Restaurant Report: Flies, slime & poorly-cleaned utensils

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Six restaurants racked up 111 violations during the latest round of food safety inspections by the state Department of Agriculture.

Yellow Bird Cafe in Harrisburg was out of compliance with eight violations. The inspection report says the person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety. The floor area was dirty, dusty, and in need of tile repair. A dirty fan in the window was potentially contaminating the food prep area, and there were no test strips or kits to make sure the sanitizer was strong enough to actually sanitize.

Mount Joy Family Restaurant and Diner was out of compliance with 19 violations, many repeated from last year. The inspection report says the person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety and has failed in his or her managerial duties. Personal pain medications were stored above the food prep area, turkey chili was being stored at 61 degrees, and several flies were observed in the food prep area.

Charcoal’s Bar and Grill in Lancaster racked up 25 violations. The inspection report says the person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety and has failed in his or her managerial duties. There was tan slime on the deflector plate of the ice maker, black static dust on the air vents, and blackened food residue on kitchen tools.

Columbia Diner in Lancaster was out of compliance with 14 violations. The inspection report says the person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety. Food employees were not wearing proper hair restraints, a repeat violation from 2015. Soups were not cooled and stored correctly, and lettuce and tomatoes were contaminated in the walk-in cooler.

Khana Indian Bistro in Hershey was out of compliance with 19 violations. The inspection report says the person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety. Dirty gas-powered lawn maintenance equipment was stored with food, other food items were stored in a small utility closet with sink and electrical equipment, and food utensils and equipment were “poorly-cleaned.” There was exposed, raw insulation and debris over the food prep area, soiled cardboard was used as a food prep surface, there was black residue inside the ice machine, and there were several fruit fly-like insects hovering around food areas along with 13 rodent droppings.

Sweet House in York was out of compliance with 26 violations. The inspection report says the person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety. Kitchen equipment, shelves, walls, and floors were “encrusted with grease, soil, dried food, and static dust accumulation.” Clean utensils were stored on surfaces not clean to sight and touch, fly strips hanging directly over the meat prep table had potential to contaminate the food, food being prepared under dirty ceilings with webbing was subject to potential contamination, there were potential rodent harborage areas inside the food facility, and the dining room was “extremely dirty, dusty, and in need of cleaning.”

Establishments with no violations include Gettysburg Creamery, Keystone Smokehouse & BBQ Company in Camp Hill, Palmyra Real Food Emporium, The Falafel Shack in Chambersburg, Checkers Bistro in Lancaster, Country Club of York, Dunkin’ Donuts in Enola, and Chocolates by Tina Marie in Palmyra.

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

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