Department of Agriculture; mold, pesticides, leaky roof found at restaurants

Restaurant Report

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Department of Agriculture inspectors reported mold, pesticides, and a leaky roof after food safety checks this week.

Core Life Eatery on Fruitville Pike in Lancaster was out of compliance with 19 violations. An inspector found a black residue in the nozzle of the self-serve drinks and a pink and tan slime inside the chute of the self-service ice maker. The inspector also reported a brown residue buildup inside all drains, grime and food residue on the floor. Raw tuna was not being kept cold enough, and food employees were changing tasks without washing hands. Employee personal belongings, like jackets, were stored on top of food in the food prep area. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety, the inspector wrote.

Food inspectors found nine violations at Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Order Sons of Italy on Fritchey Street in Harrisburg. There was mold on shelves that store food in the walk-in cooler, a biofilm was found on the deflector plate of the ice machine, salad dressings were not being kept cold enough, and there was old food debris on the can opener blade, according to the inspection report.

State of Affairs Catering on East Frederick Street in Lancaster was found to have four violations. The inspector said an employee’s cell phone was found on a food contact surface, the roof in the food prep area was leaking, and containers of pesticides were stored above a sink.

Places with no violations include Fishing Creek Elementary School in Lewisberry, Forge Road Elementary School in Palmyra, Ric’s Bread in Lancaster, and The Nut ‘n’ Pickle in Palmyra.

The Department of Agriculture has a searchable database of Pennsylvania restaurant inspections on its website. If you come across a dirty restaurant, you can file a complaint on the department’s website.

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