26 violations at Kabuto Japanese Hibachi Sushi in East Norriton; fumbles 9th inspection since August 2017 opening inspection

26 violations at Kabuto Japanese Hibachi Sushi in East Norriton; fumbles 9th inspection since August 2017 opening inspection

East Norriton, PA

Kabuto Japanese Hibachi Sushi

2650 DEKALB PIKE
NORRISTOWN, PA 19401

The Montgomery County Health Department conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 1/29/21. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Kabuto Japanese Hibachi Sushi was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 26 violations were found.

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

  • Employee beverage stored above food prep surface at cooks line.
  • Strong odor of cigarette smoke observed in employee restroom. Discarded cigarette butt observed in toilet.
  • Facility lacking soap at hand sink next to coffee station in kitchen.
  • Handwashing sign lacking at hand sink in employee restroom.
  • Facility lacking current parasite destruction letter. Email parasite destruction letter from fish supplier to jcoyle@montcopa.org within five business days.
  • Raw food stored over ready to eat food items in multiple refrigerated units. Inspector explained proper stacking of food items.
  • Raw chicken breasts stored in chest freezer without any packaging. Facility voluntarily discarded.
  • Prepared soup bowls stored uncovered on bottom shelf of 2-door cooler in kitchen.
  • Cutting board with deep grooves and heavy discoloration. Facility voluntarily discarded.
  • Previously refrigerated fried shrimp stored at room temperature at cooks line. Internal temperature measured 54F. Facility voluntarily discarded.
  • Working containers of fried sweet potato and fried shrimp observed stored at room temperature at cooks line. Both food items had internal temperatures greater than 135F. All TCS foods held at room temperature for an extended period of time must be marked with the time of removal from temperature control. Any such food remaining must be discarded after four hours from time of removal from temperature control.
  • Spray bottle of sanitizing solution at sushi bar lacking common name label.
  • Facility lacking a log for daily pH testing of sushi rice. pH of each batch of sushi rice must be measured and recorded.
  • Facility lacking written procedure for preparing sushi rice. Inspector emailed sample procedure following inspection.
  • Facility lacking visible accurate thermometer in 2-door Leader cooler in kitchen.
  • Dry goods observed stored in open original bags throughout facility. Product must be moved to secondary food-grade containers with tight-fitting lids after opening.
  • Food stored on floor in walk-in freezer and walk-in cooler.
  • Food items stored in open original metal cans in walk-in cooler. Product must be moved to secondary food-grade containers with tight-fitting lids after opening.
  • Employee personal food items intermingled with restaurant food items in multiple refrigerated units. All personal food items must be stored separately from food served to customers.
  • Employee mobile phone stored above food prep table at cooks line.
  • 3 times repeat violation: Tongs stored on oven door handle along cooks line. Failure to correct and maintain violation may lead to legal action.
  • Plastic bowls used as scoops in multiple secondary dry goods containers.
  • Hand towel used as liner along cooks line.
  • Interior of prep unit behind sushi counter unclean.
  • Covered waste receptacle lacking in unisex employee restroom.
  • Heavy dust build-up on ceiling vent covers in men’s and women’s restrooms.

Kabuto Japanese Hibachi Sushi has been found, “Out of Compliance” by the county health department on eight previous occasions since its opening inspection in August 2017:

  • Jul 31, 2017- Pre-opening inspection finds no violations.
  • Aug 3, 2017- Opening inspection finds 5 violations with 4 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Sep 14, 2017- Routine inspection finds 17 violations with 10 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Jan 30, 2018- Gas leak 1 “lack of good retail practices” violation as result. This inspection was “In Compliance.”
  • Feb 22, 2018- Routine inspection finds 15 violations with 5 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Jul 24, 2018- Routine inspection finds 16 violations with 4 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Feb 11, 2019- Routine inspection finds 13 violations with 6 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Aug 7, 2019- Routine inspection finds 12 violations with 4 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Sep 2, 2020- Routine inspection finds 19 violations with 6 foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Sep 16, 2020- Reinspection finds 2 violations with 1 foodborne illness risk factor violation.