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Baltimore Crab House in Pleasant Hills improves after consumer health alert

| Friday, July 14, 2017, 4:27 p.m.
The Baltimore House on Curry Hollow Road in Pleasant Hills.
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The Baltimore House on Curry Hollow Road in Pleasant Hills.

Baltimore Crab House in Pleasant Hills has eliminated more than half of the health inspection violations that earned it a consumer alert from the Allegheny County Health Department late last week.

An inspection report dated July 6 noted 15 violations, including three “high risk” infractions: cooked pork that was vacuumed packed and stored improperly in a walk-in cooler; pre-cooked pot roast, steak, burgers and pork stored at 46 degrees instead of the required 41 degrees or lower; a dish washing machine that “was not sanitizing” and a utensil storage area that was dusty and dirty, according to the report.

No one answered the phone at the restaurant's main number and a message sent through its Facebook page was not returned. The restaurant on Curry Hollow Road advertises all-you-can-eat snow crab legs for $30.95 and baby back ribs for $19.95 on certain nights of the week and sells fresh oysters, mussels and clams by the pound.

A reinspection report dated Monday notes seven violations, including fruit flies in several locations. None of the violations are deemed “high risk,” but the report notes that food cooling and date marking of food procedures were not observed during the latest inspection.

Both of those issues — cooling and date marking — were noted in the July 6 report as “high risk” violations. There's no information in the report about what was done to remedy the problems.

“In the example of ‘cooling,' the facility does cool hot foods, but there were no foods being cooled at the time of the inspection for a final determination and assessment of the process,” said Melissa Wade, a health department spokeswoman. “When this occurs, procedures and practices are reviewed through questioning to ensure safe and proper protocols are being followed.”

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