17 violations; Zoto’s Diner bumbles 8th inspection since November 2016 in Line Lexington; Cloth mask on shelf with single use items, Nozzle on milk machine with dried accumulation

17 violations; Zoto’s Diner bumbles 8th inspection since November 2016 in Line Lexington; Cloth mask on shelf with single use items, Nozzle on milk machine with dried accumulation

Line Lexington, PA

Zoto’s Diner

1100 Bethlehem Pike
Line Lexington, PA 18932

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 7/22/2020 following a complaint the restaurant was not complying with COVID-19 regulations. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Zoto’s Diner in Line Lexington was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 17 violations were found.

The inspector did not find COVID-19 violations stating:

Complaint received of facility not following Covid-19 guidelines: On arrival all employees wearing face mask or shields or both. Manager stated that partitions were added between all booths in response to covid 19. Partitions come to / just above the back of the head. Table appear to be roughly six feet apart. Reviewed floor map and made suggestion base on the current occupancy limit of 25%. Based on the observed occupancy and seating at the time of inspection the facility is not in violation of the current covid 19 guidance. EHS and owner / manager discussed details of the universal face covering order  as applied to employees and customers inside the facility; including sections on the work place requirements, exclusion when communicating with hearing impaired individuals, and the definition of face covering to include face shield.

The restaurant has failed to be found in compliance at 8 inspections since November 2016:

  • November 13, 2016- 10 violations including 2 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • July 12, 2017- 24 violations food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • December 17, 2017- 13 violations including 4 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • September 13, 2018- 14 violations including 4 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • December 5, 2018- 17 violations including 3 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • May 30, 2019- 13 violations including 3 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Nov 26, 2019- 23 violations including 8 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Jan 6, 2020- passed follow-up inspection with ZERO violations.

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

  • Facility lacking a Certified Food Sanitation Manager (CFSM) issued by Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH). Current certificate has expired. Facility must submit application and payment OR proof of registration in an approved course with in 30 days. EHS left copy of reciprocity application and fee schedule.
  • Sealed employee beverage on plating counter.
  • Two unopened half gallons of skim milk observed past manufacturers sell by date. Chef was aware but items not marked or separated from foods for sale. Facility voluntarily discarded.
  • Individual cleaners in bain marie display observed at 47F. Unit marked as not for use with TCS foods. Facility voluntarily discarded above 20.
  • Foods with internal temperature of 47F in food prep refrigerator. Facility voluntarily discarded all TCS foods. Facility must provide MCOPH with a list of all food items discarded with quantities. Facility must immediately stop using the unit. Facility may not use the unit until serviced by licensed professional, AND unit is operating at 41F or below, AND written permission is granted by MCOPH. Fax service report to 215-784-5524 or to the email provided. Failure to comply or await permission before using the unit may lead to legal action.
  • Date marking with prep date only, given 8 days not 7, or wrong food named on label / wrap re-used. All foods that are TCS, RTE, and held longer than 24hrs must be marked with a discard date not to exceed 7days or the manufacturers sell by date, which ever is shorter. Commercially processed foods must also include an open date. EHS left copy of date marking guidance document at the time of inspection.
  • Chemical spray bottle in counter with single use items.
  • Thermometer lacking or not accurate lacking in rear 2 door refrigerator, and not accurate in wait staff bain marie.
  • Ice scoop stored on soda machine grate.
  • Bowl used as scoop and stored in product, must have handle. in croutons at plating area and sugar at cooks line.
  • In use ladle stored in standing ambient temperature water. Store in clean dry container, cold running water well, or hot water held above 135F.
  • Cloth mask on shelf with single use items.
  • Splash area above dispensing nozzle on milk machine with dried accumulation.
  • Wall and caulk behind ware washing machine with mold like accumulation.
  • Refrigeration door handles with accumulation on under side at cooks line and rear prep line.
  • Door gasket with accumulation on first walk-in refrigerator.
  • Paper holder with dried stuck on flour-like accumulation.