Ridgway, PA

West End Grocery

608 Oak ST
Ridgway, PA 15853

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 4/13/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations West End Grocery was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 12 violations were found.

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

  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • The plastic rack in the walk-in cooler was observed to have an accumulation of food debris. There are cobwebs located in the walk-in cooler. The kitchen shelves have an accumulation of food debris.
  • Prepackaged mac and cheese, goulash, wings, cheese, smoked sausage, pasta salad, hoagies, and ice cream not being labeled with the list of ingredients. Product was removed from the retail open air cooler.
  • Uncovered cup of coffee and cell phone stored on the in-use deli slicer (based on food debris still on slicer) which is a food contact surface. Corrected during inspection.
  • Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand wash sink in the kitchen area. Corrected during inspection.
  • Saw handle was fixed with fraying duct tape which cannot be sanitized properly.
  • A door in the kitchen area, is open, unscreened, and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
  • Ready to eat smoked ham and sauerkraut displayed under raw meat in the retail cooler.
  • Hard-boiled eggs sitting out during prep were at 51 deg F. Products were moved back to cooler. Discussed the need to stay on task to minimize time out of temperature.*
  • The door frame for the walk in cooler is not finished. There is some fiberglass insulation exposed there.
  • An open employee’s beverage container was observed in kitchen prep area, a food preparation area. Corrected during inspection.
  • Ready-to-eat foods, macaroni, soups, and deli meat not being date marked in the walk-in cooler.

*The temperature danger zone is food temperatures between 41 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit and the most rapid bacteria growth occurs between 70 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The longer food sits in this temperature range, the greater the risk that bacteria will begin to grow on food. These violations are considered, "Food Borne Illness Risk Factor" violations.