Hamburg’s Pizza Como fouls inspection, 13 violations, rinsing celery in hand washing sink, eating or tasting in food prep area

Hamburg’s Pizza Como fouls inspection, 13 violations, rinsing celery in hand washing sink, eating or tasting in food prep area
Hamburg, PA

Pizza Como


The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on December 19, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Pizza Como 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:

  • An open employee’s beverage container was observed in slicer area, a food preparation area. Corrected.
  • Food Employee observed eating or tasting food in the slicer area. Corrected.
  • Deli slicer blade and guard area a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • A utility sink or curbed cleaning facility with a floor drain is not provided in the food facility.
  • The hand wash sink in the kitchen area being used as a food preparation sink as evidenced by observed rinsing of celery in the food in the sink. Corrected.
  • Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – observed duct tape around drain pipes of the sink and grease traps and must be properly repaired.
  • Flooring in the bar area is made of tiles and is cracked / roughened / and is not a smooth, easily cleanable surface.
  • Caulking along wall of drainboard of the dishwasher drainboard area is moldy and must be resealed.
  • Rear storage room door located in the back prep area of the food facility has a gap at the bottom and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
  • Observed in-use knives and /or cleavers stored between cement wall and pipe in rear storage area not an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Corrected.
  • Full bucket of dirty mop water left in kitchen next to food prep area. Corrected.
  • Observed clean plastic cups in waitress area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).*
  • Observed clean dish racks stored on the floor in dishwasher area.
  • Spray hose nozzle of the ware washing pre-rinse sink has a mold build up around nozzle.
  • Dirty mop water being disposed of in 3 compartment ware washing sink.

* 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.