Restaurant Report: Rodent activity, moldy cheese & greasy drive-thru

Restaurant Report

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Department of Agriculture inspectors found multiple violations at three local restaurants this week, including one with 20 violations, and a county prison was found to be a repeat offender.

Lancaster County Prison was out of compliance with four violations. A report says an inspector found evidence of rodent activity in the dry storage area, a repeat violation. Evidence of rodent activity in the storage areas of the prison’s food facility was found last October.

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant on East Market Street in York was out of compliance with seven violations. An inspector found three- to four-inch-long strings of black slimy mold hanging on the inside of the ice machine. Moldy cheese was found in the kitchen refrigerator, and discolored beef was uncovered and lying directly on a refrigerator shelf, the inspection report states.

Kentucky Fried Chicken on Memory Lane in York was out of compliance with 16 violations. The inspection report says floors and walls throughout the kitchen were extremely dirty and encrusted with food, oil, and dust. An inspector found pieces of cooked and raw food under the fryers and a black mold residue on the soda machine ice chute.

Popeyes Fried Chicken on North Cameron Street in Harrisburg was found out of compliance after someone filed a complaint and an inspector found 20 violations. The inspection report indicates floor drains were clogged with food and grease, causing foul smell and backup. Food employees were cleaning the ceiling with a dust broom, and the drive-thru and trash areas were slippery with grease. The inspector found potential rodent harborage areas due to food under the equipment.

Places with no violations include Northeast Fire and Rescue in Summerdale, Rolled Cold Creamery in Lancaster, Palmyra Area Middle School, and Laurel Fire Company #1 in Windsor.

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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