Pottstown Metro 100 Diner fouls 3rd straight inspection; Food with mold like growth observed in walk-in cooler, slicer unclean

Pottstown Metro 100 Diner fouls 3rd straight inspection; Food with mold like growth observed in walk-in cooler, slicer unclean

Pottstown, PA

Pottstown Metro 100 Diner

99 W King ST
Pottstown, PA 19464

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 7/1/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Pottstown Metro 100 Diner was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 7 violations were found and include one or more violations determined to be food borne illness risk factors.

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

  • Facility lacking a current MCOPH CFSM. Facility has 10 business days to submit reciprocity application or submit proof of registration in an approved food safety course.
  • Lacking single service towels for hand sink – Corrected
  • Food with mold like growth observed in walk-in cooler, voluntarily discarded at time of inspection.
  • Slicer unclean.
  • ROP fish being thawed in packaging. Must put a slice in packaging or remove from packaging to thaw – Corrected (see note below)
  • Metal strip in poor repair on walk-in cooler door – Corrected
  • Observed debris on walk in cooler floor.

Labeling on frozen fish products in Reduced Oxygen Packaging (ROP) packaging will state: The fish should be kept frozen until time of use and prior to the fish being thawed under refrigeration or prior to or immediately upon completion of thawing, the fish should be removed from the packaging. By opening the packaging when thawing the vacuum packaged fish, oxygen is present and the spores will not produce the vegetative cells that produce the toxin.

What’s the concern? Clostridium botulinum and Listeria monocytogenes are the bacteria of primary concern when thawing vacuum packed fish. By opening the packaging when thawing the vacuum packaged fish, oxygen is present and the spores will not produce the vegetative cells that produce the toxin.

Learn more about this issue from Michigan State University when you click or tap this article: Open your vacuum packed fish before thawing