By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

16 violations, Hippo Bubble Tea in Lancaster blows state food safety inspection, food equipment being stored in employee restroom

16 violations, Hippo Bubble Tea in Lancaster blows state food safety inspection, food equipment being stored in employee restroom

Lancaster, PA


Hippo Bubble Tea and Juice in Lancaster

Lancaster, PA 17601

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on September 27, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Hippo Bubble Tea and Juice was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. Inspectors hit the restaurant with 16 violations at this annual inspection. It also failed the opening inspection last year.

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

  • Observed food equipment being stored in the employee restroom.
  • Cleaning agents, sanitizers used to clean, sanitize equipment and utensils are not available for use during all hours of operation.
  • Cleaner, sanitizer not available for food utensils and equipment.
  • Food Employee did not follow proper hand washing procedure. Soap and warm water not used.
  • Soap was not available at the hand-wash sink in the front service area.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Women’s toilet rooms are not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins.
  • Food employee observed preparing food, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats.
  • Food utensils in the front service area observed stored in a container of water which is not maintained at 135°F.
  • Milk was held at 45°F, in the small cooling unit, rather than 41°F or below as required.
  • Observed aluminum foil, not cleanable, being used as a back splash.
  • Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available in the two small cooling units.
  • Observed single-service, single-use articles (cups, straws, lids) stored in the back and under the cabinets in the front, directly on the floor, and not 6 inches above the floor.
  • No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the employee restroom to remind food employees to wash their hands.
  • Observed a substantial amount of static dust on the air-intake grid in the customer area.
  • Mops are not being hung to air dry.



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There are over 26,000 eating and drinking establishments in Pennsylvania, and thousands more convenience stores,  grocery stores and schools required to be inspected by the Department of Agriculture and, in some cases, local government entities at least once a year. Out of more than 2,000 inspections each month only about 150 are found to be, “Out of Compliance.”

Violations leading to the Out of Compliance designation are more critical violations. Establishments can score a number of lower level violations without achieving the Out of Compliance designation.

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Don Shaw

Don Shaw journalist covering local news for The Pennsylvania Chronicle (717) 461-2107