Souderton’s Penelope’s Pizza & Pasta fouls Health Department inspection; Back kitchen hand sink lacking soap and paper towels, Date marking lacking on food in refrigeration

Souderton’s Penelope’s Pizza & Pasta fouls Health Department inspection; Back kitchen hand sink lacking soap and paper towels, Date marking lacking on food in refrigeration

Soudertown, PA

Penelope’s Pizza & Pasta

84 Souderton Hatfield Pike
Soudertown, PA 18964

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 Penelope’s Pizza & Pasta was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 6 violations were found and include one or more violations determined to be food borne illness risk factors.

This most recent inspection marks the ninth straight time the restaurant has failed to be, “In Compliance” according to reporting by The Philadelphia Inquirer:

  • Jul 5, 2017- 6 violations including 4 food borne illness risk factor violations.
  • Jan 9, 2018- 8 violations with 4 
  • Sep 19, 2018- 8 violations with 5 
  • Jan 16, 2019- 16 violations with 7 
  • Feb 6, 2019- reinspection finds 9 violations with 5 
  • May 6, 2019- 10 violations with 6 
  • Aug 5, 2019- Complaint inspection 10 violations with 7 
  • Aug 27, 2019- reinspection- finds 3 violations including 1 

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

  • Back kitchen hand sink lacking soap and paper towels. Provide immediately.
  • Tuna salad in bowl on top of bain marie temped at 55F. Facility voluntarily discarded. Hold at 41F or below.
  • Date marking lacking on food in refrigeration. All food prepped on site and held longer than 24 hours must be dated and discarded after 7 days.
  • Unsealed bags of flour and bread crumbs in dry storage, uncovered container of salt, uncovered trays in walk-in freezer. Keep foods covered to prevent contamination. Facility covered/sealed all foods.
  • Scoops without handles observed stored in container of salt. Facility removed. Ensure scoops have handles and are stored with handle not touching food.
  • Grease-like buildup between equipment. Clean.