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Lehigh Valley food safety inspections: Expired meat, dairy, produce for sale; insects crawling near coffee; bread in splash zone

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Here are the food safety inspection reports from Lehigh and Northampton counties, conducted the week of Jan. 28.

Each week, we highlight the inspection reports provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The department performs the inspections in many areas, while some municipalities such as Allentown and Bethlehem conduct their own inspections.

All establishments are inspected once per year, and inspectors may return several more times if the initial inspection is not passed or complaints are received. (For more information on how food safety inspections are conducted in Pennsylvania, view a .)

As noted by the Department of Agriculture, the reports are merely a “snapshot” in time, and they may not be representative of the restaurant’s long-term condition. Many of the violations are corrected on the spot prior to the inspector leaving the establishment.

If a food provider is considered “out of compliance”, that means it has one or more violations that require a return visit by an inspector. The establishment is given time to fix the violations and remains open for business.

You can view the complete inspection reports for any establishment in the Department of Agriculture’s. To report an illness after eating or drinking at an establishment, use the department’s . (Please don’t contact us: we do not inspect restaurants.)

Above & Beyond Care Learning Center

817 E 4th St., Bethlehem

Latest inspection: 1/31/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Bethlehem City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

Balbuena Grocery & Deli

635 Broadway, Bethlehem

Latest inspection: 1/30/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Bethlehem City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

Burger King #482

1958 S 4th St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 4

  • Observed food employee change single use gloves after changing work task without a prior hand wash. Ensure employees wash their hands before donning single use gloves when changing tasks.
  • The seal on the chest freezer was fixed by using duct tape which is not easily cleanable. Replace with a proper seal and maintain this unit.
  • The walk in cooler door that leads to the exterior of the facility exhibited a gap and allows for entry of pests. Repair this door.
  • Ventilation fans on the food prepping area show dust and debris. Clean fans as necessary to prevent debris build up.

Carmelcorn Shop

26 E Third St., Bethlehem

Latest inspection: 1/31/2024

Inspection type: Regular by City of Easton Bureau of Health

Compliance: In

Violations: None

Couchpota.doh! Kitchen

306 Brodhead Ave., Bethlehem

Latest inspection: 1/30/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Bethlehem City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

C-Town Supermarket

401 Tilghman St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/30/2024

Inspection type: Follow-up by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 2

  • Commercially processed ready to eat foods, located in the facility, and held more than 24 hours, are not being marked with the date it was opened. Datemark all foods if holding for more than 24 hours.
  • Tres Leche was observed in the retail area without a label of its common name and ingredients. Label all food with its common name and ingredients.

David’s Italian Market

346 Main St., Emmaus

Latest inspection: 1/28/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Emmaus Borough

Compliance: In

Violations: 3

  • Bread rolls were stored in the splash zone of the hand wash sink. Store food in a protected area.
  • Commercially processed ready to eat deli meats and cheeses, located in the deli case, and held more than 48 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened.
  • Grease trap and plumbing attached to the grease trap is soiled. Clean thoroughly.

Early Dreamers Childcare

2231 S 10th St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/30/2024

Inspection type: Opening by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

East Penn Diner

1418 Chestnut St., Emmaus

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Emmaus Borough

Compliance: In

Violations: 4

  • Raw chicken and other raw meats were stored above open containers of pasta in refrigerator on the cooking line. Store chicken and raw meats below ready-to-eat foods following proper hierarchy.
  • Turkeys were being thawed in standing water in the large kettle. Thaw under luke warm running water or in refrigeration.
  • Several soups, at 140-150° F, were being cooled in 5 gallon buckets in the walk-in cooler. Cool rapidly in smaller shallow pans, with an ice wand, or other approved cooling method.
  • Grease and food waste accumulated on the floor under fryer and grill. Clean thoroughly.

Easton1314 Bethlehem, LLC DBA Pizza Hut

1314 Easton Ave., Bethlehem

Latest inspection: 2/1/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Bethlehem City

Compliance: In

Violations: 1

  • At time of inspection a thermometer for ensuring proper temperatures of food was not available or readily accessible in Bain Marie

F & W Mini Market

18 S Carlisle St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/30/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 2

  • Slushy machine has a build-up of old syrup in the machine. Properly clean, rinse and sanitize this piece of equipment.
  • Facility was not using trash receptacles for its outside storage of refuse. Acquire trash receptacles to properly store refuse.

Family Dollar #22811

1732 Stefko Blvd., Allentown

Latest inspection: 2/1/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Bethlehem City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

Gloria’s Family Day Care

1050 E Gordon St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

Guzman Mini Market

248 N 2nd St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/31/2024

Inspection type: Follow-up by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 1

  • Mops are not being hung to air dry. Hang mops to air dry.

Hersh’s Market

131 S 17th St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Opening by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 1

  • The floor in the front of the walk in cooler is dirty. Clean the floor in front of the walk in cooler.

House of Pizza

602 N 12th St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Allentown City

Compliance: Out

Violations: 8

  • Food Employee observed changing tasks that may have contaminated hands without a proper handwash in-between. Ensure to wash hands when changing tasks and before donning single use gloves.
  • Flour was observed in the prep table with no covering. Cover all food at all times. –Raw chicken was observed above dough for pizza in the refrigerator. Ensure to stored food according to food hierarchy.
  • Wiping cloths were observed stored on top of the prep table. Ensure to store wiping cloths inside a container with a sanitize solution.
  • Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to control ready to eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food. Ensure to keep a log to discard pizzas after 4 hours.
  • The food facility does not maintain Food Employee Certification records as required. Ensure a Food Employee Manager Certification is obtained by a worker on staff.
  • Hot water knob at the handwash sink in the dining area is not working. Fix the hot water knob.
  • Soap was not available at the handwash sinks in the kitchen and dining area. These were stocked before the end of the inspection. Ensure to stock soap at the handwash sink at all times.
  • Paper towels were not available at the handwash sinks in the kitchen and dining area. These were stocked before the end of the inspection. Ensure to stock paper towels at the handwash sink at all times.

Katie Finnegan LLC DBA The Bayou

702 Hawthorne Rd., Bethlehem

Latest inspection: 2/1/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Bethlehem City

Compliance: In

Violations: 4

  • Deeply scored and stained cutting board on drawer Bain Marie unit.
  • Grease build up on hood piping above stove. –Heavy grease build up on castors of fryers. –Heavy rust build up on shelving in both walk in coolers.
  • Static dust build up on ceiling vents in cooking area.
  • Hand washing sink on cooking line was not stocked with soap, paper towels, or a hand wash reminder sign, indicating employees are not properly utilizing designated hand washing sink. *Corrected

La Bodeguita Grocery and Deli

540 Broadway, Bethlehem

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Bethlehem City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

Lee’s Hoagie House

630 State Rd., Emmaus

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Emmaus Borough

Compliance: In

Violations: 1

  • Trash can was placed in front of ice machine bin on top of a milk crate, presenting a possible source of contamination. Store waste and food separate.

Lit Coffee Roasters and Bakeshop

26 E Third St., Bethlehem

Latest inspection: 1/31/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Bethlehem City

Compliance: In

Violations: 2

  • Small glass bottle of Italian-style soda on display for retail sale is not properly labeled with ingredient statement, distributed by statement, net weight and major allergen statement.
  • Debris build up on top, non-ice contact portion of interior of ice machine.

Los Compadres Mini Mart

1649 Washington St., Easton

Latest inspection: 1/31/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Wilson Borough

Compliance: In

Violations: None

Love You More Early Learning Ctr

37 S 15th St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Opening by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

LVCC @ Hays Elementary

1223 Gordon St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 2/2/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

Maria Deli & Groceries

1301 W Turner St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/30/2024

Inspection type: Follow-up by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 2

  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Deli meats and cheeses in the deli were held for more than 24 hours without date marking. Ensure all prepared foods held for more than 24 hours are date marked with a discard date that is 7 days from the date of opening or preparation.

McDonald’s

1101 Chestnut St., Emmaus

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Emmaus Borough

Compliance: In

Violations: 2

  • Sewer gas odors emanating from waste line in the basement. Make necessary repairs.
  • Grease dripping from flat grill onto floor. Repair as needed – clean the floor.

McDonald’s

1432 S 4th St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/30/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Allentown City

Compliance: Out

Violations: 8

  • Spoon in coffee area used to mix drinks was observed stored in a container of water which is not maintained at 135° F. Ensure food utensils are stored in water above 135° F.
  • The SoftServe machine had a leak due to missing part in the dispensing area. Repair equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • The SoftServe machine, was observed to have old residue and was leaking due to missing part. The leak was covered with a dirty wiping cloth which was in close contact with the food item being prepared. *Employee marked the machine out of service, cleaned and reassembled it to replace the missing part. Ensure soft serve machine has no leaks and is kept clean at all times.
  • The cabinets under the fountain drink dispenser are dirty and exhibit old build up. Deep clean cabinets and add it to your routine cleaning.
  • The food facility does not have a handwash sink located in the ware washing area. Layout plans show handwash sink previously located on this area next to the 3-bay sink. Re-install handwash sink in the ware washing area.
  • Freezer door leading to the outside of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals. Cover the gap below the door.
  • Observed live insects on the floor behind the coffee prepping station. Drains in this area are visibly dirty and a possible source for insect proliferation. Clean drains daily to prevent increase of insect activity.
  • Mops are not being hung to air dry. Hang mops to air dry after each use.

Orizaba

614 W Broad St., Bethlehem

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Bethlehem City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

Pomfret Club

33 S 4th St., Easton

Latest inspection: 2/1/2024

Inspection type: Regular by City of Easton Bureau of Health

Compliance: Out

Violations: 8

  • Food in the upright refrigerator and in the walk-in cooler was stored open with no covering. Cover food immediately and at all times while being stored.
  • Soup and lobster bisque, were not cooled from 135° F to 70° F in 2 hours and/or from 135° F to 41° F within 6 hours, after preparation. The soup had an internal temperature of 55° F and lobster bisque temperature was 45° F in the walk-in cooler. Discard the soup and lobster bisque, and correct your cooling practice immediately.
  • Observed food being cooled in large stock pots in walk-in cooler, which is not a proper cooling method. Place food in containers no more than 4 inches deep or use ice wands or ice baths to cool food rapidly.
  • Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 48 hours and is not being date marked. Label all food with the name of the food, and the date on which it was prepared.
  • Char-broiler and fryer equipment, in the main kitchen area, had an accumulation of grease and food residue on non-food contact surfaces. Clean this equipment and maintain it in a clean condition.
  • Utensils were observed in the handwash sink in the main kitchen, indicating uses other than handwashing. Correct immediately. This sink shall be used for handwashing only.
  • Paper towel dispensers were empty at the handwash sink in the main kitchen area, and employees’ restroom. Supply paper towels to all hand sinks immediately and at all times. –Soap was not available at the handwash sinks in the main kitchen and employees’ restroom. Supply soap to all hand sinks immediately and at all times.
  • The floor under the cooking equipment requires cleaning to remove an accumulation of grease and food debris. Clean this floor. –There is a tear in the floor covering of the first floor prep kitchen. The floor tiles on the stairs to the employee restroom are cracked. Repair both floors.

Quick Stop Mini Mart

1240 Lehigh St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Follow-up by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 2

  • The quaternary ammonia concentration in the sanitizing solution of the 3-bay ware wash sink was below 50 ppm, rather than 200 ppm as stated on the manufacturers use directions. Ensure the proper amount of sanitizing solution is being used to sanitize utensils and equipment.
  • Ceiling tiles missing in the backroom area by the 3-bay sink. Ensure missing ceiling tiles are replaced.

Rite Aid Pharmacy #836

1781 Stefko Blvd., Bethlehem

Latest inspection: 2/1/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Bethlehem City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

Rite-Stop Deli & Grocery

300 Hobart St., Bethlehem

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Bethlehem City

Compliance: In

Violations: 1

  • Six quart size half and half containers on display for retail sale dated 1/27. *Corrected

Rose Bowl

801 N 15th St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 2/1/2024

Inspection type: Follow-up by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 4

  • Time in lieu of temperature is being used without proper documentation to verify disposition of food. Ensure a log is kept to track the time when the pizzas are made and a discard time that does not exceed 4 hours.
  • Faucet at the handwash sink in the bar area is leaking. Fix this unit.
  • Soap was not available at the handwash sink in the bar area. Ensure to stock soap at the handwash sink at all times.
  • The floor under the pizza maker showed a buildup of food debris. Additionally, the microwave in the kitchen area was observed with debris and dirt. Clean the floor under the pizza maker and the microwave.

Sanctuary Learning Daycare

1314 E Livingston St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 2/1/2024

Inspection type: Opening by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

South Mountain Beverages

704 W Emaus Ave., Allentown

Latest inspection: 2/2/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 2

  • The handwash sink in the back area was blocked by beer boxes and not accessible for employee use. Ensure hand wash sink is accessible at all the times.
  • Paper towels were not available at hand wash sink. Ensure hand wash sink is always supplied with paper towels.

Southside Pizza

704 W Emaus Ave., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/31/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 6

  • Cooked chicken in the fridge is stored open with no covering. Cover all open items on the fridge. –Food hierarchy is not being followed in the kitchen fridge. Ensure to organize food and stack raw animal products by required internal cooking temperatures with the highest temperature on the bottom.
  • Multiple commercially processed items, located in the kitchen fridge, and held more than 24 hours, are not being marked with the date they were opened. Datemark items once the original packaging is open.
  • Prepackaged cake is not labeled with the name of product and is not labeled clearly to indicate any allergens or ingredients. Label food with the common name, ingredients and any of the Big 9 allergens.
  • Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Acquire this piece of equipment.
  • Food facility inspection indicates evidence of insect activity in kitchen areas, but facility does not have an active pest control program. Contact professional pest control program and apply treatment as necessary.
  • Unnecessary items not relevant to the facility were observed in the backroom near the mop sink. Remove these items.

Supremo Foods

602 N 7th St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 2/1/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Allentown City

Compliance: Out

Violations: 9

  • Expired packages of lettuce were in the retail area and intended for sale. *These were discarded before the end of the inspection. Ensure to remove all expired food from the retail area.
  • Observed meat package damaged in the retail area. This was sent back to the meat department before the end of the inspection. Ensure to keep the integrity of the package at all times.
  • Observed wet wiping cloths in Meat Department, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Ensure to store wiping cloths in a sanitizer solution at all times.
  • Observed a meat container directly on the floor in the Meat Department, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. *This container was moved during the inspection. Keep all food at least 6 inches off the floor.
  • Meat packages in the facility were past their date mark and still offered for sale. Remove these items and discard. Check for expired items regularly.
  • Food Employee admitted to wash, sanitize and then rinsing all food contact surfaces. Ensure to wash, rinse, sanitize and let air dry as the last step.
  • The food safety certification for Enid has expired. Renew this certification or have a new staff member gain the certification.
  • The drain under the three-compartment sink is clogged. Unclogged the drain.
  • Soap was not accessible at the handwash sink in the fish area due to broken dispenser. Ensure to have soap available at all times and fix the soap dispenser.

The Crust

3043 W Emaus Ave., Allentown

Latest inspection: 2/2/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 3

  • Observed wet wiping cloths in food prepping area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Keep wet wiping cloths in sanitizing solution.
  • Food employee certification expired on 02/27/23. Renew food employee certification.
  • Paper towels were not available at the hand wash sink. Ensure paper towels are available at the hand wash sink at all times.

Toastique

21 E Third St., Bethlehem

Latest inspection: 1/31/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Bethlehem City

Compliance: In

Violations: 2

  • Warning statement is not provided on unpasteurized juice in 2 ounce glass bottles packaged for retail sale.
  • The quaternary ammonia concentration in the sanitizing solution of the 3-bay warewash sink was <100 ppm, rather than 200-400 ppm as stated on the manufacturers use directions. *Corrected at time of inspection.

Trishna Mini Market

219 W Hamilton St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 2/1/2024

Inspection type: Follow-up by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

Turner Street Market

1401 W Turner St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/30/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 3

  • The slushie machines located in the front of the store have syrup buildup on nozzles. The units should be broken down and cleaned with wash, rinse, and sanitizing procedures. Clean the machines.
  • Three bay sink plumbing system not maintained in good repair, middle bay was clogged during inspection. Repair this equipment.
  • The ceiling above paper products in the rear of the store was missing ceiling titles. Repair and replace these tiles. –The ceiling above the 3 bay sink is in disrepair. Repair the ceiling.

Wawa Food Market #120

2209 Lehigh St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 2

  • Waste not being removed from the food facility at an appropriate frequency as evidenced by an overflow of uncontained trash bags in the outdoor trash storage space. Ensure waste is contained at all the times and picked up at an appropriate frequency to avoid over accumulation.
  • Soap dispenser for handwash sink in the back prepping room was not functioning. Employee replaced the batteries. Ensure soap dispenser is functioning at all times.

Wendy’s Restaurant #19319

1160 Hellertown Rd., Bethlehem

Latest inspection: 2/1/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Bethlehem City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

Wonderland Kidz Childcare Center

1302 Hanover Ave., Ste 1352 Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/30/2024

Inspection type: Regular by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: None

Wow Bakery

1328 Tilghman St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/29/2024

Inspection type: Follow-up by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 4

  • Raw chicken was observed above pork in the walk-in cooler. Store food according to internal cooking temperature.
  • Juice containers were observed without a food label and its ingredients. Label all food with its ingredients and the common name of food.
  • Ice machine was observed with debris and mold. Wash, rinse, and sanitize the ice machine.
  • Broken floor tiles were observed in the walk-in cooler. Replace floor tiles.

Zandy’s Steak Shop

813 St., John St., Allentown

Latest inspection: 1/30/2024

Inspection type: Follow-up by Allentown City

Compliance: In

Violations: 4

  • Utensils are not being washed and sanitized often enough. There is visible signs of grease and dust. Clean in use utensils every 4hrs and keep utensils in storage clean and protected.
  • Observed continuous roll of cloth towels in bathroom. Disposable paper towels or air hand drier must be supplied.
  • Food facility inspection indicates evidence of rodents/insect activity in kitchen area, facility has a pest control program. Continue monitoring pest control treatment and increase treatment frequency if necessary.
  • The kitchen floor and counters have grease and debris. Clean facility as often as necessary to prevent grease and debris build up.

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