Inspection JA Buffet in Hamburg; Both ice machines have mold residue on top of interior bins and chute area, cutting boards have stagnant water/mold underneath

Inspection JA Buffet in Hamburg; Both ice machines have mold residue on top of interior bins and chute area, cutting boards have stagnant water/mold underneath

Hamburg, PA

JA Buffet

1752 TILDEN DR
HAMBURG, PA 19526
610-562-5828

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 7/14/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the JA Buffet was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 14 violations were found.

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

  • Metal shelving racks in walk in cooler are rusted, have chipped paint and have a mold/food residue build up and must be cleaned and repaired.
  • Both ice machine have mold residue on top of interior bins and chute area.
  • Observed Ansul system and cook line equipment in the kitchen area, with encrusted grease and soil accumulation.
  • Drink ice in waitress stand stored in a bucket with no covering. Corrected.
  • Food Facility Person in Charge not able to produce records showing that raw or partially cooked ready to eat fish has been frozen by the facility or approved supplier as required, before use or sale.
  • No PH records for sushi rice.
  • Observed deeply scored bain marie cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.
  • Old food residue build up on spray hose nozzle and handle of the prewash hose at the warewashing machine.
  • Wooden 2×4’s used to support racks going across top of walk in cooler are moldy and are subject to moisture and must be removed.
  • Rear door located in the kitchen area of the food facility has a screen door with a gap and torn screens that does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
  • Plastic spatula utensils used for cooking are deformed/chipped and misshapen from heat, and are not durable under normal use in the food facility. Corrected by discarding.
  • Single-use, plastic take-out containers were being used as scoops in bulk flour/cornstarch bags. Corrected.
  • Bain marie cutting boards have stagnant water/mold underneath. Corrected.
  • A working container of *cleaner / sanitizer* was stored above or on the same shelf with food, equipment, and/or single service articles in the waitress area. Corrected.
  • An open employee’s beverage container was observed in cook line area, a food preparation area. Corrected.
  • Observed several freezer foods stored directly on the floor in freezer area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.
  • Observed various food stored in bain marie area, where it is subject to splash from ponding condensate water in bottom of bain marie. Corrected by moving food.
  • Pots used as scoops in flours and cornstarch bags have a heavy food residue build up on handles and scoop areas and must be cleaned. Corrected.