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 out-of-compliance for inspections conducted Jan. 14-21.

OUT OF COMPLIANCE

American Legion Post 14, 201 Carlisle St., Hanover.

Action: Violations included improper levels of sanitizer; employee personal items in food-preparation area; ground beef stored above fish; food stored directly on the floor; mold-type substance on a wood shelf; a home dish washer in the kitchen; interior of the microwave was not clean; clean food equipment stored on the floor; empty paper towel dispenser at the handwash sink in the bar area; a bottle of liquor containing two dead insects.

Comment: A manager could not be reached.

AMVETS 22, 206 Broadway, Hanover.

Action: Violations included hand cream being stored in the kitchen and used by employees while working; an employee's open beverage container in a food preparation area; a food employee touching ready-to-eat food with bare hands; a loaf of bread stored on a container of raw ground beef; cups without handles being used as scoops in bulk ingredient containers; ice scoop handles touching the ice; plastic cup used as ice scoop in the bar; wet wiping cloths not stored in sanitizer solution; raw animal foods stored above ready-to-eat foods; food stored directly on the floor; refrigerator thermometers not visible or easily accessible; bar soda gun not clean to sight and touch; slicer contained food residue; interior of the microwave not clean; accumulation of static dust on the hood filters; walk-in fan covers contained accumulation of static dust; single-use food service items stored directly on the floor; oven racks on the floor; to-go items stored food side up; single-use items stored under the hand sink drain; downstairs men's room hand sink spraying water when turned on; drains not operating properly at the three-compartment sink; carpet used as a floor covering in the bar area.

Comment: Manager Candace Frock said the facility passed a follow-up inspection on Friday.

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar, 375 Eisenhower Drive, Hanover.

Action: Violations included spray bottles of chemicals not labeled with the contents; a working container of cleaner/sanitizer was stored above or on the same shelf with food, equipment and/or single-service articles in the area; souffle cups without handles are being used as scoops in several food containers; food employees are not using available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine sanitizer concentration; deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required; chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low-temperature sanitizing dishwasher; sanitizer levels were too low in wiping cloth buckets; bar and server soda guns were not clean to sight and touch; magnetic knife holder and knives on the magnet were not clean to sight and touch; stickers and glue on clean pans; slicer contained food residue and was not clean to sight and touch; ice scoop holder was not clean to sight and touch; interior of ice machine not clean to sight and touch; several single-service items stored food side up; souffle cups on the cooks and server line were not protected from overhead contamination; drain hose was not connected to the bar soda holster; a tiny leak from under an ice bin; lights not shielded or shatterproof; no sign or poster posted at the handwash sink in the men's room to remind food employees to wash their hands; empty paper towel dispenser at several hand sinks; excessive dirt and debris under an ice bin; most floor drains were not clean; tiny flying insects too numerous to count under an ice bin; two dead insects in one bottle of liquor.

Comment: A manager said all violations were corrected.

Bay City Seafood, 110 Eisenhower Drive, Hanover.

Action: Violations included food employee's personal medicines stored among food equipment; food employee touching ready-to-eat food with bare hands; spray bottle not properly labeled and contained food contents; souffle cups with no handle being used as scoops; soup was not properly cooled; lemon juice was not refrigerated after opening as stated on the label; breading for potentially hazardous foods stored at room temperature with clumps, indicating it was not being sifted every four hours; no consumer advisory posted in the retail store for raw shellfish; mechanical warewashing equipment does not have a manufacturer data plate with operation specifications; several hood filters were missing; bar refrigerator missing a thermometer; knobs missing on steam table wells; chlorine chemical sanitizer residue detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the dishwasher; sanitizer level too low in a wiping cloth bucket; slicer contained food residue; underside of the shelf over the cooks line was not clean to sight and touch; single-use, to-go items stored food side up; clean dish racks stored on the floor; clean silverware stored eating end up; preset tableware not wrapped, covered or inverted; no covered trash can for sanitary napkins in employee restroom; insect-control device located in the kitchen area with potential to contaminate food, equipment and/or utensils.

Comment: Co-owner Wesley Smith said all violations were corrected and many were corrected the day of the inspection.

Big Mike's Crab House & Grill, 100 High St., Hanover.

Action: Violations included souffle cups with no handles being used as scoops; ice scoop handle was touching the ice; clumps in breading are not being sifted every four hours; walk-in shelves are lined with cardboard; metal weight for cooking was not clean; ice machine deflector plate was not clean; observed single-service stored in the basement under sewer lines and directly on the floor; outside dumpster lid was not closed; empty paper towel dispenser at the handwash sink; not all floor drains were clean to sight and touch.

Comment: A manager could not be reached.

Dawn's Cafe Inc., 532 Baltimore St., Hanover.

Action: Violations included several raw animal foods were stored above ready-to-eat foods in the walk-in; ice scoop handle is touching the ice; food was held above required temperatures; clumps of old chicken blood in the breading, which was stored at room temperature; food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration; ambient temperature of the kitchen refrigerator was 51 degrees and all food was to be disposed; kitchen equipment was not working; slicer contained food residue and was not clean to sight and touch; microwaves, inside of the refrigerator, fryer baskets and grill were not clean to sight and touch; underside of baine-marie cutting board was not clean; facility is disorganized and cluttered with unused equipment and non-food items; most non-food contact surfaces were not clean; single-use, to-go items were stored food side up; no hot water at restroom hand sinks; no handwash sink in the kitchen; no covered trash can for sanitary napkins in women's restroom; no soap, paper towels or sign reminding employees to wash their hands; bar floor contains excessive trash; excessive grease, dirt and debris on the floor under the fryers; excessive trash and debris on basement floor; strong odor of urine in men's room; no employee certified in food safety.

Comment: A manager could not be reached.

DJ's Tavern, 174 North St., Hanover.

Action: Violations included excessive chlorine concentration in wiping cloth bucket; eggs served undercooked to customer's request and consumer advisory not provided on menu, table tent or placard; home dishwasher, which is not capable of sanitizing, was being used in the facility; no three-compartment sink available for manual warewashing; no chlorine test strips available to test the sanitizer concentration; food utensils and equipment not being properly washed, rinsed and sanitized; soda gun and holster was not clean to sight and touch; no hand sink available in the food preparation area; no covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins in the women's restroom; no self-closing door in the restrooms; one dead insect in a bottle of liquor.

Comment: A worker said a manager was on vacation and could not be reached.

El Agave Mini Market, 130 Eisenhart Drive, Hanover.

Action: Violations included person in charge was not able to provide documentation that plastic bag and plastic wrapped foods were from an approved source; food items removed from shelf immediately; packaged food not labeled as required and was removed from shelf immediately; raw eggs and pork stored above ready-to-eat foods in the display case and front refrigeration units; raw beef stored above ready-to-eat items; prepackaged food located on front counter was not labeled to clearly show allergen ingredients and were removed immediately; prepackaged food on shelving units were not properly labeled with name of product, ingredient statement, net weight, distribution information and nutritional facts; no sanitizer test strips or test kit available; clean, single-use food equipment and/or utensils were stored uncovered on rear counter; a certified food employee was not available during all hours of operation; food facility owner was not ServSafe certified at the time of inspection.

Comment: A manager could not be reached.

New China, 170 Newberry Commons, Newberry Township.

Action: Violations included food employees observed changing tasks that may have contaminated hands without a proper handwash in between; touching raw chicken then cooking and touching single-service items and equipment; food employee washed their hands at three-compartment sink, rather than the designated handwash sink; food employees were not wearing proper hair restraints; wet wiping cloths in food preparation area were not being stored in sanitizer solution; chicken was being cooled in large, 5-gallon bucket, which is not a proper cooling method.

Comment: A worker hung up on a reporter seeking comment.

VFW Post 7045, 341 Yorkanna Road, York.

Action: Violations included raw shell eggs stored on shelf above cooked or ready-to-eat foods; a 10-to-15 pound roll of raw ground beef was being stored above ready-to-eat deli meats; chlorine chemical sanitizer residue was detected in the final rinse cycle of the glass washer; floor beneath rubber mats required thorough cleaning; accumulation of static dust on the ceilings inside the walk-in refrigerator.

Comment: A manager could not be reached.

IN COMPLIANCE

Hess Market, 486 Fishing Creek Road, Newberry Township.

J&A Shoppette, 3100 York Haven Road, Manchester.

Olive Garden, 10 Wilson Drive, Hanover.

Red Lion Bowling Center, 90 Martin St., Red Lion.

Rite Aid, 910 W. Broadway, Red Lion.

Tourist Inn, 671 W. Market St., Hallam.

Windsor Manor Elementary School, 2110 Windsor Road, Windsor.