York City Bureau of Health conducts inspections of food-serving establishments to ensure public safety and safe food-handling practices. 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. Violations 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. Inspection results are reported to the state Department of Agriculture.

Below is a list of establishments listed as compliant and out-of-compliance for inspections conducted recently.

YORK CITY

OUT OF COMPLIANCE

C-Town/M&M Grocery Inc., 139 N. Duke St.

Action: Violations are: person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety; no sign or poster posted at the hand wash sink to remind employees to wash their hands; paper towel dispenser empty at the hand wash sink in the meat area; raw chicken was stored above raw beef in walk-in cooler; clean knives stored in dirty utensil holder at meat department; Potentially Hazardous Food (PHF) temperature held at 53 degrees in an open display case area, rather than the required 41 or lower degrees; containers in meat department area not marked with the common name of the chemical; food employees not wearing hair restraints in meat department; wet wiping cloths in meat department not stored in sanitizer solution; the food facility did not have sanitizer test strips or kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration; cardboard used as a floor covering; accumulated dust on walk-in cooler fan covers, a repeat violation; and single service trays for meat stored above meat cutting area and contaminated with blood.


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The tray was discarded.

Comments: The store has been taking care of every violation, said Juan Rodriguez, a store manager. After the inspection on Wednesday, Aug. 14, the store started "as soon as possible" to correct the violations, he said. Rodriguez said that while going through the store with the inspector, he admitted that he did not know all the standards for food refrigeration. He said he plans to receive additional food safety training. The store's corrections have yet to be inspected, he said.

IN COMPLIANCE

A.A. Variety, 6 S. Queen St.

Chino's Restaurant, 223 Fulton St.

Larry's Corner Store, 29 S. Beaver St.

McDonald's, 142 S. George St.

TASA, 34 W. Philadelphia St.