“Brown and black slimy substance” inside ice machine, China Max at Beaver Valley Mall fails inspection, 13 violations

“Brown and black slimy substance” inside ice machine, China Max at Beaver Valley Mall fails inspection, 13 violations

Monaca, PA

China Max in Monaca, Beaver County

602 Beaver Valley Mall
MONACA, PA 15061

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on November 12, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the China Max in Monaca, Beaver County 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:

  • Observed a brown and black slimy substance on the interior of the ice machine. Machine was turned off and ice discarded. Machine may not be used until it is cleaned and sanitized.
  • Old food residue, dishes and utensils observed in the hand wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing.
  • Observed an accumulation of grease, dust, dirt, food residue, and debris on wire shelves, shelf above sink, and throughout the facility.
  • Caulking around the splash guard of the 3 compartment sink need to be replaced.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Facility does not have written procedures for employees to follow when responding to an event involving vomitus or fecal matter discharge onto surfaces within the facility. Handout provided that may be adopted as facility procedures.
  • Observed wet wiping cloths in grill area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Removed during inspection.
  • Food facility is reusing plastic containers and cardboard boxes and containers to store food, which are intended to be a single-service or single-use article.
  • Food facility is using a non-food grade hose with a spray nozzel as a faucet to repair the plumbing system, which is not an approved material.
  • Several lights in the kitchen area were not working and need to be fixed to ensure adequate lighting is available.
  • Observed rice stored under the drain board of the 3 compartment sink a stored open with no covering in a cardboard container. Rice removed.
  • Several raw animal foods were stored above ready to eat foods in the walkin cooler. Raw meat moved below ready to eat foods.
  • Observed chicken in the walk-in cooler and rice in the kitchen stored directly on the floor rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.
  • Observed chicken cooling at room temperature in the 3 bowl sink, which is not a proper cooling method. Chicken was stacked in containers more than 4 inches deep. Chicken was placed into containers less than 4 inches deep and placed in the walk in cooler.
  • The hand wash sink in the kitchen area does not have single use towels, continuous towels, or air drying device. Corrected on site.
  • No sign or poster posted at the handwash sink in the kitchen and counter area to remind food employees to wash their hands. Sign provided.
  • The chest freezer lid is completely removed from the freezer and is cracked and not in good repair.
  • Ceiling tiles missing in the kitchen area, and need replaced.


Photo credit (and thanks) to Paul A Tamburro