Restaurant Report: Rodents, insects and rotten bananas

Restaurant Report

The state Department of Agriculture found rodent droppings, expired milk, and insect activity during this week’s food safety inspections.

Penn Jersey Food Mart on North Fifth Street in Lebanon was out of compliance with 13 violations. The inspection report says rodent droppings were found on the floor and there was evidence of insect activity inside the reach-in freezer used for ice cream. The inspector also found rotten bananas behind that reach-in freezer, five pints of expired milk was being offered for sale, and the floor in the walk-in cooler had a hole that needed to be closed.

Chef Chen’s Express at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg was out of compliance with seven violations. Food in the walk-in cooler was not covered, and the inspector noted that food was being stored near chemicals and other contamination hazards, the report states. Water used to clean dishes was not getting hot enough, and food employees were not using sanitizer test strips to determine sanitizer concentration.

Places with no violations include Gearhouse Brewing Company in Chambersburg, Bavarian Pretzel Bakery in Lancaster, Hidden Spring Farm in Newmanstown, and Thomasville Country Auction.

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

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