Las Palmas in Pittsburgh fouls 2nd inspection in a month; Hand sink by taco stand was unplugged and not working, face masks below noses

Las Palmas in Pittsburgh fouls 2nd inspection in a month; Hand sink by taco stand was unplugged and not working, face masks below noses

Pittsburgh, PA

Las Palmas

700 Brookline Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15226

The Allegheny County Health Department’s Food Safety Program conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 7/13/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Las Palmas was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 4 violations were found.

Las Palmas was the subject of a Health Department Advisory last month. (see link below)

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

  • Facility prepared lard at 8am at the Broadway location, at 2pm when temperature was taken it was at 50F degrees in walk-in cooler on the shelving unit located by access door.* See note below
  • Facility pico and salsa both were at a temperature of 50F degrees on shelf by access door of walk-in cooler.*
  • Walk in cooler temperature cooler at 48F degrees by door and registered at 40F degrees in center of cooler.
  • Merchandiser cooler by taco stand is being used to store white shredded cheese for quesadilla. Unit is only approved for packaged, non-TCS, bottled products.
  • Hand sink by taco stand was unplugged and not working at start of inspection. Manager plugged in hand sink and began properly working.
  • During inspection Certified Food Protection Manager, Manager, cashier, and another employee not wearing mask properly with them under their nose.

Health Department Advisory; Las Palmas in Pittsburgh- Unsafe cooling, Insufficient and malfunctioning refrigeration, Lack of hand washing facilities