Scott TWP outside Pittsburgh; Tamarind Savoring India 12 violations; utensils found in stagnant water, pile of old rodent droppings next to the utility sink in the pastry room

Scott TWP outside Pittsburgh; Tamarind Savoring India 12 violations; utensils  found in stagnant water, pile of old rodent droppings next to the utility sink in the pastry room

Scott Township, PA

Tamarind Savoring India

Scott Towne Center
2101 Greentree Road STE B117 
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

The Allegheny County Health Department conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 1/28/21 at the Tamarind Savoring India.  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:

  • Several containers with bulk ingredients are not labeled with their contents to the left of the stoves on the cook line and in the storage/prep room.
  • The employees do not have cooling charts for recent days of operation. There are reports from late 2020, but the owners stated that they have not been recording cooling temperatures since they opened back up in early January of 2021. Be sure to record all cooling temperatures on the charts, especially with the large quantities of food being prepared.
  • The 3-door prep-cooler closer to the handwashing sink on the cook line is lacking a thermometer. Provide a thermometer for this cooling unit.
  • Several containers of food in the walk-in coolers are not labeled with preparation or discard dates. Be sure to label all food that is prepared and intended to be kept for more than 24 hours with the date that it was prepared/opened and a discard date that of 7 days from the preparation date (including the day of preparation).
  • A few cooking utensils were found in stagnant water on the stove at 54 degrees F. In order to keep utensils in water like this, the water needs to be kept at 135 degrees F or higher; otherwise, this practice should not continue. This could become a high source of contamination for the food.
  • The test strips provided were actually pH measuring strips. Be sure to order new test strips for both quaternary ammonium solutions and chlorine solutions. The chlorine solutions will be used for testing the dishwasher.
  • The right handwashing sink in the men’s restroom has a small leak while draining water. This should be fixed before it becomes a bigger issue. There is a bucket being used to catch the water that is changed out every day.
  • There is a small pile of old rodent droppings next to the utility sink in the pastry room. These droppings need to be cleaned. The door in the kitchen leading out to the dumpsters next to the solo walk-in cooler is showing some daylight at the bottom. This is enough space for rodents to enter the building. Repair the door sweep here to prevent this from happening. 
  • 3 spray bottles containing blue liquids were found with no labels. All spray bottles need to be labeled with the names of their contents to avoid confusion and/or potential accidents.
  • A single Dichlorvos pest bar was found on the paper towel dispenser at the bar. The bar war removed during the inspection. These can cause health issues after long periods of exposure. Discard any other bars found after inspection.
  • The celery underneath the fan unit in the walk-in freezer was covered in ice. Try to protect food being stored in refrigeration/freezing units. The celery was discarded during the inspection.
  • There is cardboard and aluminum foil being used to cover storage racks throughout the kitchen. These are not permissible materials for this. Cardboard absorbs and holds moisture which allows bacteria to grow. Aluminum foil is not easily cleaned. Stop using these items for this purpose.
  • The handwashing sink closer to the solo walk-in cooler needs to be caulked back to the wall.
  • The left bottom corner of the solo walk-in cooler is severely damaged. This should be looked at before it becomes a bigger issue. Try to have this fixed and covered.
  • The dumpsters were found open. Keep the lids closed to prevent pests from digging through the trash.
  • There is a missing outlet on the wall by the food prep sink next to the cook line. This should be replaced. Pests tend to use these as harborage when the outlets are missing.