Health Department threatens Exton’s Hot Wok with legal action, “up to and including daily issuance of non-Traffic Citations” for repeat violations

Health Department threatens Exton’s Hot Wok with legal action, “up to and including daily issuance of non-Traffic Citations” for repeat violations

Exton, PA

Hot Wok

311 Lincoln HWY
Exton, PA 19341

The Chester County Health Department conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on December 18, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Hot Wok in Exton was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 11 violations were found.

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

  • Observed wet wiping cloths throughout the kitchen, not being stored in sanitizer solution.
  • This facility has not been employing the practice of date labeling food containers of potentially-hazardous foods that have been held in a facility for more than 24 hours. This is a repeated violation. Failure to comply with this requirement further may result in further legal action being taken by the Department, up to and including daily issuance of non-Traffic Citations.
  • Raw chicken and pork, both potentially hazardous foods, were not maintained at 41°F or below or at 135°F or above for over 4 hours. Temperatures of both products registered in the range of 56F – 59F. Ambient temperature of the building was 64F. Both products must be voluntarily discarded. Violation corrected on site.
  • A significant sewer gas/effluent odor was emanating from the grease trap installed in the floor near the 3-compartment sink. The grease trap is not being cleaned at a frequency to preclude the odor. Have the grease trap cleaned immediately. Failure to do so could lead to further legal action.
  • Raw, animal-derived foods (pork, chicken, and beef) were co-mingled in the same container in the walk-in cooler. These foods, which have differing minimum internal cooking temperatures, must be separated in a manner in which cross-contamination is not possible.
  • Facility was observed re-using single-use metal cans throughout the facility, in and out of refrigeration, and without any covering or labeling of the product name. Discontinue this practice immediately. Metal cans, once opened, are to be discarded and not reused. Sauces and other common ingredients that the facility is storing in these containers must have the name of the product on the food-grade storage container
  • Observed in-use knives and /or cleavers stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Violation corrected on site.
  • Foods are being stored uncovered. All food items must be covered in storage with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Foods area stacked in the bain marie above the intended load limit, such that the unit cannot adequately cool the food as intended. Observe load limits, and do not stack containers on top of one another. Violation corrected on site.
  • Prepackaged beverages (iced tea, lemonade) are not labeled properly with the name of product, ingredient statement, net weight, distributed by statement and nutritional facts. These items must be pulled from the consumer self-service cooler in the vestibule and either 1) labeled with the above-noted information, or 2) sold from behind the counter by a food handler/food employee.
  • An excessive amount of grease build-up was observed on the floor along the cooks’ line, particularly towards the back underneath the wok area and around the under-range drain. This area must be cleaned immediately. Failure to do so may lead to further legal action.