The state Department of Agriculture conducts annual inspections of food-serving businesses to ensure public safety and safe food-handling practices. Schools are inspected 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 automatically consider establishments non-compliant. Called "critical violations," they include food temperature issues, issues with chemicals and how they're handled, and employee 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 out-of-compliance for inspections conducted April 14 - April 18.

OUT OF COMPLIANCE

American Legion Post 791, 1490 Poplar Road, York

Action: Violations included employee not washing hands between smoking and touching food equipment; an ash tray with a cigarette butt above tubes of cups outside the manager's office; food thermometer not properly scaled; two containers of sauce not refrigerated after opening; rusted refrigerator shelving; deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required; can opener containing food residue; interior of microwave not clean to sight and touch; chlorine chemical sanitizer residue in the final rinse cycle of the dishwasher; accumulation of dust and grease on the hood filters; food stored on the floor in the walk-in freezer; wet wiping cloths not being stored in sanitizer solution; raw chicken stored above fish and lemons in the walk-in refrigerator; raw hamburger patties stored above ready-to-eat foods in the walk-in refrigerator.

Comment: A manager could not be reached.

PR's, 2350 N. George St., York

Action: Violations included hot water turned off at the kitchen hand sink; employees cannot properly wash their hands in the kitchen; an accumulation of grease and static dust in the hood system; an accumulation of static dust on fan covers; lights not shielded or shatterproof; no soap, paper towels or a sign reminding employees to wash their hands at the bar hand sink; bar door is propped open where insects and rodents could enter; beer taps not clean to sight and touch; chlorine chemical sanitizer residue detected in the final rinse cycle of the dishwasher; wood shelving that is not easily cleanable.

Comment: A manager did not return a call seeking comment.

IN COMPLIANCE

Children's Home of York, 1298 N. George St., York.

Conewago Elementary School, 570 Copenhaffer Road, York.

CVS Pharmacy, 4035 N. George St., Manchester.

Loucks Elementary School, 1381 W. Poplar St., York.

Victors of York, 554 S. Ogontz St., York.

West York Middle School, 1700 Bannister St., York.