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Downtown State College’s Canyon Pizza Closes Due To 13 Health Violations

Update, November 16: According to an inspection report on the Pennsylvania Bureau of Food Safety website, Canyon Pizza had 13 health violations during its November 15 inspection.

The violations, word for word from the inspector’s comments, can be read below:

  • “Hood system is not adequate to remove heat and/or grease, as evidenced by condensate and/or grease collecting on the walls, ceilings, and fixtures. Hood is in need of a professional cleaning as required by the Centre Region Property Maintenance Code.”
  • “Food Preparation and trays kept on table under wall with peeling paint and drywall damage.”
  • “Commercially processed ready to eat food, deli ham located in the 3 door reach in cooler, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened or date to discard.”
  • “Manual 3 comp sink warewashing equipment observed with build up of filth and food residue and not cleaned before use, and frequently throughout the day.”
  • “Floor in the walk in cooler a Non-food contact surface was not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil. Evidenced by an accumulation of oil and flour residue.”
  • “exhaust fan window, in the area, is open, unscreened, and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.”
  • “Handsink, toilet, walls, and floors are soiled in the employee bathroom.”
  • “Exposed food preparation observed in kitchen area under dirty ceiling, pipes, and, ducts with visible dust hanging from the ceiling, and subject to potential contamination.”
  • “3 bay sink basin / equipment has sharp internal angles / corners, rather than rounded. Welding repair was not sufficient and has created sharp angles and non smooth areas. Sink weld at base is also insufficient and leaking water.”
  • “Lids on Pizza table are wrapped in duct tape that is not a smooth cleanable surface. Replace lids on Pizza table.”
  • “Pizza dough trays stacked with oil residue still on in clean stacked area a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Pizza prep cooler has standing water, mold and food debris in the interior base. Dough Mixer covered in dried on oil and flour.”
  • “Walk in Cooler walls are peeling, FRP board missing on back of door, floor is unsealed wood and is not a suitable durable, smooth, and cleanable surface.”
  • “Floors, walls, and ceiling in the kitchen, food prep, and warewashing area of the food facility is extremely dirty, dusty, and in need of cleaning. Wall under the handsink, has a hole, or is broken and in need of repair. Wall adjacent to the pizza prep table is made of rough brick and is not a smooth cleanable surface. Repair with a sealed smooth cleanable surface. Ceiling tiles missing in the front and rear of the establishment, and need replaced with smooth cleanable ceiling tile that are designed for food establishments.”

It’s still unclear if this is a permanent closure or if the pizza joint will reopen at some point in the future.

In two prior inspections, Canyon had four violations in 2021 and two in 2020.

Original Story: Downtown State College’s Canyon Pizza, located at 219 E Beaver Ave., closed on Tuesday due to apparent health violations, according to a sign posted in the restaurant’s window.

The note says that the pizza joint has been closed “by the order of the State College Borough Neighborhood and Community Services/Division of Health.” It’s unclear how long Canyon will be closed.

The note is dated today, November 15, and signed by borough health technician Brian O’Donnell.

At the time of publication, the State College Borough Health Department couldn’t be reached for comment or for more information.

We’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.

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