found.

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

  • “Inspection reports available upon request” signage observed obstructed at front counter. Facility posted item publicly during inspection.

  • (3  times repeat violation) Partially consumed employee beverage observed being stored on shelf directly above prep refrigerator. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to legal action.

  • (4 times repeat violation) Many uncovered food storage containers observed in walk-in refrigerator and at 1 door reach-in refrigerator at cook’s line. Facility covered foods during inspection. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to legal action.

  • Cut/shredded lettuce stored outside of refrigeration at cook’s line, lacking time as a public health control log. Facility instructed on the establishment of a time as a public health control log for TCS foods to be held outside of temperature control during inspection.

  • Damaged screen door with opening observed at rear exterior door in kitchen.

  • Employee cell phone stored in box of duck sauce packets. Facility removed cell phone during inspection.

  • Facility observed storing unpackaged foods directly in grocery-style bags in walk-in freezer. Foods must be stored in food-grade containers or bags.

  • Facility observed storing bulk rice and other dry foods in large metal trashcan-style containers in rear dry storage area. Rust observed in containers. Replace these items with food-grade containers.

  • Scoop for rice at rice cookers stored in stack of take-out rice containers.

  • Facility observed storing cups and bowls lacking handles to be used as scoops in bulk food container and rice cooker. Facility removed items during inspection.

  • Foods observed being stored in opened original metal cans in prep refrigerator and at prep table. Facility must use canned products in their entirety upon opening can, or transfer remainder to food-grade container. Facility voluntarily discarded open cans during inspection.

  • Food prep sink and three compartment sink faucets leaking from handles/base of faucet. A follow-up inspection will be conducted to ensure that these faucets have been repaired.

  • (2 times repeat violation) Grease-like accumulation observed on sides of equipment at cook’s line. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to legal action.

  • Grease-like and debris accumulation observed on floor beneath fryers at cook’s line.