Live rodents along walls, in dog food at this bargain store: food inspections

Harper Ho
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.

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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.

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

Inspected Feb. 5, 2022


  • The inspector observed live rodents along walls and inside of dog food in the rear area of the food facility.
  • Potential rodent harborage areas inside the food facility observed in the retail and rear storage areas of the food facility.
  • Black bins, shelving unit and pallets stored in rear outside area of the food facility need to be removed.
  • Old unused equipment stored in rear area (metal racks), should be removed from food facility.
  • Observed rear area of the food facility is extremely dirty with trash, rodent droppings and dust debris and in need of immediate cleaning.
  • The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • The inspector observed trapped dead rodents (mice) underneath shelving units at the time of inspection.

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