Limerick Diner fails 10th inspection this year, down to 3 violations from 8 last week; inspector threatens closure

Limerick Diner fails 10th inspection this year, down to 3 violations from 8 last week; inspector threatens closure

Limerick, PA

UPDATE: November 27, 2019- A follow-up inspection occurred on Tuesday November 27, 2019 and the Limerick Diner passed that inspection with NO violations.

Limerick Diner

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on November 21, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Limerick Diner was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 3 violations were found. Last week the restaurant was hit with 8 violations. All tolled this makes 10 “Out of Compliance” inspections in 2019.

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

  • Observed 12 dented cans on storage rack. Facility removed from rack and separated. Do not use or sell.
  • Observed Burgers, chicken breast, and chicken fingers holding at a temperature less than 135 degrees. All food held for hot holding must maintain a temperature of 135 degrees or above. Facility voluntarily discarded.*
  • Observed leak in the basement area. Facility stated that plumber was on site for some repairs for violations noted on previous inspection. Plumber is stated to return later tonight (11/21/19) for continuing repairs. Facility must supply repair reports and or invoices of work completed and or to be completed to MCOPH. (5 times repeat)

The owner of the Limerick Diner contacted the Pennsylvania Chronicle making the following statement earlier this week:

I am politely requesting that you remove and/or redact the following article that has been posted and subsequently shared on your website. We’ve had the opportunity to review the aforementioned article and have reason to believe that it contains a substantial misrepresentation of facts. Thank you for your commitment to accurate and truthful journalism.**

The inspector, additionally, made the following statement:

Follow-up conducted in regards to failure to consistently correct repeated violations observed on previous routine and follow-up inspections. Facility is responsible for correcting multiple repeated violations on inspection dated 11/13/19 and an administrative conference may be scheduled accordingly. Note: Due to repeated violations seen on todays inspection (11/21/19) facility will be issued a reinspection to occur on Tuesday 11/26/19, all violations noted on todays inspection must be corrected prior to scheduled re-inspection. Facility must submit a reinspection fee of $325.00 at a MCDOH office prior to reinspection. Failure to do so may result in follow-up actions in accordance to law including possible closure. Any question please contact MCOPH at 610-970-5040 and ask to speak to a representative of environmental field services.


* 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.

** Editors Note: The Pennsylvania Chronicle stands by the earlier reporting. The reporting is based on the violations cited by MCOPH and the comments made by inspectors in support of their findings are published without editing. Klein failed to state what he found to be inaccurate.

8 inspection failed inspections this year, Limerick Diner blows number 9 on November 13