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 Oct. 25-31.

OUT OF COMPLIANCE

York Buffet, 2965 Concord Road, York.

Action: Violations included clean silverware stored food side up; fish held below required temperatures; a food handler had a tooth pick in his mouth and was touching it without washing his hands; no chemical sanitizer was used on equipment and utensils after washing and rinsing them, or prior to use; chlorine chemical sanitizer was below required levels; fly strips in the kitchen area had the potential to contaminate food, equipment and/or utensils; wet wiping cloths in the kitchen area were not being stored in sanitizer solution; raw animal foods were stored above ready-to-eat foods; dish racks, a mixer, a bamboo mat for sushi, a cutting board, an ice machine deflector plate, knives, knife holder and door handles contained food residue and were not clean to sight and touch; various foods were not cooled to proper temperatures; most floor drains were not clean; dust and grease were observed in the hood system; women's restroom did not include a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins; bleach sanitizer was too strong in the server area; scoop for cooked rice did not have a handle; soap was not available at two handwash sinks in the kitchen area; cold bar foods were stored in shallow pans that were not deep enough to be in ice water and keep foods at proper cool temperatures; meats were left at room temperature too long; steak sauce, lemon juice and salsa were not refrigerated after opening, as stated on their labels; handwash sink in server area was blocked by a wiping cloth bucket and not accessible at all times for employee use.

Comment: A manager did not return calls seeking comment.

IN COMPLIANCE

American Legion Post 605, 57 W. Main St., Dallastown.

Applebee's, 101 Northern Way, York.

4-H Club, 771 Stoverstown Road, York.