Original Pancake House

GROSS: Thawing Meat, Unwashed Hands At Original Pancake House Delray Beach

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Original Pancake House

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Original Pancake House at 1840 South Federal Highway yielded a truly gross inspection report when checked-out by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on April 21st. The findings were so troubling that the inspector ordered a follow-up inspection which was completed the following day.

This is the official list of findings from the April 21st inspection. We note the restaurant was NOT shut down at any time. Per BocaNewsNow.com policy, we do not edit the official language recorded by inspectors.

High Priority – Container of medicine improperly stored. Observed 2 burn spray bottles above flip top cooler. Operator relocated. **Corrected On-Site**

High Priority – Dishmachine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. Discontinue use of dishmachine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dishmachine is repaired and sanitizing properly. Observed 0 ppm Operator corrected to 100 ppm chlorine. **Corrected On-Site**

High Priority – Employee cracked raw shell eggs and then handled ready-to-eat food and/or clean equipment or utensils without washing hands. Employee washed hands and changed gloves. **Corrected On-Site**

High Priority – Nonfood-grade bags used in direct contact with food. Observed cook English muffins in direct contact with non food grade to go bags. Operator transferred to a food grade bag. Observed a bottle with degreaser label to store cooking oil. Operator discarded bottle. **Corrected On-Site**

High Priority – Raw animal food stored over/not properly separated from ready-to-eat food. Observed container of raw burgers stored behind cooked ham and a container of smoked salmon stored above buttermilk batter, inside walk-in cooler. Operator stored properly. **Corrected On-Site**

Intermediate – Food being cooled by nonapproved method as evidenced by inadequate rate of cooling during time of inspection. Observed in walk in cooler 4 deep stock pots, covered with buttermilk batter at 10:30 (75F – Cooling)cooling for approximately 1 hour. Rechecked at 11:00 am same temperature. Operator iced down product. **Corrective Action Taken**

Intermediate – Handwash sink not accessible for employee use at all times. Observed large metal whip in hand washing sink on cooks line. Operator relocated. **Corrected On-Site**

Basic – Time/temperature control for safety food thawed in an improper manner. Observed frozen bags of portioned corned beef thawing at room temperature. Operator relocated to walk-in. **Corrected On-Site**

No violations were found during the re-inspection. This was not the first time The Original Pancake House in Delray Beach required a follow-up inspection. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation ordered follow-ups following inspections on July 20th, 2021 and December 6, 2019.

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