5th failed inspection since 2018 opening, The Bercy Bistro in Ardmore hit with 14 violations; Rodent-like droppings throughout basement

5th failed inspection since 2018 opening, The Bercy Bistro in Ardmore hit with 14 violations; Rodent-like droppings throughout basement

Ardmore, PA

The Bercy Bistro


The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on December 13, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Bercy Bistro was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 14 violations were found.

This inspection marks the fifth failed inspection since it’s opening inspection in April 2018:

  • April 18, 2018- 9 violations
  • June 14, 2018- 11 violations
  • June 21, 2019- PASSED with no violations
  • October 3, 2018- PASSED with no violations
  • December 12, 2018- 11 violations
  • April 23, 2019- 10 violations
  • April 26, 2019- PASSED follow-up inspection with no violations

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

  • (Repeat x 3) Facility lacking a current MCOPH CFSM. Facility has 48 hours to submit reciprocity application. Several employees are ServSafe certified. Failure to comply may lead to further legal action taken in accordance with law by MCOPH. Reciprocity application provided at time of inspection
  • Lacking single service towels for hand sinks.
  • Hand washing signs lacking for several hand sinks
  • Improper date marking for shellstock tags after product has been consumed/sold.
  • Interior of ice machine in basement is unclean
  • Cutting board with deep grooves and heavy discoloration
  • Asterisk lacking next to consumer advisory and corresponding food items on menus.
  • Facility using Reduce Oxygen Packaging (ROP) to include vacuum packaging, sous vide, and/or cook-chill must submit a HACCP plan for approval. Exception if product is labeled with production date/time, held at 41 degrees F and removed from ROP within 48 hours within the food facility where packaged a HACCP plan is not required.
  • Common name label lacking on squeeze bottles at cooks line.
  • Rodent-like droppings observed throughout basement area. Facility has 10 business days to provide proof of next professional pest control treatment to MCOPH
  • Facility is preparing food items in an area that is lacking a proper hand washing sink which is located down the stairs to right of entrance to facility. Facility cannot prepare food in this area until proper sinks have been installed and granted permission by MCOPH
  • Boxes of food stored on floor in walk-in freezer
  • Ice build-up on compressor of reach-in cooler across from pizza oven
  • Lacking light shield or shatterproof bulbs in basement prep area