Restaurant Report: Moldy ice, insects, black slime

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

El Rodeo on Manheim Pike in Lancaster was out of compliance with 21 violations. The inspection report says the person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety. There was black slime on the soda nozzles and spouts of the frozen margarita machines, knives that were stored as clean were actually dirty, and there were small, winged insects in a bottle of brandy.

Empire Asian Bistro on Union Deposit Road in Harrisburg was out of compliance with 15 violations. The inspection report says several raw animal foods were stored above ready-to-eat foods, risking contamination. Kitchen tools – like the can opener – not clean to sight and touch, a cutting board was stored directly on the floor, and the ice machine had a “gross accumulation of black mold” inside. The inspector said that ice isn’t safe to use.

Thai Classic restaurant on Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg was out of compliance with nine violations. The inspection report says the required food safety certificate is expired and no longer valid. Food employees were not wearing proper hair restraints, a case of raw chicken was sitting directly on the floor, and surfaces were not clean to sight and touch.

Establishments with no violations include the Wicked Kitchen in Mechanicsburg, Daniel’s Cafe in Millersburg, MOD Pizza in York, and Lancaster General Health Women’s and Babies Hospital.

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

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