Berks County is divided into three jurisdictions: Reading, Muhlenberg Township and the rest of the county. Reading and Muhlenberg Township have their own food safety inspectors and the rest of the county is inspected by Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture inspectors.
The results will be posted every other week. All food vendors are inspected at least once a year. Other inspections can be triggered by a change of owner, a follow up if a facility had been out of compliance or by a complaint filed with the PDA.
View any vendor’slast inspection reportonline. Click on the PDF version of the inspection report for all details.
If a food provider is labeled 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 problem(s) and remains open for business.
Complaints can be filed onlinewith the PDA.
Below are the results of inspections conducted between March 15 and March 28, 2023, that were filed in the state database as of March 30 at 4 p.m.
Kutztown Fire Company #1 Social Quarters, 310 Noble St., Kutztown, March 28: five violations. Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher was 0 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required. A call for service was placed during this inspection. Observed food debris and other items on the floor under the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Corrected. Water is leaking from the drain line under the middle compartment of the 3-compartment sink at the bar. Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the kitchen area. Corrected. Working container (spray bottle) of pink liquid in kitchen area, used for storing chemicals, cleaners taken from bulk supplies, was not marked with the common name of the chemical. Corrected.
Out of compliance.
Rise & Grind Nutrition Shillington, 606 Kenhorst Place, Reading, March 28: three violations. Ice machine at front counter has a pink slime mold build up around ice mold plate area. The handwash sink located in the restroom area does not have water at a temperature of at least 100°F. Drain line on hand sink at prep counter area has a loose drain making sink non-operational.
Out of compliance.
Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 15 N. Home Ave., Topton, March 28: 10 violations. The Person in Charge does not have adequate control of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Open employee beverage containers were observed in the kitchen food preparation area. Corrected. Observed a drink stored in the ice at the soda unit at the front counter. Corrected. Scoops being stored in the ice machine and at the soda unit with handle touching the ice. Corrected. Observed in-use knives and /or cleavers stored between table edges, an area not easily cleaned & sanitized. Corrected. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperature of equipment are not available or readily accessible in the two Pepsi refrigerators in the side dining area. Food Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher was 0 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required. Owner placed phone call for service. Employees will manually sanitize dishes in the 3-compartment sink until dishwasher is operating properly. Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid. Soap was not available at the handwash sink in the kitchen area. Corrected. Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the kitchen area. Corrected.
Out of compliance.
P.J Auctions LLC, 1143 Gravel Pike, Hereford, March 27: no violations.
Brewer’s Bar & Grill, 101 S. Third St., West Reading, March 25: no violations.
Le Petit Macaron Shoppe, 10 S. Summit Ave., Reading, March 24: no violations.
Louies Kitchen And Bar, 12 Village Center Drive, Reading, March 24: two violations. Rear ventilation fan in rear prep room area of the food facility is extremely dirty, dusty, and in need of cleaning. Bottoms of reach in refrigerator has old plastic debris on bottom yet.
Ay Chihuahua Mexican Grill, 10 Summit Ave., Reading, March 23: one violation. Food facility has an employee that has taken food safety training program; however, the food safety program was not an ANSI/CFP accredited Certified Food Manager program.
Friendly Restaurant #7674, 1535 Lancaster Ave., Reading, March 23: three violations. Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher was 0 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required. Corrected. Food facility is reusing single serve ice cream cup as a scoop in candy container. Corrected. Mechanical warewashing equipment had a lime/food residue buildup observed inside and along corners at door frame area.
Hartranft Poultry & Seafood, 10 S. Summit Ave., Shillington, March 23: 10 violations. The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Raw chicken was stored above shrimp/precooked imitation crab in the reach-in refrigerator. Observed deli case equipment, tracks for sliding doors in deli case in stand area, with an accumulation of dirt, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces. Also flooring at counters and deli cases has a dirt build up. Entire stand has an accumulation of equipment and items that are piled and scattered all over. Observed wiping cloths being used for multiple tasks, wiping food spills, working with raw animal foods, etc. Coats stored on deli slicer in stand. Seafood chowder packaged in deli containers was not cooled from 135°F to 70°F in 2 hours and/or from 135°F to 41°F within 6 hours, after preparation. Soup in deli case for sale made in am. was temped at 58 degrees at 2 pm. All soup was discarded. Deli slicer blade a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view. Soap and disposable paper towels were not available at the handwash sink in the kitchen area. Corrected. Several deli salads prepared in the facility, a ready to eat time/temperature control for safety food, in the deli case area, was not compliant with datemarking by being labeled with a discard or use by date of no more than 7 days. Corrected.
Out of compliance.
Redner’s Quick Stop #74, 8381 Allentown Pike, Reading, March 23: no violations.
Shriners International, 221 Orchard Road, Reading, March 23: one violation. Working containers in kitchen area, used for storing *chemicals, cleaners* taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical. Corrected.
Boyertown Area Multi-Service, 200 W. Spring St., Boyertown, March 22: no violations.
Feliciano’s Family Restaurant, 24 Maria St., Bethel, March 22: one violation. Refuse is not being stored in receptacles or waste handling units that are inaccessible to insects and rodents. There is a large hole in dumpster for business.
King’s Bar-B-Que Mff3 (Xnm-5001), Leesport Farmers Market, Leesport, March 22: one violation. The potato slicer, a food contact surface, was observed to have some dried food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Corrected.
Old Glory Coffee & Bagel Co, Leesport Farmers Market, Leesport, March 22: no violations.
Railroad House The, 152 Woodrow Ave., Sinking Spring, March 22: five violations. Bar sink equipment has pit holes and is leaking. Repairs with epoxy were made. Clean stacked pans on racks and in refrigerators have old labels and label residue and were not clean to sight and touch. Observed under grill cooking equipment in the cook line area, with encrusted grease and food residue/soil accumulation. Old spilled grease/food under fryers. Flooring in the fryer/cook line area is made of tiles that are uneven/cracked / roughened / and is not a smooth, easily cleanable surface. The floor / wall juncture in kitchen area is not coved and closed to 1/32 inch. Coving gapped/missing in various areas.
Scottys, 1257 Montgomery Ave., New Berlinville, March 22: two violations. Light shield is missing on the light above the bain marie. Observed grease like build up on the floor under the grill and fryer.
Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill #7552, 2723 N. Meridian Blvd., Wyomissing, March 22: 17 violations. The Person in Charge does not have adequate control of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Food employee observed in kitchen cooking area, not wearing proper hair restraint, such as a net or hat. Some foods in the refrigerated drawers under the grill were held at 51-57 °F, rather than 41°F or below as required. Items that were out of temperature were disposed of immediately. Unit does not appear to be able to keep all products at similar temperatures. The two right-hand drawers had product out-of-temperature, while products in the two left-hand drawers were at the proper temperature. The wash water temperature gauge at the dishwasher is not moving/registering a temperature when the dishwasher runs. The upper, right food storage drawer under the grill is not closing properly. Food items stored in this drawer were not at proper temperature. There is a gap along the top of the bottom bain marie drawer used to store lettuce. The metal piece between the upper and lower drawers is damaged on both sides preventing the drawer gasket from sealing properly. Observed dirt, debris and standing water under some of the equipment behind the bar. There is a significant accumulation of grease and old food debris on the floor under the cooking equipment in the kitchen (grill and fryers). Ceiling vent in the dry storage/carry-out room has an accumulation of dirt/grease. Cleaned and sanitized utensils (forks) located in the server area, are stored with food contact surfaces / food or lip area exposed to hand contact when retrieved by food employees. Corrected. The outside trash dumpster is rusted, leaking, and not in good repair. Some areas of the outdoor storage area for waste are dirty with grease, leaves, and other debris and could create a potential insect or rodent hazard for the food facility. Floor tiles are damaged in the bar area, at the cooking line, and in the walk-in cooler. Observed standing, dirty water in some of the damaged areas. Multiple light bulbs are not shielded or shatter proof in the kitchen area. Paper towel dispensers empty at two of the handwash sinks in the kitchen area. Corrected. Ceiling tiles missing above the ice machine need to be replaced. Wall above the ice machine has a hole and is in need of repair. Observed an employee cell phone stored on a container of food at the cooking line. Corrected. Observed a significant amount of bird droppings on one of the outdoor dining tables/booths. Some of the preventative netting above the outdoor dining area is damaged. Working containers of cleaner / sanitizer were stored above and/or on the same shelf with food in the take-out area and at the cooking line. Corrected.
Out of compliance.
Sunoco 40115h, 722 N. Route 100, Bechtelsville, March 22: one violation. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.
The Salvation Army, 409 S. Reading Ave., Boyertown, March 22: two violations. Observed pre-packaged salad mixes being stored on a shelf above 45*F. Corrected onsite by putting packages back in a refrigerated cooler. Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the two door refrigerator, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened.
Tulpehocken School District Junior/Senior High School, 430 New Schaefferstown Road, Bernville, March 22: no violations.
Vida Cafe Brunch & Tacos, 351 N. Centre Ave., Leesport, March 22: two violations. Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the kitchen area. Corrected. Spray bottles of cleaner / sanitizer were stored above and on the same shelf with food items in the kitchen area. Corrected.
B’s Hamburg Sweet Treats, 234 State St., Hamburg, March 21: two violations. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in rear kitchen refrigerator equipment. A working container of *cleaner / sanitizer* was stored above or on the same shelf with food, equipment, and/or single service articles in the kitchen area. Corrected.
Cigars International Hamburg Superstore Lounge, 1635 Mountain Road, Hamburg, March 21: six violations. Cardboard covering in bar reach in refrigerator must be removed. Food facility does not have available quat sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Observed deeply scored cutting boards in kitchen and bar not resurfaced or discarded as required. Soda gun nozzle holders have a build up of stagnant water. Waste receptacle for disposable paper towels not provided at the handwashing sink in bar/kitchen areas. The handwash sink in both bar areas does not have single use towels, continuous towels, or air drying device. Towels corrected. Also signage missing at the upstairs bar area.
Dunkin Donuts #349865, 3672 Mountain Road, Hamburg, March 21: one violations. Light covers/ceiling tile vent area of the food facility in kitchen near walk in/storage area are dusty, and in need of cleaning.
Five Guys Burgers And Fries #1315, 1736 Tilden Ridge Drive, Hamburg, March 21: no violations.
Hamburg Area Sd Tilden Elem, 524 W. State St., Hamburg, March 21: no violations.
Wendy’s # 19304, 15 Daves Way, Hamburg, March 21: two violations. Observed wet wiping cloths in food line area, not being stored in proper strength sanitizer solution. Corrected by replacement. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.
Plum Creek Farm Market & Creamery, 5035 Bernville Road, Bernville, March 20: four violations. Various prepackaged food items are missing a major allergen ingredient on the labels, specifically Soy. All labels must be fixed to include the allergen. Corrected with signage until all labels are fixed. Plastic utensils used for cooking are deformed/chipped and are not durable under normal use in the food facility. Corrected by discarding. Several clean food containers stacked with old labels and label residue on the containers. Food employee observed storing clean food equipment while wet, and not allowing time for draining and/or air-drying. Large jars placed on closed shelf while wet and not able to air dry.
Daniel Boone School District High School, 501 Chestnut St. PO Box 450, Birdsboro, March 17: no violations.
Boyer’s Food Market #3580, 408 Park Road, Fleetwood, March 16: no violations.
Conrad Weiser Sd West Elementary, 102 S. Third St., Womelsdorf, March 16: no violations.
Grand Central Tap Room, 45 W. Main St., Fleetwood, March 16: one violation. Loose rubber door gasket observed on the True refrigerator in the side room.
Jamar Groceries, 61 Kempsville Road, Kutztown, March 16: two violations. Facility has added ingredient labels to some items, but some prepackaged foods (sandwiches, frozen items) are still not labeled properly with the full ingredient statement. Garage style door located in the side dry storage area of the food facility has a gap at the bottom and does not properly protect against the entry of pests.
Ozgood’s Neighborhood Grill, 319 E. Penn Ave., Robesonia, March 16: no violations.
Slicer’s Deli, 180 Old Swede Road Suite 11, Douglassville, March 16: no violations.
Southern Side Kitchen, 10 S. Summit Ave., Reading, March 16: four violations. Observed boxes of sweet potatoes stored directly on the floor in * area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Corrected. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in Large reach in refrigerator equipment. Thermometer in small case is not working properly. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.
The Shop On Main Street, 29 W. Main St., Fleetwood, March 16: no violations.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers # 2050, 2751 Paper Mill Road, Wyomissing, March 15: four violations. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration at the dishwasher. Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher was 0 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required. Corrected by replacing the empty sanitizer container and priming the machine. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view. Food employee personal belongings, drinks stored on shelves with food products for the business.
Birdsboro Mart, 6600 Perkiomen Ave., Birdsboro, March 15: two violations. Ceiling tile missing in the 3-compartment sink area needs to be replaced. Unused equipment stored in the 3-compartment sink area should be removed from the food facility.
Dairy Queen #11100, 5710 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, March 15: no violations.
Daniel Boone Area Schools Amity Intermediate, 200 Boone Drive, Douglassville, March 15: one violation. Observed hood vents in the cook line area with an accumulation of dust debris.
Daniel Boone Middle School, 1845 Weavertown Road, Douglassville, March 15: no violations.
Dunkin, 1123 Ben Franklin Highway, Douglassville, March 15: three violations. Observed sink sprayer at the three compartment sink with a build up of old food residue. Old food residue, coffee grounds, observed in the rear handwash sink, indicating uses other than handwashing. The floor under the 3 bay sink has observable old food/dirt like build up.
Elevation Burger, 798 Woodland Road, Wyomissing, March 15: no violations.
Jersey Mike’s Subs, 2733 Papermill Road Suite X10, Wyomissing, March 15: three violations. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperature of equipment are not available or readily accessible in two of the refrigeration units. Observed an accumulation of dirt and old food debris on the floor under shelving units in the back area. The handwash sink in the back area was blocked by brushes and other items and was not accessible at all times for employee use. Corrected.
River Rock Academy @ Amity Primary Center, 2144 Weavertown Road, Douglassville, March 15: one violation. There is an observable mineral deposit build up in the hand wash sink.
Seasons Cafe, 15 Village Center Drive, Reading, March 15: four violations. Vacuum packaged tuna observed thawing in packaging in refrigerator which is not an approved thawing method. Corrected. Several foods are served raw or undercooked to the customer’s request; however, a written consumer advisory (on the menu, table tent, or placard) is not provided to the consumer. Black paint above cook line in hood area is chipped and peeling and needs to be repaired. Air dischage vent area of the kitchen of the food facility is dirty, dusty, and in need of cleaning. Also fan cover in the kitchen reach in refrigerator unit is dusty and needs cleaning.
Smart Mart, 6824 Boyertown Pike, Douglassville, March 15: no violations.
Speedway #06781, 1028 Ben Franklin Highway, Douglassville, March 15: no violations.
Subway #36061, 955 Ben Franklin Hwy Suite 5, Douglassville, March 15: two violations. Drain is leaking at the 3 bay sink. There is no signage to remind employees to wash their hands in the Men’s restroom.
Arby’s Restaurant, 3210 N. Fifth St. Highway, March 25: four violations. Multiple 1/2 sheet pans that are deeply gauged with cuts; therefore not a smooth, cleanable surface for cleaning. Observed sheet pan rack, with an accumulation of dust, food residue on pan holders. Rear storage room has missing coving at entrance area. Mop was not hung to air dry.
Go Fish, 2934 N. Fifth St. Highway, March 25: five violations. Several raw animal foods were stored above ready-to-eat foods in the reach-in refrigerator. Food facility operator failed to post an original, valid Food Employee Certification in a location conspicuous to the consumer. No certificate posted. With initial use of hot faucet, minimal pressure present with high pitched noise. Multiple floor tiles are cracked / torn and are not a smooth, easily cleanable surface.
Johnny & Hons, 2546 Kutztown Road, March 25: four violations. Observed ceiling exhaust, and light covers to be dusty. Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 48 hours, located in the refrigerators is not being date marked. Rubber spatula with red handle is cracked/torn with potentially break away pieces-this utensil is not smooth and cleanable. Yellow and blue serving trays are chipped and not as smooth cleanable surface. Floor soiled in corners/edges and underneath equipment/shelves.
Spenny’s, 2931 Centre Ave., March 25: no violations.
Spring Glen Fresh Foods, 2910 N. Fifth St. Highway, March 25: no violations.
Big Lots #1754, 3215 N. Fifth St. Highway, March 18: no violations.
Fisher’s Homestyle Salads, 2934 N. Fifth St. Highway, March 18: one violation. Current certificate not posted in a conspicuous location.
Johnny’s Pizza, 2934 N. Fifth St. Highway, March 18: two violations. Ice scoop soiled on underside potentially exposed to ice upon contact. Ice machine interior panel soiled. Soda dispenser tabs observed to have cleaning cloth fuzz residual.
K & L Dairy, 2934 N. Fifth St. Highway, March 18: one violation.Handwashing sink in use to store in use-ice cream/milkshake utensils. Handwashing sink may only be used for handwashing.
Oola Bowls, 2934 N. Fifth St. Highway, March 18: one violation. Personal items – phones/canned beverages – stored on work space table. Personal items should be stored separately from food prep areas to prevent potential contamination.
Penn Dutch Poultry, 2934 N. Fifth St. Highway, March 18: no violations.
Schell’s Dairy Swirl, 4625 Fifth St., March 18: two violations. Food employees observed not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Corrected on inspection. Personal items – coats, purses – stored on work tables, and should be stored away from foods and ready to use paper products to prevent potential contamination.
11th & Pike Playground 11011220, 1185 Pike St., March 28: one violation. handwash sign needed in the women’s restroom.
3rd & Spruce Rec Center, 320 S. Third St., March 28: no violations.
City of Reading Conservancy Building, 25 N. 11th St., March 28: two violations. Soap dispenser needed at the handwash sink in the kitchen area. Employee handwash sign needed in both bathrooms and at the handwash sink in the kitchen area.
Moe’z Pizza, 48 N. Sixth St., March 24: two violations. Dumpster must be provided for facility. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the food prep area.
The following reports for the period of March 1 to March 14, 2023, were added to the state’s database after March 16 and did not appear in the previous Berks food safety report.
Governor Mifflin School District Middle School, 130 E.. Lancaster Ave., Shillington, March 13: one violation. Women’s toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins.
Governor Mifflin School District Senior High, 10 S. Waverly St., Shillington, March 13: no violations.
Kona Ice Of Central Berks County Mff2 Zvk9636, 1522 Fayett Ave., Reading, March 13: no violations.
El Sazon Del Muneco, 549 Penn St., March 14: no violations.
Melly’s, 401 Walnut St., March 14: no violations.
Caba Grocery Store LLC, 1101 N. Ninth St., March 13: no violations.
La Uva Grocery, 1101 N. 10th St., March 13: no violations.
Pica Pollo Dominicano, 346 N. Sixth St., March 13: no violations.
R & A Deli Grocery, 252 N. Ninth St., March 10: no violations.
Santa Rita 3, 837 Muhlenberg St., March 10: no violations.
El Rincon Mecica, 1235 Lancaster Ave., March 9: no violations.
Smart Mart 372426, 1235 Lancaster Ave., March 9: no violations.
El Limon, 1635 Centre Ave., March 8: no violations.
King Food Supermarket, 1310 Schuylkill Ave., March 7: no violations.