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 Nov. 24-30.

OUT OF COMPLIANCE

Hess Mart, Fishing Creek Road, Fairview Township.

Action: Violations included two working chemical containers stored on the same shelf as equipment; expired milk was for sale in the reach-in cooler; a soda line that connects to the fountain soda was resting directly on the floor; a single-use cup was stored directly in the bulk sugar container; an accumulation of residue under the hot dog grill; black residue was on the deflector plate of the fountain soda's ice machine; an accumulation of residue on the floor under the fountain soda boxes; old food residue in trash receptacle area.

Comment: Messages seeking comment were not returned.

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Patty's Wagon, 127 Chestnut Grove Road, Dillsburg.

Action: Violations included no three-compartment sink for manual warewashing; sanitizer test strips and test kit were unavailable to determine sanitizer concentration; chemical sanitizer was not used on equipment and utensils after washing and rinsing them, and prior to use; a handwash sink was not available in the mobile unit.

Comment: Messages seeking comment were not returned.

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Wrightsville Steam Fire Engine Hose Co. No. 1, 125 S. Second St., Wrightsville.

Action: Violations included comet cleanser stored on the same shelf as food items; spray insecticide stored next to the range/oven in the food preparation area; medicines stored inside a cabinet and on the same shelf as spices and other food products; food being stored uncovered inside the reach-in refrigerator; potatoes stored directly on the floor inside the kitchen; improper thawing of potentially hazardous food (beef patties) being thawed at room temperature rather than in refrigeration as required; ware washing sinks not kept clean while not in use; dust and other debris on floors behind and under the chest freezer in the storeroom; dried crusted food residue on the wall-mounted, manual french fry cutter-a repeat violation from a previous inspection; single-use, disposable paper towels at the hand wash sink in the kitchen.

Comment: Someone who answered the phone said they had no knowledge of the inspection. A manager could not be reached.

IN COMPLIANCE

Aki Japanese Restaurant, 1150 Carlisle St., Hanover.

Arby's, 409 Loucks Road, York.

Bakers Family Restaurant, 515 US Route 15N, Dillsburg.

Boscov's, York Galleria, 2899 Whiteford Road, York.

Bricker's French Fries, 4735 Lewisberry Road, Dover.

Cedar Valley Pizzeria, 2560 New Park Road, New Park.

Christ Lutheran Child Development Center, 126 W. Main St., Dallastown.

Colony Park Lanes East, 3905 E. Market St., York.

Dairy Queen, 1740 Roosevelt Ave., York.

Goofy's Eatery & Spirits, 5965 York Road, Spring Grove.

Hickory Farms, York Galleria, 2899 Whiteford Road, York.

Sheetz, 4309 N. George St. Ext., Manchester.