Restaurant Report: Dirty utensils, dusty fan blades & food residue

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Inspectors with the state Department of Agriculture found multiple violations at three Midstate restaurants this week, including one that was found out of compliance last week.

China Tea House in Mechanicsburg was out of compliance with 19 violations. The report says the person in charge does not demonstrate knowledge of food safety. Numbing medication and burn gel were stored above food, risking contamination. Food was not being date marked, and utensils stored as clean were actually dirty with dried food residue. There was black residue inside the ice machine; webbing in the hood above the fryer; a large accumulation of grease, food debris, and rust; and no soap available at the handwash sink.

Sbarro’s Italian Eatery in York had its third out-of-compliance inspection since 2015; this time with 12 violations. The report says the person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety. Food employees were not wearing proper hair restraints; dirty, dusty fan blades were subjecting exposed food to potential contamination; and food was not being date marked.

Waynesboro Country Club, found to have 12 violations last week, was out of compliance in a follow-up inspection, this time with six violations. The report says management does not have adequate control of food safety. There was still slime and food residue inside the bar soda gun reservoir, loose caulking over the food prep area had not been fixed, and the country club was still missing a written consumer advisory about raw and undercooked food.

Establishments with no violations include Arooga’s in Hershey, Souvlaki Boys Grill in Lancaster, Scarlet O’Hara’s Southern BBQ in Mechanicsburg, and Capitol Theatre Center in Chambersburg.

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

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