FOOD INSPECTIONS: 2 ruled out of compliance

David Weissman
  • Sonic Drive-in, in Hanover, ruled out of compliance for second time since June 2015.
  • Red Lobster, in Springettsbury Township, passes follow-up inspection after being closed by order.

The state Department of Agriculture conducts annual inspections of food-serving businesses 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, employee hygiene and issues with chemicals and how they're handled.

Depending on the severity of the situation, inspectors and their supervisors could file citations or close an establishment.

Below is a list of establishments that were inspected August 24-30.


Regular inspections:

Route 74 Restaurant, 4980 Carlisle Road, Dover, 8 violations

Action: Violations included fans in food prep area observed with heavy accumulation of static dust; metal shelving is rusted; refrigerator not in use observed with mold-like substance on interior surfaces; warewashing equipment observed with limescale buildup and food residue inside; ice machine observed with mold-like residue; food storage containers observed with sticker residue; plumbing system not maintained in good repair; and clothing, equipment parts and debris found in corners of outdoor storage shed.

Sonic Drive-in, 290 Wilson Ave., Hanover, 12 violations

Action: Violations included food employee wearing bracelet, watch or ring; employee's beverage container observed in food prep area; employee cell phone laying on prep table; employee observed with wiping cloth hanging out of back pocket; walk-in freezer does not close properly; loose rubber gaskets on walk-in freezer; numerous holes outside walk-in freezer door; black mold-like substance observed on side walls of ice machine; onion slicer observed with food residue; fan guards in walk-in cooler observed unclean; condiment holders observed with large amounts of dust, dirt and food residue; food debris observed in refrigerator; plastic curtains soiled with food residue; shelving inside sandwich cooler observed with food splatter; clean equipment stored in window sill; clean lids soiled with soda and syrup splash; utensils observed in hand wash sink; and oil drops forming above grill area.

Note: This is the second time this facility has been ruled out of compliance since June 2015.


Other-than-regular inspections:

New ownership:

Dollar Tree, 110 Old York Road, New Cumberland


Sweet and Savory, 104 Waneta St., New Freedom

Edible Arrangements, 409 Eisenhower Dr., Hanover


Dairy Queen, 110 Old York Road, New Cumberland

Peach Bottom Inn, 6085 Delta Road, Delta

Victory Athletic Association, 471 S. Ogontz St.

Red Lobster, 2555 E. Market St.

Springetts Red Lobster reopening

Weis Markets, 1800 Roosevelt Ave.

Central Pizza, 33 N. Main St., Red Lion


Regular inspections:

Delta Discount Grocery and More, 102 College Ave., Delta

Delta-Peach Bottom Elementary School, 1081 Atom Road, Delta

El Rodeo, 1130 Carlisle St., Hanover

Fairview Elementary School, 480 Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 2815 Concord Road

North Hopewell-Winterstown Fire Department, 12246 Winterstown Road, Winterstown

Ross Dress for Less, 2855 Concord Road

Staples, 2915 Concord Road

Turkey Hill Minit Market, 300 Frederick St., Hanover

Dollar General, 2450 E. Market St.

Boardwalks, 3608 E. Market St.

Calvary Bible Church, 603 Wilson Ave., Hanover

Debs Dogs, 257 Maple Grove Road, Hanover

Hanover Church of Brethren, 601 Wilson Ave., Hanover

Rite Aid, 3300 E. Market St.

Subway, 3943 E. Market St.

Becky's Baking Boutique, Franklin and Guy St., Hellam

Dollar General, 2138 S. Queen St.

Dover Valley Family Restaurant, 3720 Carlisle Road, Dover

Hanover VFW, 19 S. McKinley Ave., Hanover

Hellam Area Recreation Commission, Franklin and Guy St., Hellam

Hellam Community Organization, Franklin and Guy St., Hellam

Magic Elm Skate Land, 625 W. Elm Ave., Hanover

McDonald's, 3141 Carlisle Road, Dover

Rita's Ice, Franklin and Guy St., Hellam

Rite Aid, 43-47 Baltimore St., Hanover

Rutter's, 301 N. Main St., Red Lion

Sheetz, 1720 S. Queen St.

Tom's Vegetable Company, Franklin and Guy St., Hellam