By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

19 violations, moldy food not thrown away, washing utensils in dirty water, Lancaster’s Gran Sabor Restaurant fails 5th straight restaurant inspection

19 violations, moldy food not thrown away, washing utensils in dirty water, Lancaster’s Gran Sabor Restaurant fails 5th straight restaurant inspection

Lancaster, PA

Gran Sabor Latino in Lancaster

120 N Franklin ST
Lancaster, PA 17601

The City of Lancasster conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 22, 2019, following a complaint received about the restaurant. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Gran Sabor Latino in Lancaster was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 19 violations were found.

The Gran Sabor Latino in Lancaster has not passed one inspection since October 27, 2017, this being the fifth such inspection.

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.
  • Ready to eat foods were adulterated by mold and food facility did not discard as required by the PA Food Code.
  • Utensils were being cleaned in dirty water which was not changed at a frequency to keep water clean.
  • Mold like substance found in the cold food display.
  • Employees observed performing active food prep without gloves.
  • All food contact surfaces and equipment were observed to be dirty and were not clean to sight and touch. Facility is to be cleaned.
  • Observed leaking coolant pipe in walk-in freezer which may contaminate stored food.
  • Food facility does not have a food thermometer to check temperatures of the food. No temperature logs are kept.
  • No paper towels or trash can at the hand wash sink in the hot food area.
  • Observed oil on floor under and around the fryer equipment in the food prep area.
  • Observed single-service, single-use articles not stored so that only the handles are touched by employees and customers.
  • Food Employee cell phones observed in the food prep and food storage areas.
  • Open employee beverage containers were observed in the food prep and storage areas. Repeat violation.
  • Food Employees partially consumed food located in the walk-in refrigerator area.
  • Observed employee medication stored in food prep area.
  • Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 48 hours, located in the walk-in freezer and refrigeration, is not being date marked or labeled with the common name.
  • The hand wash sink in the food prep area was blocked and not accessible at all times for employee use.
  • A working container of lubricant was stored on the same shelf with food, in the food storage area.
  • Raw eggs were stored above ready to eat foods in the walk-in refrigerator.
  • Raw fish was stored above chicken in the walk-in freezer.
  • Observed used cooking oil stored on floor in food prep area.
  • Food stored directly on the floor in the walk-in freezer and refrigerator areas, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.
  • The ice maker, a food contact surface, was observed to have residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • Air vents over the hot food display, a non-food contact surface, is not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of static dust.
  • All non-food contact surfaces in the facility are to be cleaned and sanitized.
  • Women’s toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins.
  • Floor tiles in the walk-in refrigerator area are missing and are not durable, smooth, non-porous, or non-absorbent. Repeat violation.



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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.