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 Feb. 27-March 05.

OUT OF COMPLIANCE

Burger King, 490 Loucks Road, York.

Action: Violations included rodent-type droppings, too numerous to count, in the back corner of the utility room; back door held open with a rock, which could have allowed rodents and insects to enter; dirt and debris on the floors, especially in the corners and in the hard-to-clean areas.

Comment: A manager did not return calls seeking comment.

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Paradise Pizza Express, 4265 N. Susquehanna Trail, York.


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Action: Violations included an employee's open beverage container in the food preparation area; a food handler was not wearing a hair restraint; food was stored directly on the floor of the walk-in, rather than 6 inches off the floor as required; sauce was held below proper temperature; baine-marie was not hold proper temperatures; slicer and onion dicer were not clean to sight and touch; plumbing system was not maintained in good repair; floor tiles were chipped and cracked in several places of the facility.

Comment: Manager Marshall Buser said all violations have been corrected.

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Sonic Store, 290 Wilson Ave., Hanover.

Action: Violations included food employee changing tasks, which may have contaminated hands, without a proper handwash in between; food employees in the preparation area were not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats or beard covers; food was stored without covering in a freezer; utensils were stored with handles in the food; a spatula at the grill was deformed and not durable for normal use; thermometers were not available or readily accessible in various freezers and refrigerators at the facility; not enough drainboards, utensil racks or tables to allow for storage of soiled and/or cleaned items before and after cleaning; three-bay sink in front of restaurant observed with build up of stains and not cleaned on regular basis; pans, can opener, utensils, knives, lids and doors were not clean to sight and touch; observed clean food equipment and/or utensils above three-bay sink stored wet and in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying; hand wash sink in front of restaurant does not have adequate hot water pressure; door to the walk-in freezer does not close properly; mops are not being hung to air dry; food facility operator failed to post an orginal, valid food certification certificate in a location conspicuous to the consumer.

Comment: Manager Barb Sullivan said all violations have bee corrected.

IN COMPLIANCE

Aldi, Northern Way, York.

American Legion, 23 E. Broadway, Red Lion.

Arby's, 2810 E. Market St., York.

Asiana Cuisine, 2415 E. Market St., York.

Aunt Nettie's Kitchen Restaurant and Bakery, 2030 Thistle Hill Drive, Spring Grove.

Auntie Anne's Pretzels, 1800 Loucks Road, York.

Auntie Anne's Pretzels, 2801 E. Market St., York.

B.P.O.E. Elks Club, North Forney Ave., Hanover.

Bricker's French Fries, 5309 Lincoln Highway, Thomasville.

Candy Land, 5309 Lincoln Highway, Thomasville.

Charles Ilyes Family, 1181 Buck Tail Road, York. 

Chicken Shack (The), 5309 Lincoln Highway, Thomasville.

Christian School of York, 907 Greenbriar Road, York.

Cocoa Hut, 3402 E. Market St., York.

Crabby Jacks Seafood, 5309 Lincoln Highway, Thomasville.

Crossroads Middle School, 535 Fishing Creek Road, Lewisberry.

Spring Grove Area Intermediate School, Roth Church Road, Spring Grove.

Turkey Hill, East Prospect Road, York.

YORK CITY

American Grocery Mart, 451 E. Philadelphia St. Score: 96

Big Wash, 200 S. Queen St. Score: 100

Fujihana, 905 Loucks Road. Score: 99

Goode Elementary School, 231 N. Broad St. Score: 100

Jim & Nenas, 205 Parkway Boulevard. Score: 94

KFC, 908 Loucks Road. Score: 98

Maple Donuts, 910 Loucks Road. Score: 100

Pizza Hut, 1189 Loucks Road. Score: 100

Shiloh Baptist Church, 629 S. Pershing Ave. Score: 95

Sunshine Christian Day Care & Learning Center, 740 W. Locust St. Score: 99