31 violations at Buona Via in Horsham; Pink mold-like residue in ice machine, Employee purse and backpack with clean linens, Employee eating while preparing foods, 8th fouled inspection since April 2017

31 violations at Buona Via in Horsham; Pink mold-like residue in ice machine, Employee purse and backpack with clean linens, Employee eating while preparing foods, 8th fouled inspection since April 2017

Horsham, PA

Buona Via Ristorante

426 Horsham RD
Horsham, PA 19044

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 7/6/2020* following a complaint from the public. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Buona Via Ristorante¬† was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 31 violations were found and include one or more violations determined to be food borne illness risk factors.

The restaurant has a history of “Out of Compliance” inspections according to reporting by The Philadelphia Inquirer:

  • Apr 10, 2017- Routine inspection- 13 violations with 7 food borne illness risk factor violations cited.
  • Apr 21, 2017- passed follow-up inspection with no violations.
  • Oct 26, 2017- 30 violations with 12 food borne illness risk factor violations cited.
  • Nov 9, 2017- Re-inspection- 15 violations with 6 food borne illness risk factor violations cited.
  • Nov 22, 2017- Re-inspection-passed inspection with no violations.
  • Jan 6, 2018- Emergency response- restaurant was closed after sprinklers went off throughout facility. No violations cited.
  • Jan 8, 2018- In follow-up to Emergency response- Facility is closed during repairs and must remain closed. No specific violations cited as work continued.
  • Jan 10, 2018- In second follow-up restaurant allowed to reopen.
  • June 1, 2018- Inspection conducted upon MCHD receiving a boil water advisory from Horsham TWP.¬† Facility was found to be open and operating during the boil water advisory. Facility voluntarily closed and discarded all prepared foods.
  • Aug 20, 2018-Routine inspection- 7 violations with 2 food borne illness risk factor violations cited.
  • Feb 1, 2019- Routine inspection-12 violations with 6 food borne illness risk factor violations cited.
  • Oct 7, 2019-Routine inspection- 32 with 13 food borne illness risk factor violations cited.
  • Oct 21, 2019- Reinspection- 23 violations with 11 food borne illness risk factor violations cited.

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

  • Sign stating inspections available upon request not posted in public view.
  • Facility is lacking a written vomit/fecal incident procedure at time of inspection. Sample document emailed during inspection.
  • Employee beverages stored on prep table and in 2 door tall refrigerator in kitchen.
  • Employee observed eating on cook’s line while preparing foods.
  • Lemon observed in bar hand wash sink basin.
  • (3 times repeat violation)Facility lacking means of drying hands at bar handwashing sink at time of inspection. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal actions.
  • Cold water supply turned off at kitchen dish machine area hand wash sink. Facility turned water supply back on during inspection.
  • Facility is currently using basement area to prepare foods. Basement area lacking a hand washing sink. Facility was instructed that no food preparation can occur in basement areas unless a proper hand washing sink is installed. Facility was instructed to remove all items related to food preparation and to place a sign on floor mixer not to use until further notice.
  • No paper towels provided in employee restroom.
  • (2 times repeat violation)Facility is not recording date of last sale/serve/discard on shellstock tags. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to further legal action.
  • (2 times repeat violation)Uncovered food items observed in many refrigeration units throughout facility. Uncovered spices found at bar and in side station. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal actions.
  • Raw meats (beef, fish) stored above ready to eat foods in 1 door tall refrigerator at cook’s line.
  • (2 times repeat violation)Chlorine concentration tested below 50ppm at bar ware washing machine. Facility must cease use of ware washing machine. Facility may not use unit until professionally serviced, supplying final rinse of 50-100ppm chlorine, AND written permission is granted by MCOPH. Send service report to the email provided. Failure to comply or await permission before using unit may lead to legal action. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal actions.
  • Chlorine concentration tested below 50ppm at kitchen ware washing machine. Facility must cease use of ware washing machine. Facility may not use unit until professionally serviced, supplying final rinse of 50-100ppm chlorine, AND written permission is granted by MCOPH. Send service report to the email provided. Failure to comply or await permission before using unit may lead to legal action.
  • (2 times repeat violation)Pink mold-like residue observed inside ice maker in basement. Clean and sanitize machine in accordance with owner’s manual. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to further legal action.
  • Foods in cook’s line prep refrigerator by back door recorded with internal temperatures of 52F-60F. Facility voluntarily discarded scallops, cooked tomatoes, cut tomatoes, shrimp, mozzarella cheese, and chicken during inspection.
  • Facility lacking discard date marking on prepared/opened TCS foods held longer than 24 hours under refrigeration. Discard date must not exceed 7 days from prep/open date. Prep/open dates only are currently being used. Facility was emailed date marking guidelines during inspection.
  • (2¬†times repeat violation)Facility lacking a consumer advisory linked to specific menu items that may be sold raw or undercooked via the use of an asterisk (*) or by other effective means. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may result in further legal actions.
  • Unlabeled chemical spray bottle found in kitchen ware washing machine room.
  • Cook’s line prep refrigerator by back door recorded with an ambient temperature of 55F. Facility voluntarily discarded all TCS foods. 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. Send service report to the email provided. Failure to comply or await permission before using unit may lead to legal action.
  • Sticky fly trap observed hanging from ceiling above 2 bay prep sink in kitchen.
  • Cloth linens found in direct contact with lettuce in 2 door tall refrigerator.
  • Bread stored in direct contact with shopping bags in walk-in freezer. Foods must be stored in food grade containers/bags.
  • Food handler lacking a hair restraint.
  • Wet wiping cloths found lining under portable cutting boards in kitchen.
  • Tongs stored on sink splash guard at cook’s line. Facility relocated tongs during inspection.
  • (3 times repeat violation)Facility observed re-using commercially packaged containers of mozzarella cheese and other items as secondary food containers for foods prepared in facility. These containers are not designed to be cleaned and sanitized and cannot be re-used. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to further legal action.
  • Dump sink at cook’s line observed with faucet loose and spraying when sink is turned on.
  • Interior of walk-in freezer observed with frost accumulation with ice dripping down from condenser unit.
  • No lidded trash can provided in unisex employee restroom.
  • Employee purse and backpack stored on shelving with clean linens in server station area.

*In the original story we mistakenly posted the date as July 7, 2020. The inspection occurred on July 6, 2020. Thanks to Bill for pointing it out!