Complaint; 17 violations for Phil’s Tavern in Blue Bell, 7 food borne illness risk factor violations, fouls 10th inspection since October 2016

Complaint; 17 violations for Phil’s Tavern in Blue Bell, 7 food borne illness risk factor violations, fouls 10th inspection since October 2016

Blue Bell, PA

Phil’s Tavern

931 W Butler Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 7/14/2020 following a complaint the restaurant was not complying with COVID-19 requirements. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Phil’s Tavern was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 17 violations were found and include one or more violations determined to be food borne illness risk factors.

The inspector’s report addressed the alleged COVID-19 violations saying:

Upon arrival, all employees were wearing masks properly. Bar seating was grouped in twos, all groups six feet apart. Tables in dining areas spaced six feet apart and separated by plexiglass.

Phil’s Tavern has been found out compliance during 10 inspections since October 2016:

  • Oct 24, 2016- 15 violations with 5 food borne risk factor violations. Dead mouse like-rodent on trap in stairwell to basement
  • Jun 7, 2017- 12 violations with 4 food borne risk factor violations. Mouse like droppings observed on floor at top of basement steps.
  • Nov 7, 2017- 11 violations with 3 food borne risk factor violations. Several mouse-like droppings observed on basement steps
  • Jun 18, 2018- 16 violations with 6 food borne risk factor violations. Dead mouse like rodent observed on trap in basement area.
  • Aug 8, 2018- Complaint- 19 violations with 7 food borne risk factor violations. Dead mouse like rodent observed on trap in basement area.
  • Aug 23, 2018- follow-up finds 5 violations with 2 food borne risk factor violations.
  • Sep 28, 2018- Complaint inspection finds ZERO violations.
  • Dec 19, 2018- 11 violations with 5 food borne risk factor violations. Dead mouse like rodents observed on trap in basement area.
  • Feb 5, 2019- 11 violations with 1 food borne risk factor violations. Rodent-like droppings found in/under the clean metal food containers racks.
  • Nov 14, 2019- 8 violations with 1 food borne risk factor violations. Rodent-like droppings observed under dish machine corner and both-bottom white shelves next to dish machine.

 

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

  • Chemical sanitizing dish machines in back and at bar not recording proper sanitation levels. Facility may not use unit until repaired. Forward invoice to MCOPH.
  • Deli slicer unclean.
  • Can opener blade unclean.
  • Meatballs/sauce in hot holding measuring 99 degrees Fahrenheit. Facility removed and returned to burner.* see note
  • Items on menu marked with asterisk that cannot be served undercooked.
  • Cleaning products stored amongst food and/or food contact items.
  • Common name label lacking on secondary dry goods containers.
  • Common name label lacking on squeeze bottles at cooks line.
  • Knife stored in space between prep unit and counter.
  • Bowl/cup used as scoop stored obtain dry goods/food items.
  • Ice scoop stored on shelf across from ice machine.
  • Single service containers stored with food contact surface exposed.
  • Cardboard and towels lining shelves.
  • Fan guards in walk-in beer cooler are unclean.
  • Floor unclean in walk-in freezer.
  • Dust build-up on ceiling above clean cookware in kitchen.

Rodent like droppings, Phil’s Tavern in Blue Bell picks up 9 violations following inspection

*The temperature danger zone is food temperatures between 41 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit and the most rapid bacteria growth occurs between 70 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The longer food sits in this temperature range, the greater the risk that bacteria will begin to grow on food. These violations are considered, "Food Borne Illness Risk Factor" violations.