Inspector; Allentown Meat Market found using degreaser instead of sanitizer in 3 bay ware washing sink

Inspector; Allentown Meat Market found using degreaser instead of sanitizer in 3 bay ware washing sink

Allentown, PA

Allentown Outlet Meat and Produce


The City of Allentown conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 8/6/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Allentown Outlet Meat and Produce< was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 6 violations were found.

This marks the third straight annual inspection the store has been found, “Out of Compliance.”

Most Recent Inspection Inspection Type In Compliance  
04/05/2019 Follow-up In  
03/26/2019 Regular Out Violation(s) 7
09/27/2018 Follow-up In  
09/17/2018 Regular Out Violation(s) 5

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

  • Cleaners not meant to be sanitizing agents were reported and observed to be used as a sanitize solution. Dispose of the made up solutions. Thoroughly wash rinse and sanitize any food contact surfaces/utensils that came in contact with this cleaner. Only use NSF approved sanitizers at their recommended concentration for cleaning food contact surfaces. Read manufacturers label to understand what uses a chemical is meant for.
  • A de-greasing agent was being used as a sanitizer in the 3 bay sink behind the deli counter. Refer to the manufacturer label of a cleaning agent to understand its use. Replace with an NSF approved sanitizing agent.
  • Observed a working container of cleaner being used at the meat department 3 bay sink. This item had the manufacturers label peeled off of it. All cleaning chemicals being stored in their original container must have the manufacturers label intact.
  • The hand wash sink at the deli is loosely secured to the wall. Additionally, there is an accumulation of dirt and debris underneath the retail shelves. Re-secure the hand wash sink and clean under the retail shelves.
  • Prepackaged sofrito made on premise is not being labeled with an ingredient list and a use by date. Provide this information on the product.
  • Observed milk stored directly on the floor in walk in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Place these items at least six inches off the ground.