Restaurant Report: Mold, insects, kids in the kitchen

Restaurant Report

The state Department of Agriculture found dead insects, mold, and evidence that children were playing in a restaurant kitchen during this week’s food safety inspections.

Little Elephant restaurant on East Market Street in York was out of compliance with 10 violations. The inspection report says there was childcare taking place in the food prep area. An inspector found toys, bottles, children’s medication, clothing, skateboard, and balls throughout the kitchen, and kids were drinking and eating in the food preparation/dish machine area. The inspector also found bedding and clothing, indicating someone was sleeping there.

Dairy Queen on Fulling Mill Road in Middletown was out of compliance with 13 violations. An inspector found numerous dead fruit-fly like insects and mold on old ice cream equipment in the walk-in cooler. A bottle of prescription medicine was stored above the food preparation table, and the floor of the walk-in cooler was dirty with food debris, the report states. 

New South China Buffet on Quentin Road in Lebanon was out of compliance with 16 violations. The report says several food items were not being kept cold enough including eggs and cooked noodles. The hood system above the woks and fryers had grease drippings, cooking/frying equipment was encrusted with grease, and dish racks were being stored on the floor.

Cottage Pub and Restaurant on Wayne Avenue in Chambersburg out of compliance with 16 violations. An inspector found mold on the walls and ceiling of the walk-in cooler, cooking equipment encrusted in grease, raw chicken stored above cream cheese in the reach-in cooler, and several areas were extremely dirty and in need of cleaning, according to the report.

Places with no violations included Alfred & Sam’s Italian Bakery in Lancaster, Mont Alto Fire Company, Susquehanna Township Middle School, and Juice & Java in Mechanicsburg.

The Department of Agriculture has a searchable database of Pennsylvania restaurant inspections on its website. 

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