Restaurant Report: Mold, mildew, old food & filth

Restaurant Report

State Department of Agriculture inspectors found expired food, mildew and filth during this week’s food safety inspections.

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services on Prospect Road in Columbia was out of compliance with 15 violations. The report says an inspector found water leaking from the light fixture in the walk-in freezer and black, mildew-like residue on a wall in the storage room. Food in the refrigerator was beyond the “sell by” date, and old food residue was found on the blade of the slicer.

Dragon Garden Restaurant on Cumberland Street in Lebanon was out of compliance with 12 violations. The lower level of the prep tables was covered with cardboard, which is not a cleanable surface, and powdered cleaner was being stored next to powdered seasoning for chicken, the report states. Food in the walk-in cooler was not being date marked, and an exterior door had a gap above it which does not protect against the entry of insects and rodents.

Rutter’s on Broad Street in New Freedom was out of compliance with six violations. An inspector found a black moldy substance on the caulking of a sink, dishwashing equipment had a large buildup of filth and food residue, and the slushie and soda machines were dusty and dirty. The inspector noted the entire area of the sandwich prep unit had a large amount of dirt and food debris, according to the report.

Places with no violations included Northern Middle School, House of Cards in Lebanon, Rheems Elementary School, and Franklin Township Elementary School.

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

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