Crowbar hanging the side ice bin touching ice; Anchor Inn fails restaurant inspection in Natrona Heights

Crowbar hanging  the side ice bin touching ice; Anchor Inn fails restaurant inspection in Natrona Heights

Natrona Heights, PA

Anchor Inn

2202 Freeport Rd
Natrona Heights, PA 15065

The Allegheny County Health Department’s Food Safety Program conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on January 2, 2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Anchor Inn was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 8 violations were found.

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

  • Cooling charts are not being completed for foods prepared in advance.
  • Soup at the kitchen serving station is 110F.*
  • Date marking of prepared foods (i.e. meat loaf, cooked noodles, etc.) or foods removed from packaging (i.e. chicken, pork, cheeses, etc.) is inconsistent.
  • There are no sanitizer buckets for wiping cloths.
  • A crowbar is hanging from the side of the ice bin at the bar. The crowbar end inside the ice bin is touching ice.
  • Various food items are stored on the floor in the walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer.
  • Pan of cooked meat loaf is double stacked on an uncovered pan of cooked meat loaf in the bottom cooler of the food preparation station in the kitchen.
  • Cloth towels are lining the shelf above the grill for laying utensils on.
  • Dish washing trays are used for storing some food items in the walk-in freezer
  • Gaskets to the cooler doors are worn at the food preparation station across from the fryers, and duct tape is being used for temporary repair.
  • Ceiling tiles are missing in the dish washing room and plastic is covering the openings.

* 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.