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

26 violations found at Brothers International Foods in Lancaster following complaint from the public; Meat grinder, a food contact surface was observed to have food residue

26 violations found at Brothers International Foods in Lancaster following complaint from the public; Meat grinder, a food contact surface was observed to have food residue

Lancaster, PA

Brother’s International Foods

806 S Duke ST
Lancaster, PA 17602

The City of Lancaster conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/4/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Brother’s International Foods was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 26 violations were found.

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

  • The Person in Charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of the PA Food Code as evidenced by incorrect responses to food safety questions.
  • Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Food stored in the basement that was deemed ‘not good’ by the owner.
  • Raw chicken in the meat cooler stored open with no covering. Pork in reach-in freezer stored uncovered.
  • Cutting utensils found in basement work area, are not in good repair or condition.
  • Non-food contact surfaces notably floors throughout facility not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil especially meat area. Other non-food contact surfaces observed to be dusty and dirty.
  • Outdoor trash receptacles are not durable, cleanable, leak proof, and/or rodent and insect resistant.
  • Cracked, roughened floor tiles observed throughout facility not smooth and easily cleanable.
  • Outside door located in the basement area of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
  • Repair lighting that is inoperable throughout facility.
  • Clean-up and disinfection paper for Norovirus not available.
  • Observed wiping cloths in extremely unclean condition in meat cutting area.
  • Plumbing system not maintained in good repair. Observed evidence of leaking in basement.
  • Outside waste handling unit and storage area was extremely dirty, attracting insects and rodents.
  • Tongs used to dispense self-service baked good hanging on door and encrusted with dried food.
  • Observed rice stored directly on the floor in basement area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.
  • Three bowl sink area not clean and containing a bucket of dirty water.
  • Thermometers for ensuring proper food temperatures are not calibrated and/or functioning properly.
  • Lights are not shielded or shatterproof over meat area
  • Toilet room in basement observed to have mold. Bathroom in need of cleaning.
  • Unlabeled food in reach-in unit.
  • Meat grinder, a food contact surface was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. In addition, multiple food contact surfaces throughout facility were not clean to sight and touch.
  • Food facility operator failed to post an original, valid PDA Food Employee Certification in a location conspicuous to the consumer.
  • Perimeter walls/roof of the food facility does not protect from weather and entry of insects and rodents.
  • No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sink in the meat cutting area to remind food employees to wash their hands.
  • Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand wash sink in the meat cutting area.
  • Soap was not available at the hand wash sink in the meat cutting area.
  • Cracked soiled ceiling tiles throughout facility need to be replaced.
  • Old unused equipment stored in basement area, should be removed from food facility.
  • Unused equipment stored outside beside the building should be removed from food facility.
  • Potential rodent harborage areas on the exterior of the building perimeter observed in and around area of trash receptacles and rea of property due to meat bones and other trash scattered on the ground. receptacles.