Restaurant Report: Winged insects, roaches

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

Aangan Classic Indian and Nepalese Cuisine on Walnut Street in Harrisburg was out of compliance with 25 violations. The inspection report says the person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety and failed to notify a health officer of an “imminent health hazard.” No food was being date marked, no employee was certified in an approved way for food safety, and food employees were not washing their hands or wearing hair restraints. Also, raw animal foods were stored over ready-to-eat foods in several refrigerators, a tub of raw chicken had to be thrown out because it was thawed incorrectly, there were rodent droppings, dead roaches, and live roaches throughout the facility – including one crawling directly on the cutting board.

Peachtree Restaurant and Lounge on Progress Avenue in Harrisburg was out of compliance with 20 violations. The inspection report says date-marked food was held beyond the allowed seven days, a spray bottle with a chemical was stored on the meat saw, several food contact surfaces had a build-up of residue and were not clean to sight and touch, and an employee was observed touching ready-to-eat food with bare hands.

Chen’s House on Honeysuckle Drive in Marietta was out of compliance with 15 violations. The inspection report says the person in charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of the Pennsylvania Food Code or food safety. Chicken and shrimp were being thawed incorrectly, the facility was not properly sanitizing utensils and equipment, and there were several small, winged insects in the food preparation area.

Establishments with no violations include Vito’s Italian Eatery and Pizzeria in Carlisle, Midway Tavern in Hanover, and Twin Kiss Creamery in Shermans Dale.

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

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