Food inspectors report rotten food, fruit flies

Restaurant Report

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Department of Agriculture inspectors found rotten food and fruit flies during food safety checks this week.

A food inspector reported 22 violations at Mariam’s African and Jamaican Cuisine in Harrisburg after a complaint was filed. Employees were eating in the prep area, utensils and equipment that come in contact with food were not properly sanitized before use, and raw fish and boxed fruit were stored directly on the floor, the report states. The inspector also reported that cooking equipment was encrusted with grease, soap was not available at the handwash sink, and stored food was not covered. The report states that the person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety.

Bawarchi Biryani Point on Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg was out of compliance with 17 violations. The inspector reported finding 30 to 40 fruit fly-like insects, employees not wearing hair nets, in-use knives stored between table edges, and raw chicken stored above yogurt in the walk-in cooler.

Subway in Mount Holly Springs was out of compliance with nine violations. The inspector reported fruit flies around the sandwich area and soda machine, and several pieces of spinach in the sandwich unit were rotten. A white residue on the racks in the walk-in cooler was found, and food employee certification records are not being maintained. The inspector said the certification records is a repeat violation.

Places with no violations include Chez Cheri Café in Gettysburg, Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar in Susquehanna Township, Roy-Pitz Brewing Company, Inc. in Chambersburg, and Chellas in Lancaster.

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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