Ideal Food Basket in Lebanon fouls 2nd inspection this month; Citations will be filed against the facility managers for Health Code Violations and continued non-compliance

Ideal Food Basket in Lebanon fouls 2nd inspection this month; Citations will be filed against the facility managers for Health Code Violations and continued non-compliance

Lebanon, PA

Ideal Food Basket

640 N 7th ST
Lebanon, PA 17046
717-272-3681

The City of Lebanon Board of Health conducted an expected Type 3 Follow-up  retail food inspection on 7/21/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Ideal Food Basket was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 13 violations were found.

Inspection said in the report:

Inspection was a follow-up inspection due to an out of compliance inspection report. Several items were corrected however other items were not corrected and additional violations were observed resulting in an out of compliance inspection report which will require another follow-up inspection.

The City of Lebanon will continue to conduct more frequent inspections of this facility due to factors set forth in Section 8-4 of the Food Code.

Citations will be filed against the facility managers for Health Code Violations and continued non-compliance with items that the managers agreed to do in their letter to the City of Lebanon dated June 5, 2019.

This is the second, “Out of Compliance” inspection this month for the Ideal Food Basket (see linked story below). The business has seen numerous inspections with inconsistent results in just over a year:

Most Recent Inspection Inspection Type In Compliance  
07/08/2020 Type 3 Follow-up Out Violation(s) 22
04/22/2020 Complaint In Violation(s) 1
04/09/2020 Complaint In Violation(s) 1
03/26/2020 Regular In Violation(s) 1
12/26/2019 Follow-up In Violation(s) 7
10/16/2019 Type 3 Follow-up In  
10/15/2019 Type 2 Follow-up Out Violation(s) 1
10/12/2019 Follow-up Out Violation(s) 11
09/13/2019 Complaint In Violation(s) 5
08/13/2019 Regular In Violation(s) 5
08/02/2019 Complaint In Violation(s) 1
07/08/2019 Follow-up In Violation(s) 2
06/17/2019 Complaint In  
05/24/2019 Complaint Out Violation(s) 20
04/16/2019 Complaint In Violation(s) 1
04/10/2019 Follow-up In Violation(s) 5

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

  • Food Employee observed changing tasks (specifically taking trash out, then cleaning meat cutting equipment, then waiting on a customer) that may have contaminated hands without a proper handwash in-between. Note: employee was wearing multiple layers of disposable gloves; he did not remove a layer between removing the trash and cleaning, but did remove a layer of gloves prior to waiting on the customer and handling a fresh meat order.
  • Chicken was held at 108°F and pork was held at 120°F. in one hot food display case, rather than 135°F or above as required. Other hot foods were above 135°F. Items were corrected.
  • No evidence that meat cutting equipment is being cleaned and sanitized every four hours.
  • Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.
  • Food Employee is not using available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine sanitizer concentration in the meat cutting area because the employee does not know about the test strips.
  • The interior of an ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have black residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • Observed an employee’s or contractor’s 2-liter soft drink bottle being stored in the ice machine.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Food facility does not maintain and implement written procedures and plans as required in the PA Food Code and as this facility stated they would do in a written reply to a Food Safety Warning letter. The warning letter was issued on 5/30/2019; the written reply was dated 6/05/2019. -In the written reply the managers stated that they would routinely check the order from top to bottom of meat displays. One type of meat was in the wrong order on 7/21/2020. -In the written reply the managers stated that ³they set in place a schedule for routinely checking the temperature of hot food every two hours. On 7/21/2020, chicken was held at 108°F and pork was held at 120°F. There is no evidence that the facility is checking hot food temperatures and on 7/21/2020, the facility does not have a thermometer for checking the internal temperature of food readily available in the hot food department. -In the written reply the managers stated that they have set up schedules in every department so that temperatures are routinely checked. There is no evidence that the facility is routinely checking temperatures in any department within the facility. On 7/21/20 milk was held at 55.7°F and raw chicken was held at 45.1°
  • Ground meats were stored above whole cuts of meat. Manager corrected.
  • Scoop being stored in the ice machine with handle buried beneath the ice.
  • Raw chicken was held at 45.1 °F, in the raw meat display case, rather than 41°F or below as required. Items are being stacked in a manner so that they may be out of the display unit’s “cold zone.”
  • Milk was held at 55.7°F, in the milk display cooler, rather than 41°F or below as required. Several gallons of milk were stacked on the front ledge of the display cooler rather than inside of the cooler within the cold zone. Discarded.