Restaurant Report: Old grease, slimy residue, and roach activity

Restaurant Report

The Department of Agriculture found potential contamination with food storage practices, mold-like residue, and evidence of roach activity in the latest round of restaurant inspections.

New China on East Main Street in Middletown was out of compliance with 13 violations. The inspection report says raw chicken and beef were stored in a way that could contaminate raw vegetables. Medication was stored with food, risking contamination, a bin of whole chickens was not being thawed in a safe manner, and there was a heavy accumulation of food debris and grease.

Hong Kong Chef on Cumberland Parkway in Mechanicsburg was out of compliance with 10 violations. The inspection report says the person in charge did not have adequate knowledge of food safety. A can of chemicals was stored next to food, risking contamination, there was black, “mold-like residue” under one of the coolers, and there was an accumulation of old grease, food debris, and static dust.

Aki Japanese Restaurant on Carlisle Street in Hanover was out of compliance with eight violations. The inspection report says raw chicken was stored in a way that could contaminate ready-to-eat food. The ceiling vents in the hibachi area were heavily soiled with old, encrusted grease and dust. There was black, slimy residue inside the ice machine, and there was evidence of roach activity near the storage areas.

Establishments with no violations include Ric’s Bread in Lancaster, Root Beer Barrel in Cornwall, Rita’s Italian Ice in Gettysburg, and Wings To Go in York.

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

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