Restaurant Report: Mold, old food residue, metal hazard

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Inspectors with the state Department of Agriculture found multiple violations at three Midstate businesses this week.

Philly Pretzel Factory in Lititz was out of compliance with 17 violations. The report said the certified food manager did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of the Pennsylvania food safety code. The inspector found products not properly labeled with ingredient information, no soap or paper towels at the handwashing sink, and dark residue on the rubber gaskets around the walk-in cooler. The blade on a can opener was so worn the inspector says if it’s not fixed, there’s a possibility of metal fragments falling into food. There was also mold-like residue on the front handwashing faucet and encrusted material on the inside of a vent duct.

China One in Dillsburg was out of compliance with nine violations. The report says the person in charge does not demonstrate knowledge of food safety. Food was not being date-marked, there was old food residue in the handwashing sink, and the inspector determined the facility “does not protect against the entry of insects or rodents.”

Pak’s Korean Kitchen in Middletown was out of compliance with eight violations, the second out-of-compliance inspection in a year. The inspector observed a heavy accumulation of static dust, food employees not washing their hands, and food stored at the wrong temperature.

Establishments with no violations include La Cocina restaurant in Lancaster, Stony Brook Elementary in the Central York School District, Nathan’s Café in Enola, and Twin Kiss Drive-In in Highspire.

The Agriculture Department has a full list of Pennsylvania restaurant inspections on its website.

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