The state's Department of Agriculture conducts yearly inspections of food-serving establishments to ensure public safety and safe food-handling practices. Schools are inspect´ed twice per year, according to the Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratories.

Whether an establishment is considered compliant or non-compliant is the discretion of the inspector. There are, however, several violations for which inspectors should auto´matically consider establishments non-compliant. Called "critical violations," they include food temperature issues, issues with chemicals and how they're handled, and employ´ee hygiene.

Depending on the severity of the situation, inspectors and their supervisors could file citations or close an establishment.

Below is a list of establishments listed as compliant and out-of-compliance for inspections conducted Dec. 26-Jan. 4.

OUT OF COMPLIANCE

Burning Bridge Tavern, 108 Hellam St., Wrightsville.

Action: Violations included a bucket full of sanitizing solution being stored on the food preparation table; sanitizing solution was measured at toxic levels; an employee's open and uncovered beverage was observed in the food preparation area; a partially-smoked pack of cigarettes was on top of a food storage table inside the kitchen; food employees involved in food preparation were not wearing proper hair and beard restraints; single-use cups were being used as a scoop and stored inside salad dressing; improper reheating of potentially-hazardous foods was observed; thermometers were not available; food employees were not using available sanitizer test strips; french fry cutter contained dried potato debris; signs were not posted in the men's and ladies' restrooms to remind food employees to wash their hands.

Comment: Manager Steve Conti said all violations have been corrected. "We're just waiting for our reinspection," he said.

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McDonald's, Robin Hood Drive, Newberry Township.

Action: Violations included prepackaged salads were held 20 degrees above the required temperature; thermometer was not available in refrigeration equipment; refrigeration gasket in the grill area contained an accumulation of old food debris; wiping cloth sanitizer was not measured at proper levels; clean food equipment was stored while wet, not allowing time for proper draining or air drying; wall behind mop sink was damaged and in need of repair.

Comment: A store manager did not return calls seeking comment.

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Musso's Italian Restaurant, 406 E. Broadway, Red Lion.

Action: Violations included a food employee having a cloth towel threaded through belt loops; wet wiping cloths were stored on a cutting board instead of in sanitizer solution; hot foods were being held below proper temperatures; refrigeration unit was warmer than allowed, and $50 worth of food had to be disposed; food debris and spillage were found on the floor of the walk-in refrigerator; heavy accumulation of dried and burnt food debris inside microwave; plastic strip curtains inside the walk-in refrigerator were heavily stained; unfinished walls and ceilings in the kitchen were not easily to clean; signs were not posted in one of two restrooms, reminding food employees to wash their hands.

Comment: Manager Tony Musso said all violations have been corrected.

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Red Lobster, 2555 E. Market St., York.

Action: Violations included a ware washing machine clogged with debris; an employee did not wash hands between touching dirty dishes and clean dishes; dirty knives stored as clean in the knife holder; bar soda gun was not clean to sight and touch; can opener contained food residue and was not clean to sight and touch; clean pans and shelf they were stored on contained old food debris; old stickers and glue were on clean pans; single service items were stored food-side up; handwash sink for servers did not have proper hot water temperature; bar soda gun drain line was not attached; no signs were posted in restrooms, reminding employees to wash their hands; most floor drains were dirty; an accumulation of static dust was built up on two fan covers in the walk-in refrigerator.

Comment: Manager Mark Trucksess said all violations have been corrected.

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Saubel's Market, 65 E. Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury.

Action: Violations included hot potatoes being improperly cooled in large stock pots inside the walk-in cooler; deeply-scored cutting boards that were not resurfaced or discarded as required; sanitizing solution was not measured at proper concentrations; entire meat room area was not clean and sanitary; raw beef and debris were found on the floor of the walk-in cooler for meat; product spillage was found on the package machine in the meat room; the hand sink in the meat room was not clean and sanitary.

Comment: A manager could not be reached.

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VFW Post 7045, 341 Yorkanna Road, York.

Action: Violations included food employees involved in food preparation were not wearing proper hair restraints; raw ground beef was stored directly above cooked pork and lettuce inside the walk-in refrigerator; potentially-hazardous frozen foods (meatballs, fish nuggets, crab cakes, shrimp, sausage, oysters, scallops, cheese sticks and fish) were stored in a reach-in freezer at higher temperature than allowed, and $280 worth of food was disposed; sanitizer test strips were not available; residual chemical sanitizer was detected in final rinse cycle of glass washer; food employee towel dried utensils and food equipment after removing them from the ware washing machine; a plastic trash bag was taped to a ceiling beam in the kitchen to collect leaking rain water directly above a food preparation table.

Comment: A manager could not be reached.

IN COMPLIANCE

Apple Cart (The), 25 Monument Road, York.

Burger King, Carlisle Street, Hanover.

Ginza Japanese Restaurant, 616 Shrewsbury Commons, Shrewsbury.

Sacred Heart Parish Center, Sprenkle Road, Spring Grove.

Subway, Rosstown Road, Wellsville.

USA & I Pizza, 176 Newberry Commons, Newberry Township.