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Dead mouse, live roaches and sewer water closed Philly eateries

Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer

Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 2:14 PM

Clean Plates

A dead mouse in a trap, toilets that won’t flush, problems with hot water, and expired baby formula highlight the violations in the latest Clean Plates report.

Location of Pike's Seafood, 1940 E Washington Ln. Google
Location of Panda Garden, 275 W. Mount Pleasant Ave. Google
Location of Liberia Waterside Market, 6900 Elmwood Road. Google
Location of Macaroni's Pasta and Seafood, 9315 Old Bustleton Ave. Google
Location of Train Station Food, 5570 Market St. Google
Location of Mecho Mini Market899 Brill St. Google
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Between Jan. 16 and Jan. 31, Philadelphia Department of Public Health inspectors temporarily closed 24 restaurants, markets, and stores.

The inspectors visit nearly 1,000 eateries and food retailers every two weeks. Each inspection is generally regarded as a snapshot in time, and not necessarily a reflection of day-to-day conditions. Most violations were corrected immediately in the presence of an inspector.

To look up reports on a specific Philadelphia restaurant, or a Montgomery, Bucks, or Gloucester County eatery, visit philly.com/cleanplates.

A list of eateries that were closed, or are facing court dates, follows:

Location of Pike's Seafood, 1940 E Washington Ln.

Pike’s Seafood
1940 E Washington Ln.
13 violations, 1 serious
A dead mouse was found on a trap in the rear storage area; mouse droppings were found in the back storage area; facility lacked an adequate amount of drainboards to accommodate all soiled and cleaned items that accumulated during hours of operation; floor surfaces were not in good repair; there were uneven cement surfaces; holes, gaps, and unsealed pipe penetrations found in the ceilings and walls in the food prep and ware washing areas; heavy ice accumulation found in the walk-in freezer unit.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Jan. 29.

El Nino Grocery Inc.
4540 Rising Sun Ave.
25 violations, 7 serious
Standing sewage water was found in the basement area; nine cans of expired Nestle Nido formula found on retail shelving; mouse droppings found on the shelving throughout the food prep, retail, and basement areas; the front door did not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals; the slicer had an accumulation of food residue on the food contact surfaces and was not being washed, rinsed, and sanitized at least every four hours; there were opened deli meats and cheeses located in the display case, that were not marked; thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food were not available or readily accessible; there were unapproved griddle, toaster oven, fryer, and drying racks in the facility.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Jan 29.

We Yone Restaurant
7200 Elmwood Ave.
1 violation, 1 serious
The food safety certified person was not present.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the department to resume operations. Inspected Jan. 29.

The Dollar General
600 E Chelten Ave.
4 violations, 1 serious
Shampoos were stored above and on the same shelf with pet food; there were mouse droppings found throughout the facility including on shelving, clothing racks and under the small beverage refrigerator and in basement areas; dust and debris were found on the floors and perimeters in the retail area.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Jan 29.

Location of Panda Garden, 275 W. Mount Pleasant Ave.

Panda Garden
275 W. Mount Pleasant Ave.
12 violations, 2 serious
There was a mouse infestation in the facility with visible physical evidence of rodent activity found in the cooking, food prep, rear and basement storage areas, and the toilet room; the can opener had an accumulation of food residue on the food contact surfaces; open insecticides or rodenticides were not labeled by the manufacturer for food facility usage; personal coats were stored on the prepackaged beverages; the external surfaces of the grease traps had been altered.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Jan 24.

Little Jimmie’s Bakery Cafe
6669 Germantown Ave.
1 violation, 1 serious
The food safety certified person was not present.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the department to resume operations. Inspected Jan. 24.

Dejesus 624
624 W. Cumberland St.
12 violations, 4 serious
Mouse droppings were found in the kitchen area under the hand wash sink, back bar counter, and floor around bar perimeter; a soda gun in the bar area was not clean to sight or touch; hot water used for sanitizer in ware wash sink in bar area was not at the required temperature; person in charge was unable to properly describe ware washing techniques; the rear kitchen door in the food facility did not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the department to resume operations. Inspected Jan 24.

Lourn Pizza
2339 W. Lehigh Ave.
1 violation, 1 serious
The food safety certified person was out of the country at the time of the inspection. The establishment voluntarily closed until the food safety certified person was available.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the department to resume operations. Dated Jan 24.

Location of Liberia Waterside Market, 6900 Elmwood Road.

Liberia Waterside Market
6900 Elmwood Ave.
27 violations; 10 serious
Palm oil was found in containers that were marked as vegetable oil or unlabeled; there were damaged bags of lamb found in the freezer; the sanitizing system was not functioning; there was a clogged floor drain and indirect drain in the rear; cold water was not available at the hand wash sink in the ware washing area; an employee was seen eating or tasting food from the vegetable scale and prep area; employees were donning single use gloves without a prior hand wash; the oven thermometer was found in the freezer; mouse feces was found in the rear area; the walk-in freezer was not sealed to the wall.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Jan 24.

16 & Nedro Grocery Store
1601 W. Nedro Ave.
15 violations; 4 serious
The slicer had an accumulation of food residue on the food contact surfaces and was not being washed, rinsed, and sanitized at least every four hours; there was debris in the retail area behind ATM machine; a hole was found in the ceiling of the retail area; the lightbulbs in the retail area ceiling at the service window were not shielded from breakage; mouse droppings were found in the ware washing area; the garbage disposal was installed improperly; food debris was found inside bottom of refrigeration units; the dumpster was found open.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Jan 24.

Citgo
7150 Torresdale Ave.
12 violations, 3 serious
There was no running water in the facility; the toilet did not flush; hot/cold water was lacking at the hand washing sink; there was no thermometer in the milk refrigerator; floor needed general cleaning throughout store, between refrigerators, and in back room; cabinetry doors under former coffee station, interior of all beverage refrigerators, and fan guards in the beverage refrigerators all needed cleaning; wall damage was found in the back room, the west facing wall; loose wall coving/baseboard found in back room and was missing in some areas; water-stained ceiling tile found; the dumpster was open.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Jan 24.

Star Fusion
2013 N. 63rd St.
11 violations, 2 serious
Mouse droppings were found on food trays, the prep table, food service plates, under the dishes rack, under the oven, under the hand wash sink and on the office floor at the back room area; uncovered ready-to-eat fried chicken was found on the prep table; food including rice, chicken, and cheese, were in the cold hold refrigerator and not held at required temperature; a domestic microwave oven and refrigerator were found in the facility; ware wash sinks were found with food residue in compartments and were not being cleaned and sanitized prior to use.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Jan 23.

Location of Macaroni's Pasta and Seafood, 9315 Old Bustleton Ave.

Macaroni’s Pasta and Seafood
9315 Old Bustleton Ave.
12 violations, 5 serious
Ground sausage prepared from food ingredients was held at improper temperature; food including cheese, lamb, pork and shellfish were held at improper temperatures; hot water was not at required temperature; employee bathroom needed cleaning, the customer bathroom vents needed cleaning; there was an accumulation of dust and debris under equipment in outside bar area; an employee was not wearing a beard restraint.
This inspection has revealed that the establishment is not in satisfactory compliance. Corrective action is required to eliminate these violations. Compliance status will be assessed upon reinspection. Letter of discontinued food preparation of sous vide must be provided to Office of Food Protection. Inspected Jan 23.

Hong Kong Restaurant
4108 Lancaster Ave.
15 violations, 5 serious
Several raw animal foods were stored above ready-to-eat foods in units; mouse droppings were found on the food prep table, the rice cooker, utensils, and along shelves where food containers are stored; chicken was not held at the proper temperature; chicken was not being thawed using an approved method; a cellphone was found on a food contact surface; the wiping cloths were dirty; the hood filters had an accumulation of static dust and grease; a general cleaning was needed along the wok station in between and behind all equipment due to heavy grease/crud accumulation.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Jan. 23.

Gold Coast Lounge
4043 Lancaster Ave.
1 violation, 1 serious
A food safety person was not present. No inspection was conducted.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the department to resume operations. Date was Jan 23.

Ramen Bar
3400 Lancaster Ave.
1 violation, 1 serious
A food safety person was not present. No inspection was conducted.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the department to resume operations. Date was Jan 22.

Phan Deli
1542 S 6th St.
13 violations, 4 serious
A food safety certified person was not present; an employee was unaware of how to properly clean and sanitize dish ware and utensils; dust was found on the exterior sides of refrigeration equipment; opened and commercially processed ham and turkey loaves were held for more than 48 hours, not marked and located in the food preparation refrigerator; there were no signs or posters posted at the hand wash sink in the toilet room to remind food employees to wash their hands. Soap and paper towels were not present inside toilet room.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the department to resume operations. Inspected Jan 22.

Location of Train Station Food, 5570 Market St.

Train Station Food
5570 Market St.
15 violations, 4 serious
A live roach was seen crawling on the wall between service area and food prep area; there were fresh mouse droppings on lower level of steam table and on shelves in service area; a baking sheet was found in the hand wash sink in the food prep area; food including chicken, and meat patties were held at improper temperatures; unwrapped cheese was stored in a cardboard box, sugar at coffee station was uncovered, pizza dough was stored in black garbage bag, lettuce and a cut tomato were left uncovered in the walk-in cooler; dust and mouse droppings observed on storage shelf beneath steam table and shelves in service area; there was dust and debris in the inoperable cold-holding unit where candy was stored, there was debris and broken glass in the walk-in beverage cooler.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Jan. 22.

Johnson Group Child Care
448 N. 66th St.
The Food Safety Certificate expired on May, 1, 2017. The person in charge was instructed to renew her Food Safety Certificate or get somebody with valid Food Safety Certificate and then call for reopen inspection.
This inspection has revealed that the establishment is not in satisfactory compliance. Corrective action is required to eliminate these violations. Compliance status will be assessed upon reinspection. Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the department to resume operations. Inspected Jan 22.

McDonald’s #1637
5219 Frankford Ave.
11 violations, 4 serious
There was a heavy accumulation of rodent feces found throughout rear storage areas including around floor perimeter in the ware washing area and on lower shelves in the food preparation area; raw bacon was stored over top of eggs in a cold-hold unit; the hand wash sink in the front food preparation area was clogged and not usable; packets of blue rodenticide were found in the rear storage areas; rodent bait shall be contained in a covered, tamper-resistant bait station; exhaust hood filters and exterior surfaces of equipment were in need of cleaning due to accumulated grease/debris; inadequate/defective ventilation was observed in the women’s restroom.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Jan. 19.

Country Farm Convenience
6301 Torresdale Ave.
11 violations, 2 serious
There was a heavy accumulation of rodent feces found on all tiers of shelving and around floor perimeter in the retail area, as well as on floor, under shelves, and in the walk-in cooler; packets of orange rodenticide were observed on the basement steps. Rodent bait shall be contained in a covered, tamper-resistant bait station; the restroom hand wash sink was being supported by wooden planks; there was evidence of smoking in the rear storage area that includes ashes inside a styrofoam cup, lighter, matches, cigarette, and an odor; there was clutter in the basement that would prevent adequate floor cleaning and can provide harborage areas; the ice cream freezers were in need of cleaning due to heavy ice buildup.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Jan. 19.

Location of Mecho Mini Market899 Brill St.

Mecho Mini Market
899 Brill St.
13 violations, 3 serious
There was no hot water; food in the deli case including turkey, pork and eggs, were not held at required temperatures; the deli meat did not have date markings; the water heater was not the adequate size; there was an unapproved microwave; bathroom ceiling and walls were not in good repair; there were holes along the basement floor perimeter.
Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Jan. 18.

Redzaj, Marie/Mountains Pizza&Grill/V05157
1000 W. Montgomery Ave.
7 violations, 1 serious
Water was not available at handwash sink; the supply line had been disconnected; one refrigerator was inoperable; food debris and grease accumulation observed under griddle and deep fryer; the mobile unit had no cold or hot water.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the department to resume operations. Inspected Jan. 18.

Theodore,Louis/ LouLu’s Hot Dogs/ ID # 001090
6748 Essington Ave.
10 violations, 5 serious
There was no hot water on the truck; the employee did not follow proper handwashing procedures; the person in charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of the Pennsylvania food code; working spray containers were not marked with the common name of the chemical; there was grime and food debris in the cooler; there was grime in the water tanks; the waste water tank was draining on to street. There was no shutoff valve.
Due to conditions observed during the inspection, the establishment agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the department to resume operations. Inspected Jan. 16.

Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer

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