By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

11 violations, Gulf Mart in Harrisburg fails inspection; Facility must continue to cease and desist food operations until further notice

11 violations, Gulf Mart in Harrisburg fails inspection; Facility must continue to cease and desist food operations until further notice
  • Harrisburg, PA

    Gulf US Food Mart

    489 EISENHOWER BLVD
    Harrisburg, PA 17111
    (717) 579-2054

    The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/27/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Gulf US Food Mart was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 11 violations were found.

    The Department issued the following statement in the inspection report:

    This facility has stopped and must continue to cease and desist food operations until further notice. Facility does not  have proper equipment and ventilation for food items that were on the menu such as hamburgers, chicken wings, french fries, and mozzarella sticks. Discussed required set-ups and food safety. This facility is out of compliance. A follow-up inspection will occur. A warning letter will be issued.

    The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

    • The water temperature of the wash compartment of the manual ware washing equipment was 78°F, rather than not less than 110°F, as required.
    • Food facility is frying chicken wings without required ventilation.
    • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
    • Food Facility is selling hamburgers that were prepared in an unapproved private home.
    • Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid.
    • Observed a bowl in the hand washing sink indicating use other than hand washing.
    • Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.
    • Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration of chlorine bleach.
    • Food facility hot water heater is not producing enough hot water to supply hot water to hand sinks and ware-washing sinks at the time of this inspection. Hand washing sinks were reaching a temperature of only 78 F, rather than 100 F or higher, as required.
    • Observed rodent droppings inside cabinets in the store area, storing boxes of single-use items.
    • Observed chemicals stored directly above the three compartment sink while the sink was being used for food preparation of raw chicken.