Inspection IHOP Glen Mills; 9 violations, Kitchen walls were impacted with old dark dried multi-colored food residues, Kitchen floor area of the food facility is extremely dirty

Inspection IHOP Glen Mills; 9 violations, Kitchen walls were impacted with old dark dried multi-colored food residues, Kitchen floor area of the food facility is extremely dirty

Glen Mills, PA

IHOP Restaurant #3613

200 Town Centre 0-101
Glen Mills, PA 19342
(484) 840-8430

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 7/17/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the IHOP Restaurant 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:

  • Scoop being stored on top of the bottom of the ice holding container, not a clean, sanitized surface.
  • Mechanical ware washing equipment had a hard water buildup observed inside.
  • Kitchen exhaust hood filters are impacted with old dark brown grease residues and found old food grease accumulating on the grills, surfaces and parts.
  • Clean kitchen food equipment and/or utensils were stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting*).
  • Outdoor storage area for refuse is not adequately sloped to drain, as evidenced by pooling water on depressed areas.
  • Trash receptacles used inside the food facility found old dark food stains or grease accumulations, on the exterior surfaces.
  • Found two cracked plastic food containers, stacked on the kitchen drying rack.
  • Kitchen cutting boards are impacted with dark knife marks and old dark food stains. Non-refrigerated food contact surfaces should be washed, rinsed and sanitized every four hours, and constantly sanitized throughout the workday for avoid cross-contamination and foodborne illnesses. Kitchen refrigerator door handles and rubber door gaskets were impacted with old food or mold. Found old dried syrup/food residues on the front surfaces of the soda and juice fountains, in hard to see areas.
  • Outside waste handling unit has excessive loose trash trapped between the unit and wall, creating a possible harborage area for pest. The loose trash is at least a foot deep.
  • Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand wash sink in the kitchen area.
  • Kitchen floor area of the food facility is extremely dirty, dusty, and in need of cleaning; found dirt/old food build-up along the perimeter and in the corners, under major equipment and in hard to reach areas. Some of the kitchen floor drains are impacted with black mold/old food build-up. Also found black dirt, old food impacted in the kitchen tile floor grout. Kitchen walls were impacted with old dark dried multi-colored food residues, in various places, like food prep and warewashing area.

*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.