The latest food safety violations in Lebanon County

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Here are the most recent food safety violations in Lebanon County, as documented by Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture.

Inspections are taken as a “snapshot” of the day and time, and should not necessarily be taken as overall indicators of an establishment’s cleanliness. Violations are often corrected prior to the inspector leaving the site. Restaurants were found to be in compliance unless otherwise noted.

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Chen’s House

Found to be out of compliance.

March 6 | 1510 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042

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6 – 202.15 Outer Openings, Protected
The rear door was propped open with a screwdriver creating a gap that does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals. Corrected.

4 – 904.11 Single-Service & Single-Use Articles, Preventing Contamination
Deli containers and tin cans are being used as scoops in the dry ingredients rather than durable scoops with handles.

4 – 602.13 Nonfood-Contact Surfaces
A dirty, cracked, wooden 2×4 is under a prep table and reportedly used for knife sharpening.

The fan covers on the evaporator in the walk-in cooler, non-food contact surfaces are not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil.

The handles of the bain marie, the exterior of a tea pot, and other items, each non-food contact surfaces are not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil.

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3 – 501.17 Ready-to-Eat, Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food, Date Marking
Items in the walk-in cooler are not dated.

3 – 302.11 Packaged and Unpackaged Food-Separation, Packaging & Segregation
Food items in the walk-in cooler stored open with no covering.

6 – 501.114 Maintaining Premises, Unnecessary Items and Litter
Cleaning behind and under equipment is not being done at the required frequency.

Numerous obsolete items are stored around the prep area; old unused equipment should be removed from food facility.

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5 – 205.11 Using a Handwashing Sink-Operation and Maintenance
The hot water at the handwashing sink in the front of the prep area is turned off.

The drain at the handwashing sink in the back of the prep area is broken; water goes onto the floor. It is obvious that this sink has not worked for quite some time because the handles were very dirty and covered with mold. The sink was cleaned during the inspection.

4 – 101.11 Characteristics – Materials for Construction and Repair
One set of shelves in the walk-in cooler are rusted and can no longer be cleaned.

Cardboard is used under ingredients is very dirty. Cardboard is not a durable cleanable surface.

6 – 501.111 Controlling Pests
Potential rodent harborage areas on the exterior of the building perimeter observed in the rear area due to items being stored against the building.

Potential rodent harborage areas inside the food facility observed in the prep area due to rodent droppings being observed on the lower level of a prep table and behind equipment.

4 – 601.11(A) Equipment, Food Contact Surfaces, Nonfood Contact Surfaces and Utensils
A container of knives and other utensils under a prep table, all food contact surfaces, were observed to have food residue and were not clean to sight and touch. Cleaned.

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3 – 305.11 Food Storage, Preventing Contamination from the Premises
Mail, chewing gum, band-aids, bandage tape and a tooth brush were stored on a shelf above the prep table.

2 – 401.11 Eating, Drinking or Using Tobacco
An open employee’s beverage container (a coffee cup) was observed in the prep area.

6 – 501.16 Drying Mops
Mops are not being hung to air dry.

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4 – 903.11 (A-B)(D) Equipment, Utensils and Linens, Storing
Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in the prep area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).

3 – 501.19 Time as a Public Health Control
Flour used for dredging raw chicken is being held at room temperature for more than 4 hours. If this flour is to be held at room temperature, then records showing the time should be maintained. Flour was discarded.

Tony’s Mining Company

March 11 | 211 Rexmont Rd., Cornwall, PA 17016

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3 – 501.16(A2)(B) Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food, Cold Holding
Items in walk in cooler at 43-44 °F rather than 41°F or below as required.

4 – 601.11(A) Equipment, Food Contact Surfaces, Nonfood Contact Surfaces and Utensils
Ice machine not cleaned at a frequency to prevent the presence of mold. Food containers on shelf were not clean to sight and touch.

4 – 903.11 (A-B)(D) Equipment, Utensils and Linens, Storing
Observed clean food equipment stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).

Quesa Dee’as

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March 11 | 708 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042

4 – 602.13 Nonfood-Contact Surfaces
Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil; specifically the interior of the bain marie, sides of squeeze bottles, outsided lid of hot holding unit, doors and other surfaces.

4 – 601.11(A) Equipment, Food Contact Surfaces, Nonfood Contact Surfaces and Utensils
The interior of the microwave oven, large spoons, a small frying pan and a strainer, each food contact surfaces, were observed to have food residue and were not clean to sight and touch.

6 – 501.114 Maintaining Premises, Unnecessary Items and Litter
An obsolete ice machine and other miscellaneous items that are no longer used should be removed from the facility. The ice machine makes access to the handsink and cleaning the service area more difficult.

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Friendship Fire Company

March 11 | 610 S. 2nd St., Lebanon, PA 17042

4 – 601.11(A) Equipment, Food Contact Surfaces, Nonfood Contact Surfaces and Utensils
Ice machine not cleaned at a frequency to prevent the presence of mold inside. Food containers on storage shelf were not clean to sight and touch.

Family Dollar Store #4041

Found to be out of compliance.

March 11 | 306 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042

6 – 202.15 Outer Openings, Protected
Main door located in the entrance area of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

6 – 501.111 Controlling Pests
Potential rodent harborage areas inside the food facility due to rodent droppings being observed on food shelves and on the pet food shelves. Pet food shelves need to be monitored closely for spilled pet food which will attract rodents.

The entire building cannot be inspected properly for two reasons. The back room storage area is so full of an excessive amount of stock that the area cannot be inspected. Sections of the building that are or were apartments need to be accessed so that they can be inspected.

6 – 501.114 Maintaining Premises, Unnecessary Items and Litter
Electrical panels in the back room storage area are blocked.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center

March 12 | 2596 Cornwall Rd., Lebanon, PA 17042

4 – 601.11(A) Equipment, Food Contact Surfaces, Nonfood Contact Surfaces and Utensils
Ice machine not cleaned at a frequency to prevent the presence of mold.

6 – 501.111 Controlling Pests
Potential rodent harborage areas inside the food facility observed in the pantry and boiler rooms areas due to the presence of droppings.


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