Health Department threatens to close Lansdale Big Lots; Excessive rodent-like droppings and multiple dead rodents observed in rear warehousing area, slapped with 9 violations

Health Department threatens to close Lansdale Big Lots; Excessive rodent-like droppings and multiple dead rodents observed in rear warehousing area, slapped with 9 violations

Lansdale PA

Big Lots

648 E MAIN ST
LANSDALE, PA 19446-2522

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on January 3, 2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Big Lots in Lansdale was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 9 violations were found.

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

  • Sign stating that inspection reports are available upon request could not be located during inspection. Facility was emailed sign during inspection to post in public view.
  • 1 dented can of evaporated milk and 1 dented can of green beans observed on retail shelving. Facility voluntarily removed items from sale during inspection.
  • Multiple containers of milk observed in retail cooler past sell-by date. Facility voluntarily removed 1 half-gal chocolate milk, 3 pints TruMoo whole chocolate milk, 1 pint TruMoo lowfat chocolate milk, 1 pint Dairy Pure whole milk, and 1 pint Dairy Pure 2% milk from sale during inspection. Facility also removed 1 container of eggnog from sale with an illegible sell-by date.
  • Excessive rodent-like droppings and multiple dead rodents observed in rear warehousing area. Facility must immediately clean and sanitize all affected areas. Facility must be treated by professional pest control service. Fax service report to MCOPH with in 10 business days. A follow-up inspection will be conducted to ensure that all droppings and dead rodents have been removed, and all affected areas cleaned and sanitized. Failure to comply will lead to immediate legal action and/or closure of facility.
  • Mop sink no longer adequately sealed to wall.
  • Floor beneath end caps of aisles observed unclean at time of inspection.
  • Spill accumulation observed on shelving in canned goods area.
  • (2  times repeat violation) Water damaged and/or missing ceiling tiles observed in men’s toilet room, women’s toilet room, and in retail area. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to legal action.
  • Facility observed not hanging or inverting mop to dry after use.