The state's Department of Agriculture conducts yearly inspections of food-serving establishments 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 compliant and out-of-compliance for inspections conducted Nov. 9-Nov. 16.
OUT OF COMPLIANCE
Ferrante's Pizza & Restaurant, 305 N. Baltimore St., Dillsburg.
Action: Violations included a cup being used as a scoop in the flour; santizer test strips were unavailable; wet wiping cloths were not stored in sanitizing solution; fly strips were located in the food preparation area with potential to contaminate food, equipment and/or utensils; bread placed on soiled linens in a drawer which is not a smooth, easily-cleanable surface; pizza boxes stored on the floor in the dry storage area; plumbing system not maintained in good repair; light intensity in the walk-in cooler area did not work; soap was unavailable at both hand sinks in the preparation area; food employee wore single-use gloves without a prior hand wash; working chemical containers were stored above or on the same shelf with food, equipment and/or single service articles in the preparation area; food employees in the preparation area were not wearing proper hair restraints; soda nozzles contained an accumulation of black residue on the food contact surface; time was being used in lieu of temperature to control potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food; raw chicken was stored above pickles.
Comment: A member of the ownership family declined comment.
York Buffet, 2965 Concord Road, York.
Action: Violations included chlorine chemical sanitizer residue detected in the final rinse cycle of the dishwasher; wet wiping cloths weren't stored in sanitizer solution; bleach sanitizer was too strong in the kitchen; cold bar foods were not stored in pans deep enough to be in the ice water that keeps food at proper tempertures; various foods were not properly cooled; can opener and door handles were not clean to sight and touch; raw animal foods were stored above ready-to-eat foods.
Comment: All violations have been corrected, said Andy Ng, restaurant manager. "We are just waiting for our reinspection," he said.
Auntie Anne's, 1155 Carlisle St., Hanover.
Banana Max Bar & Grill, 2860 Whiteford Road, York.
Bible Tabernacle Church, 361 S. Pine St., York.
Blue Heron Enterprises Inc., 2131 S. Queen St., York.
Blue Heron Enterprises Inc., 3320 E. Market St., York.
Bruster's, One Tristan Drive, Dillsburg.
Coffee Queen LLC, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York.
Creative Caterer, 805 Prospect St., York.
Rutters Farm Store, Cape Horn Road, York.