“Black filth, pink slime” in ice machine; Irwin’s Double Wide Grill ordered to stop using ice machine by state inspectors during

“Black filth, pink slime” in ice machine; Irwin’s Double Wide Grill ordered to stop using ice machine by state inspectors during

Irwin, PA

Double Wide Grill

8695 Lincoln Highway
Irwin, PA 15642
724-863-8180

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture¬† conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on December 16, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Double Wide Grill was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 4 violations were found.

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

  • Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in storage area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting*).
  • Black filth, pink slime observed on the interior of the ice machine bin and around water distribution tubing, freeze plate & discharge chute. DO NOT USE. Please empty ice machine COMPLETELY!! Wash, Rinse and Sanitize all parts and allow to air dry before refilling.**
  • No chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher was 0 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required in the dish washing area.
  • Mixer with dried food & grease accumulation underneath the mixing arm and back splash guard.
  • Observed meat slicer with dried food accumulation on the blade guard and back guard.
  • Observed dried food, dust, paper, equipment & grease accumulation on floor, side of equipment & wall behind main cook’s line.

* 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.

**The emphasis shown here is copied from the inspector’s report, it was not added by The Pennsylvania Chronicle.