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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 Sept. 17 through Sept. 23:

OUT OF COMPLIANCE: 

El Orgullo De Las Tres Deli and Mini Mart, 532 E. Market St. - Inspected Sept. 20

  • Empanada and potato balls was held at 120 °F, in the ready to eat hot held display unit, rather than 135°F or above as required. Owner adjusted thermostat to raise unit to 165 °F, but admitted the higher temperature dried out the food.
  • Food facility hot water heater is not producing hot water to supply the facility's sinks at the time of this inspection
  • Observed carbonated beverages and juice flavored drinks stored on refrigerator shelves that contained crude and debris. Owner cleaned the shelving units of this refrigerator during the inspection.
  • Food facility's 3 bay sinks for manual warewashing were used for storage of 2 liter carbonated beverages. Owner relocated the carbonated beverages to cabinet top.
  • Grilling oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Owner cleaned this item during the time of this audit but hot water or sanitizer was not available.
  • Facility's hot water heater was inoperable at the time of this inspection which compromises their ability to wash hands and cookware/utensils.
  • Food facility inspection indicates evidence of insect (flies and fruit flies) activity in retail display and food preparation areas, but facility does not have a pest control program.
  • Procedure for cleaning up vomiting and diarrhea events was not posted at the time of this inspection
  • Facility did not have sanitizer or sanitizer bucket with wiping cloths in the food preparation area. Overall sanitation in the food prep area cluttered, dirty and thus unsanitary.

IN COMPLIANCE: 

Inspected Sept. 17

  • Shrewsbury Beer and Soda, Shrewsbury
  • Mickey's Wholesale Pizza, Springfield
  • Dillsburg Tobacco Outlet, Dillsburg

Inspected Sept. 18

  • Xhale Hookah, Springettsbury
  • Tacos y Tortas Mexican Restaurant, Hanover
  • Maple Donuts, York
  • Johnny's Raceway Eatery, Dover
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, East York
  • Genesis Church, New Salem
  • Family Dollar, York City
  • Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, York City
  • Dollar Tree, Manchester
  • Brother's Pizza, Thomasville

Inspected Sept. 19

  • Cool Beanz, Hanover
  • Banana Max, York City
  • Arooga's, York

Inspected Sept. 20

  • Rite Aid, Hanover
  • Oss Health, West York
  • Menges Mills Market, Spring Grove
  • Hong Kong Buffet, Etters
  • Brother's Pizza, Hanover

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.

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