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

17 violations, Giant Foods in Lancaster blows state inspection, no soap at hand sink, hot water not hot enough, bug zapper above sprinkles

17 violations, Giant Foods in Lancaster blows state inspection, no soap at hand sink, hot water not hot enough, bug zapper above sprinkles

Lanacster, PA

Giant Food Store in Lancaster

1360 COLUMBIA  AVE
LANCASTER, PA 17603
717-291-9678

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on November 15, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Giant Food Store in Lancaster was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 17 violations were found.

The popular grocery store in Lancaster failed a similar inspection on November 18, 2018, last year only months earlier passing its opening inspection in May 2018 with no violations. A follow-up inspection to the failed November 2019 inspection found no violations on November 30, 2019.

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

  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • BAKERY DEPARTMENT – observed containers of sprinkles being stored directly beneath the bug zapper on the back shelf.
  • PRODUCE DEPARTMENT – The hot water used for sanitizing in the mechanical ware washing machine did not reach 180°F.
  • DELI DEPARTMENT – observed a caustic cleaner stored with food equipment (bowls, dishes) on a shelf.
  • MEAT DEPARTMENT – Soap was not available at the hand-wash sink, the dispenser is broken off of the wall and laying on the 3 compartment sink.
  • DELI DEPARTMENT AND SEAFOOD DEPARTMENT – The hand-wash sinks do not have single use towels, continuous towels, or air drying device. There are boxes of paper towels that are not stored in convenient locations of the hand-wash sinks.
  • BAKERY DEPARTMENT – observed a working container of sanitizer stored with bread on the shelf.
  • SEAFOOD DEPARTMENT – observed spray sanitizers stored on a shelf in the walk-in cooler with aluminum trays for food.
  • SEAFOOD DEPARTMENT – observed hand soap and a working container of sanitizer stored on top of a box with single-service sample cups. Observed a working container of sanitizer stored hanging on a shelf over food utensils.
  • DELI DEPARTMENT – observed a working container of sanitizer stored with food equipment in the slicing area.
  • DELI DEPARTMENT – Food Employee observed donning single use gloves without a prior hand wash.
  • DELI DEPARTMENT – Food Employee observed changing tasks that may have contaminated hands without a proper hand-wash in-between. Employee observed cleaning in the department with gloves on, taking an order from a customer and just changing gloves without washing first washing hands.
  • DELI DEPARTMENT – the red chute for tacos is cracked and no longer easily cleanable.
  • CHICKEN COOLER – observed a build-up of flour on the floor and the walls of the cooler.
  • BAKERY DEPARTMENT – the containers for storing food toppings (walnuts, sprinkles, etc.) are grimy.
  • DELI DEPARTMENT – observed a grease build-up on the floor beneath the fryers and on the sides of the fryers.
  • BAKERY DEPARTMENT and DAIRY – observed static dust on the fan guards of the walk-in cooler.
  • BAKERY DEPARTMENT – observed the blender for the mixer stored on the underside of a table that was stored upside down.
  • BAKERY DEPARTMENT – observed spray nozzles for sanitizers stored on the hand-wash sink. DELI DEPARTMENT – observed dirty gloves being stored on the hand-wash sink.
  • BAKERY DEPARTMENT – The hand-wash sink was blocked by pastry pans and a cart and not accessible at all times for employee use. DELI DEPARTMENT – The hand-wash sink was blocked by a trash can and not accessible at all times for employee use.
  • SEAFOOD DEPARTMENT – observed water leaking from beneath the sanitizer bowl of the 3 compartment sink.
  • WAREHOUSE – the bottom portion of the wall of the wash room is broken and splintered and no longer cleanable.
  • WAREHOUSE AND BAKERY – observed personal jackets and coats stored in a manner where single-service items can be contaminated. Jackets observed on top of loaves of bread in the warehouse.
  • BAKERY DEPARTMENT – Observed boxes of food stored directly on the floor, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.
  • SEAFOOD DEPARTMENT – The hand-wash sink does not have water at a temperature of at least 100°F. After operating the water for more than 5 minutes the temperature was 66 degrees F.

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Don Shaw

Don Shaw journalist covering local news for The Pennsylvania Chronicle (717) 461-2107 don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com