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

Mold on cooler shelving, Olive Garden in Harrisburg blunders restaurant inspection, 7 violations

Mold on cooler shelving, Olive Garden in Harrisburg blunders restaurant inspection, 7 violations

Harrisburg, PA

 

Olive Garden in Harrisburg

5102 JONESTOWN RD
HARRISBURG, PA 17109
717-540-9904

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 23, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Olive Garden in Harrisburg was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of seven violations were cited during this inspection.

The restaurant was visited as recently as September 20, 2019, following a complaint by the public. No violations were found during that inspection.

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

  • Observed pizza fritas, meatballs, pizza cheese, and vegetable wraps with internal temperatures approximately 53-54 F, rather than 41 F or lower, as required. *
  • Observed areas of mold on metal shelving units in the walk-in cooler.
  • A bain marie cold holding unit in the grill area is maintaining an ambient temperature of approximately 53 F, rather than 41 F or lower, as required.*
  • Observed black mildew on ceiling vents in the grill area.
  • Accumulation of old food debris on the underside of a vegetable slicer in the kitchen area.
  • Observed single-use items not covered or inverted to protect against contamination.
  • Observed dish racks stored directly on the floor in the ware-wash area.
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* The temperature danger zone is food temperatures between 41 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit and the most rapid bacteria growth occurs between 70 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The longer food sits in this temperature range, the greater the risk that bacteria will begin to grow on food.

 

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