Big Woody’s in Emmaus fouls inspection; 13 violations, insect activity in kitchen and ware-washing areas and no pest control program

Big Woody’s in Emmaus fouls inspection; 13 violations, insect activity in kitchen and ware-washing areas and no pest control program

Emmaus, PA

Big Woody’s

Emmaus, PA 18049

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 8/24/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Big Woody’s was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 13 violations were found.

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

  • The following nonn-food contact surfaces are not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt, soil, food-debris and spillage, mold-like and slime-like substances: -floors under dishwasher -exterior and interior of dishwasher -dish pre-rinse spray nozzle -exterior of all refrigerators, walk-ins and bain marie equipment -all walk-in cooler fan guards -ceiling of downstairs beer cooler
  • Screen door located in the rear kitchen area of the facility does not close properly and has a gap that does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals. REPEAT VIOLATION.
  • Various pizza toppings, sliced deli meats, and cheese were held at 57 °F, in the pizza prep bain marie area, rather than 41°F or below as required. DO NOT USE UNIT UNTIL IT CAN MAINTAIN TEMPERATURES BELOW 41F. Corrected by voluntary disposal of product stored longer than 4 hours and moving foods into walk-in cooler to lower temp if held less than 4 hours under conditions.
  • Food contact surface of pizza topping bain marie top is not smooth, easily cleanable and/or resistant to pitting, cracking or scratching. Facility has repaired this with duct tape, which is not an approved method of repair; in need of proper repair. REPEAT VIOLATION.
  • Grease hood filters above cook line area of the food facility are extremely dirty, dusty, show a large build-up of grease, and in need of cleaning.
  • Food Employees eating in cook line area as evidenced by observed partially consumed food.
  • Food employees observed in kitchen area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers.
  • Observed produce food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. REPEAT VIOLATION.
  • Interior metal sheeting of the upstairs walk-in cooler door is bent and lifting away from the door, creating a not smooth and easily cleanable surface. REPEAT VIOLATION.
  • Soda nozzles at server station and deli slicer, food contact surfaces, were observed to have food residue and were not clean to sight and touch. REPEAT VIOLATION.
  • Ceiling tiles missing in the cook line area, and need replaced.
  • Food facility inspection indicates evidence of insect (fly-like) activity in kitchen and ware-washing areas, but facility does have a pest control program.
  • Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in ware-washing area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting*).

*Wet nesting refers to the practice of placing two recently-washed items together in a nested fashion, preventing proper airflow. In a moist, dark, low-air environment, unseen bacteria grows unchecked, and suddenly that mixing bowl is a biological incident waiting to happen. Even at high temperatures, the food or ingredients you place on that wet-nested kitchen equipment can act as an accidental insulator, or even as fuel for further bacterial growth.