Bella Terra Vineyards in Hunker; 12 violations; black build up in ice machine behind the bar

Bella Terra Vineyards in Hunker; 12 violations; black build up in ice machine behind the bar

Hunker, PA

Bella Terra Vineyards

121 Sunny LN
Hunker, PA 15639
724-635-3658

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture  conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 6/29/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Bella Terra Vineyards was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 12 violations were found.

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

  • Small amount of black build up in ice machine behind the bar. Cleaned on site.
  • Floors in Bistro kitchen especially under equipment have debris/dirt build up.
  • An open employee’s beverage (Red Bull can) was observed in the Bistro kitchen, a food preparation area. Cover with lid and use straw.
  • Food employees observed in Bistro area not wearing proper hair restraints such as nets/hats.
  • Vacuum-packaged Mahi is being thawed in sealed packages. Must remove from package prior to thawing. * See note below
  • Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips to determine appropriate quaternary sanitizer concentration in Bistro area.
  • The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view in Bistro area.
  • A utility sink or curbed cleaning facility with a floor drain is not provided in the food facility. Sink is planned in re-model later this year. REPEAT VIOLATION (7-12-19)
  • Hamburger patties stored above partially cooked fajita meat in Bistro cooler. Corrected.
  • Prepped items in Bistro walk-in cooler are not date-labeled (potato salad, coleslaw, chicken strips).
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • No sign or poster posted at the handwash sink in the restrooms to remind food employees to wash their hands.

Labeling on frozen fish products in Reduced Oxygen Packaging (ROP) packaging will state: The fish should be kept frozen until time of use and prior to the fish being thawed under refrigeration or prior to or immediately upon completion of thawing, the fish should be removed from the packaging. By opening the packaging when thawing the vacuum packaged fish, oxygen is present and the spores will not produce the vegetative cells that produce the toxin.

What’s the concern? Clostridium botulinum and Listeria monocytogenes are the bacteria of primary concern when thawing vacuum packed fish. By opening the packaging when thawing the vacuum packaged fish, oxygen is present and the spores will not produce the vegetative cells that produce the toxin.

Learn more about this issue from Michigan State University when you click or tap this article: Open your vacuum packed fish before thawing