Restaurant Report: Repeat offender, more chemicals near food

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – In the latest round of state Department of Agriculture restaurant inspections, more issues were found at a Lancaster restaurant with a long list of previous violations.

California Tortilla was out of compliance for the third time in four weeks. This time around, it was a type-2 follow-up inspection. The food facility was still operating without the proper food employee certification records. It was also storing a fly strip in a place that had the potential to contaminate equipment and utensils.

In January, inspectors found a can of insecticide stored near food. They determined employees were not following proper hand washing procedures, meat was stored at too warm a temperature, and insects were in the food preparation area.

Arooga’s Grille House and Sports Bar in York was out of compliance with 13 violations. Inspectors say the person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety, mechanical washing equipment in the kitchen was observed with a “buildup of filth,” there was no soap at the hand washing sink, but in other parts of the kitchen was an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, and debris.

Sanders Square in Fairfield was out of compliance with seven violations. Inspectors say the person in charge is not applying food safety in the business. They found food that wasn’t date marked, had to throw out meat that left out at room temperature overnight, the food slicer was not clean to sight and touch, and there were approximately 25 or more mouse droppings.

When inspectors made another visit to Sander’s Square for a type-2 follow-up inspection, the violations had been fixed.

Restaurants with no violations include Bricker’s Famous French Fries in Chambersburg, Shamrock Cafe in Lancaster, the Taproom Spring House Brewing Company in Lancaster, and the Starbucks on Arsenal Road in York.

For a full list of Pennsylvania restaurant inspections, go to www.pafoodsafety.state.pa.us/web/inspection/publicinspectionsearch.aspx.

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