By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

15 violations for Applebee’s Lancaster; “Food facility extremely dirty,” milk other expired foods found and discarded during inspection

15 violations for Applebee’s Lancaster; “Food facility extremely dirty,” milk other expired foods found and discarded during inspection

Lancaster, PA



The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on December 9, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Applebee’s in Lancaster was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 15 violations were found.

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

  • An open employee’s beverage container was observed on the food prep table. Discarded.
  • The food facility is extremely dirty and is in need of cleaning.
  • The interior surfaces of the micro-wave oven had a dried food residue accumulation.
  • Outside trash area has an accumulation of trash bags and other items that are laying on the ground next to the compactor unit.
  • Several TCS foods* prepared in the facility were not discarded by the “discard” date on the label which was determined by the facility. Repeat.
  • Observed static dust accumulation on the walk-in cooler condensing unit fan covers.
  • Several base wall tiles missing along the wall of the walk-in freezer and walk-in cooler.
  • Observed 2 gallons of expired milk in the walk-in cooler, that was past the 5 days allowed to use for cooking or baking. Discarded.
  • Grease and food accumulation on the underside of the shelf above the hot food holding area on the cooking line.
  • Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – observed drain pipe leaking at the three compartment sink.
  • Working container of cleaning type chemical was stored on the food prep table. Corrected.
  • The Person-in-Charge is not performing the duties as required by the PA Food Code to actively manage food safety. Repeat.
  • Exposed food preparation observed in the food prep areas under dirty ventilation ducts, and subject to potential contamination.
  • Observed broken and missing floor tiles at the rear entry door. Repeat.

*Foods that need time and temperature control for safety—known as TCS foods—include milk and dairy products, eggs, meat (beef, pork, and lamb), poultry, fish, shellfish and crustaceans, baked potatoes, tofu or other soy protein, sprouts and sprout seeds, sliced melons, cut tomatoes, cut leafy greens, untreated garlic.

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Don Shaw

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