Midstate restaurant accused of falsifying government document for food safety

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – In a recent inspection, Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture wrote that Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet “falsified a government document.”

The report goes on to say that the restaurant on Jonestown Road in Lower Paxton Township created and posted a fake Food Employee Certification – a document designed to show that the restaurant has a supervisory employee who has been educated and passed a test about food safety and sanitation.

The inspection says the Department of Agriculture stopped issuing those types of certificates at the end of 2010, which meant food managers had to be re-certified through one of the several programs offered throughout Pennsylvania.

However, the certificate displayed at Hibachi Grill said it was issued by the Department of Agriculture in 2015, long after the agency had stopped.

A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture says she cannot comment on this violation since it is a legal matter.

Sources at the Attorney General’s Office tell ABC27 there could potentially be a strong criminal case. However, the Department of Agriculture would need to refer the case to the Attorney General’s Office in order for an investigation to launch.

ABC27 spoke with a manager at Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet. He would not comment on the accusation of government document falsification, but he did say the restaurant is trying to correct all the violation in the most recent inspection.

ABC27 is going through those violations now, and will be able to list them in more detail as part of Friday’s Restaurant Report.

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