A Mishawaka, IN, gas station and convenience store operator has been fined for repeatedly violating county health code violations. Philly Boy’s, located in the Marathon gas station in Mishawaka, has been ordered to pay $1,100 in fines and put on probation for six months. St. Joseph County health officials fined the business $1,000 for repeatedly keeping food such as pizza puffs in display cases at temperatures insufficient to prevent the growth of pathogens, according to an Aug. 12 report in the South Bend Tribune. Carolyn Smith, food service director for the St. Joseph County Health Department, told Food Safety News that the firm’s repeated violations were mainly temperature-related. “They were brought to hearing after an abatement inspection was done, and in the initial inspection that generated the abatement, they had eight critical and six non-critical violations,” she explained. When county inspectors visited the facility about two weeks later, some of the violations had been corrected, but not all of them, Smith said. The county’s schedule of penalties for food safety violations is set by the Indiana State Department of Health, she noted, and the dollar amount increases based on the severity of the violations. The store is near the AM General heavy vehicle manufacturing plant in South Bend and therefore gets a lot of lunch traffic.
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