By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

Blood on the floor, Route 220 Eatery in Linden tagged with 8 violations in state inspection

Blood on the floor, Route 220 Eatery in Linden tagged with 8 violations in state inspection

Linden, PA

Route 220 Eatery in Linden

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 24, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Route 220 Eatery in Linden was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 8 violations were found.

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

  • Can opener in food preparation area is creating metal slivers and not cutting can surface effectively.
  • Observed white mold like substance on the racks in the walk-in cooler.
  • Eggs are served raw or under cooked to the customer’s request; however, a written consumer advisory (on the menu, table tent, or placard) is not provided to the consumer in the breakfast menu.
  • Observed food residue under the cutting board on the sandwich preparation unit.
  • Dishes and utensils observed in the hand wash sink in the convenience store, indicating uses other than hand washing.
  • Observed blood on the floor under the raw racks in the walk-in cooler.
  • Observed broken and cracked floor tile around drain in the food preparation area.
  • The food facility does not maintain Food Employee Certification records as required.
  • Provolone cheese, a refrigerated, ready to eat time temperature control for safety, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7-day use or sell by date and requires discarding.



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There are over 26,000 eating and drinking establishments in Pennsylvania, and thousands more convenience stores,  grocery stores and schools required to be inspected by the Department of Agriculture and, in some cases, local government entities at least once a year. Out of more than 2,000 inspections each month only about 150 are found to be, “Out of Compliance.”

Violations leading to the Out of Compliance designation are more critical violations. Establishments can score a number of lower level violations without achieving the Out of Compliance designation.