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Borenstein Caterers, Inc. 05-Jun-02

Department of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Health and Human Services            Public Health Service

New York District
Food & Drug Administration
158-15 Liberty Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11433


June 5, 2002

George Geanacopoulos, President
Borenstein Caterers, Inc.
179-29 150th Road
Jamaica, NY 11434

Dear Mr. Geanacopoulos:

Ref: NYK-2002-34

During a May 1 and 2,2002 inspection of your airline catering facility located at the above address, our investigators observed violations of the U.S. Public Health Service Act and its implementing regulations for the Control of Communicable Diseases and Interstate Conveyance Sanitation (Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1240 and 1250).

At the conclusion of the inspection, the investigators presented the Inspectional Observations (Form FDA 483) and Food Service Establishment Inspection Report (Form FDA 2420) (copies enclosed) and discussed the findings with you. The observed deficiencies include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Employees in the salad preparation area failed to wash their hands before returning to work after the lunch break.
  2. Employees in the silverware packaging area handled surfaces of the silverware that make contact with the user?s mouth.
  3. The wash water temperature gauge on the multi-tank automatic dishwashing machine and the rinse water temperature gauge on the single tank automatic dishwashing machine were inoperable. Also, both dishwashing machines lacked a ? IPS valve (gauge cock) to permit checking of the flow pressure of the final rinse water.
  4. There was no test kit available to determine the concentration of the chemical sanitizing solution.
  5. There was no handwashing sink to permit convenient use by all employees in the ice packaging area.
  6. Bottles containing chemical sanitizing solution were stored on the preparation tables in the dairy and cold food preparation areas.

This letter is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of deficiencies that may exist at your facility. As a result of these inspectional findings, a "Provisional" classification has been assigned for a 30 day period at which time a reinspection will be conducted. If significant improvements have not been made at that time, a "Not Approved" classification will be justified.

You should take prompt action to correct the deficiencies. It is your responsibility to ensure that all requirements of the U.S. Public Health Service Act and its implementing regulations are being met. You should notify this office in writing, within 15 working days of receipt of this letter, of the specific steps you have taken to correct each of the deficiencies.

Your response should be sent to the Food and Drug Administration, 158-15 Liberty Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11433, Attn: Bruce A. Goldwitz, Compliance Officer. If you have any questions, you can call Mr. Goldwitz at 718-340-7000 ext. 5582.



Jerome G. Woyshner
District Director