Restaurant Report: Slimy pink film, dirty utensils

Restaurant Report

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Inspectors with the state Department of Agriculture found dirty equipment, improper food handling, and other violations during food safety inspections at three local restaurants this week.

Diffy’s Family Restaurant on Molly Pitcher Highway in Shippensburg was out of compliance with 15 violations. The inspection report says clean equipment and utensils were stored in an extremely dirty drawer, and various equipment in the kitchen was dusty and dirty. The inspector also found deeply scored cutting boards, and unused equipment was stored throughout the facility.

Front Street Diner in Harrisburg was out of compliance with 10 violations. Slimy pink film was found in the ice machine, foods on top of the steam table were not kept hot enough, foods were not date marked, and an employee was touching ready to eat food with bare hands, according to the report.

Pizza Star III on Path Valley Road in Willow Hill was out of compliance with 10 violations. The plumbing system was not maintained in good repair, and several hand sinks were leaking, the report states. The inspector also reported old, unused equipment was stored throughout the facility, the fry cutter and can opener had food residue. The report said the owner does not demonstrate adequate knowledge of food safety.

Places with no violations include Nana’s Oven in York, La Placita de Lebanon, Onion’s Café in Lancaster, and Sunset Ice Cream Parlor in Gettysburg.

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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