State food inspectors check local schools
By Rodney L. Sherman
CLARION NEWS Editor
Food inspectors from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture have over the past few weeks inspected the cafeterias at several local schools.
All of the cafeterias were found in compliance with only minor violations.
Please remember any inspection is a "snapshot" of the day and time of the inspection.
An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment.
Also, at the time of the inspection, violations are recorded but are often corrected on site prior to the inspector leaving the establishment.
Inspectors checked the elementary and high schools cafeterias on April 24.
At the elementary schools, the inspectors found one violation the stand containing fresh apples had no sneeze guard in place.
No violations were found at the high school cafeteria.
Inspectors checked the elementary and high school cafeterias April 12 and found no violations at the high school.
Inspectors found three violations at the elementary school:
The facility had a knife storage block. The knife slits were not accessible for cleaning; therefore, the storage block cannot be used.
The kitchen can opener blade had accumulation of old food residue. The blade came in direct contact with food items; therefore, personnel must follow the wash, rinse, and sanitize procedures.
One scoop was being stored in a cherry power mix with the handle in direct contact with the food item.
Hawthorn Elementary School
Inspectors checked the Hawthorn Elementary School on April 17 and found two violations:
Nine half-pint containers of fat free milk had a sell by date of April 15. The milk removed from service.
Wet wiping cloths in kitchen area were not being stored in sanitizer solution.
Inspectors checked the elementary and high school cafeterias on April 25.
Inspectors found no violations at the high school.
Inspectors found four violations at the elementary school:
The wash solution temperature in the mechanical ware wash unit was 130 degrees F and not 160 degrees F, as required by the machine's data plate.
The flow pressure device of the mechanical ware wash machine reading was 27-psi and not between 15- and 25-psi, as required by the machine's data plate.
The facility had no documentation that the sliced tomatoes from the previous day's service were properly cooled. The product disposed of by the person in charge.
The tableware for customer self-service was not displayed so that only handles are touched by consumers (students) and employees. The problem was corrected.
New Bethlehem Elementary School
Inspectors checked the cafeteria April 29 and found three violations:
The final rinse pressure gauge of the mechanical ware wash was not measuring between 15- and 25-psi, as required by the machine's data plate.
Cardboard master food packaging was stored directly on the floor within the walk-in freezer area, rather than six inches off the floor as required. The freezer has very limited space available.
The back of the evaporator unit had an accumulation of dust. This violation is a repeat and has been documented since 2015.
Immediate action was required and the unit was placed on a regular cleaning schedule.
Inspectors checked the cafeteria April 11 and found no violations.
Inspectors checked the elementary on May 5 and found three violations:
A scoop was stored in the cut lettuce with no handle. The scoop was removed.
Lettuce sitting out at the self-service line/cash register at a temperature of 62 degrees F; not using any method to maintain a product temperature of 41 degrees F or lower as required. The lettuce was removed and disposed of by person in charge.
Customer self-service single-use tableware was not displayed in a manner so that only the handles are touched by customers. The problem was corrected.
No recent reports were posted for Clarion Area, North Clarion or the Clarion County Career Center.