Latest York County food inspections: 5 out of compliance

David Weissman
York Dispatch

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 Jan. 2-8.


Regular inspections:

Marcello's Pizza, 421 Center St., Mount Wolf, 10 violations

Action: Violations included employee wearing watch while preparing sandwiches; not using sanitizer test strips; employee making contact with food with bare hands; sauce held at improper temperature; outdoor waste receptacle lids open; sanitizing solution at toxic level; employee used improper hand washing procedure; and in-use tongs stored on oven handles.

Royal Farms, 2605 S. Queen St., 8 violations

Action: Violations included raw shell eggs stored next to hard boiled eggs; employee's open beverage container observed in food prep area; tea sweetener stored in direct contact with waste receptacle; soda machine dispensing nozzles observed with food residue; food pans observed with old stickers and sticker residue; overdue milk displayed for sale; and old food residue observed in hand wash sink.

Little Elephant, 3609 E. Market St., 15 violations

Action: Violations included drain in walk-in freezer is clogged or frozen; sanitizer and soap stored above food equipment; employee's medicine stored on shelf with drinking glasses; wet wiping cloths not stored in sanitizer solution; equipment observed with accumulation of dust, dirt and food residue; toothbrush and toothpaste stored in beverage station area; floor in kitchen made of tile; light shield cracked over fountain soda machine area; exit door has gap; many personal belongings observed on floor in storage areas; employee's open beverage container observed in food prep area; and cutting blade observed with food residue.

Lin's Garden Chinese Restaurant, 964 S. George St., 8 violations

Action: Violations included employee wearing bracelet preparing food; no procedures for employees to follow when responding to event involving vomit or fecal matter discharge; personal clothing observed handing from food storage shelving unit; packages of raw beed and pork stored above cooked food in refrigerator; food held at improper temperatures; pots and pans washed with sanitizing; employees not properly trained in food safety; and employee observed using cell phone, scratching face and preparing food without washing hands.

Other-than-regular inspections:


Heritage Hills Golf Resort, 2700 Mount Rose Ave., 2 violations

Action: Violations included surfaces not washed and sanitized as required following incident (backup of raw sewage) that potentially caused contamination to exposed surfaces; and failure to notify department of imminent health hazard and cease operations.

Note: This is the third time since June 2016 that this facility has been ruled out of compliance.


Other-than-regular inspections:


Frank Theatres/ Queensgate Stadium 13, 2067 Springwood Road


The Popcorn Loft, 2175 York Crossing

Buffalo Wild Wings, 320 Towne Center Dr.

Wendy's, 2060 Springwood Road


Regular inspections:

J&B's Grill, 14 N. Main St., Shrewsbury

Springfield Township Farmers Association, 1251 Valley Road

Bruster's, 1 Tristan Dr., Dillsburg

IHOP, 108 Pauline Dr.

Messina's Pizza, 63 N. Main St., Stewartstown

Pizza Hut, 2410 Mt. Rose St.

Rutter's, 1090 Old Trail Road, Newberry Township

Valley Green Beverage, 20 Newberry Commons, Newberry Township

Burger King, 61 Renaissance Dr., New Freedom

Chipotle, 98 Sophia Dr., Shrewsbury

Gift Riteway, 9 Dairyland Square, Red Lion

Red Lion Fraternal Home, 323 W. Broadway, Red Lion

Saubel's Market, 65 E. Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury

Subway, 1000 S. George St.

Arby's, 669 Shrewsbury Commons, Shrewsbury

Philly Pretzel Factory, 698 Shrewsbury Commons Ave., Shrewsbury

Starbucks, 14605 Mt. Airy Road, Shrewsbury

Texas Lunch, 38 Carlisle St., Hanover