4 establishments fail state health inspections

Posted on November 12, 2011 by


In an article in the York Dispach, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture conducts yearly inspections of food-serving establishments to ensure public safety and safe food-handling practices. Schools are inspected twice per year, according to the Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratories.

Whether an establishment is considered compliant or non-compliant is the discretion of the inspector. There are, however, several violations for which inspectors should automatically consider establishments non-compliant. Called “critical violations,” they include food temperature issues, issues with chemicals and how they’re handled, and employee hygiene.

Depending on the severity of the situation, inspectors and their supervisors could file citations or close an establishment.

Below is a list of establishments listed as compliant and out-of-compliance for inspections conducted Novembember 2 – 9.


Frank Theatres Queensgate Stadium 13, 2067 Springwood Road, York.

Issued 11 violations including container of OxyClean used for cleaning kitchen floors being stored on top of the bulk ice machine, empty spray bottled labeled as containing “orange cleaner” stored on the same shelf with single-use disposable containers, employee eating in ware washing area in the cafe’s kitchen, ice scoop being stored directly on top of the bulk ice machine, disposable portion cup being used as a scoop in the popcorn salt at the popcorn popper, temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment not available, electronic paper towel dispensers not functioning, multiple restrooms with multiple handwash sinks which do not allow water to continue flowing for at least 15 seconds without reactivating the faucet, 17 handwash sinks not functioning, sink not equipped with soap and several other hand sink violations, wastewater drain line in disrepair, and the facility does not employ a food-certified employee as required.

Comment: A corporate spokesperson did not return calls for comment by the provided deadline.

King Pizza, 555 Ryan Run, Suite P, York.

Issued 17 violations, including employee donning gloves without a prior hand wash, food employee wearing bracelet and ring, open employee’s beverage container in a food preparation area, food handler not wearing a hair restraint, food employee touching ready-to-eat food with bare hands, knives being stored in an area that’s not easily cleaned, wet wiping cloths not being store in sanitizer solution, food stored directly on the floor, salad bar food held at 48 degrees instead of 41 degrees or below, food thermometers not scaled properly, cheese grater had “gross amounts of old dried cheese on it,” interior of microwave not clean to sight and touch, to-go containers stored food-side-up, handwash sink blocked by buckets and not accessible for use, toilet rooms without self-closing doors, front door of the facility being propped open, and floor drain is not clean under the three bay sink area.

Comment: Owner Bobby Kandias said all violations have been corrected.

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S & S Produce, 328 E. Broadway, Red Lion.

Issued 10 violations, including potentially hazardous smoked and processed wild game meat being repackaged on premises using reduced oxygen packaging without the proper plan. The inspector ordered the packaging to cease until a proper plan is approved by the state.

Other violations include potentially hazardous smoked and processed wild game meats repackaged with no proof that the meat has or meets a secondary food safety barrier, and smoked and repackaged wild game meats being sold with no proof of source or that the meat came from a USDA-inspected plant. The inspector ordered all meats to be removed from sale to the general public.

The inspector also threw out 43 pounds of potentially hazardous cheese that had been sitting on the customer service counter since 11 p.m. the day before.

Cheese and wild game meats were not being marked with dates or proper labels.

The store was also issued a violation for operating doors which don’t prevent possible animal, rodent or insect entry.

Comment: Owner Steve Reichard issued the following statement: “The issues were easily addressed by us by the end of that day.”

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Sweet House, 1208 Greensprings Drive, York.

Violations: Issued 12 violations, including raw beef stored over ready-to-eat foods, rice that was not reheated to 165 degrees within two hours, rice held at 60 degrees instead of 135 degrees or above as required, filter missing in the hood system, dirty microwave, metal can used to store clean knives was not clean, many surfaces – walls, exteriors of food equipment – not clean, to-go containers stored on floor, handwash sink being used for other tasks than washing hands, mop water not being dumped after use, back door propped open and dirty floors.

Comment: No English-speaking manager or owner was available for comment.

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