Lancaster’s Ploy Thai Kitchen, 19 violations in food code inspection, Colon Cleanser stored…stored on a shelf with food and food equipment

Lancaster’s Ploy Thai Kitchen, 19 violations in food code inspection, Colon Cleanser stored…stored on a shelf with food and food equipment

Lancaster, PA


Retail Food Inspection Report Conducted March 15, 2019

486 ROYER DR STE 101
Lancaster, PA 17601

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services visited the Ploy Thai Kitchen in Lancaster on March 15, 2019, citing the restaurant for 19 violation of the Pennsylvania Food Code. As a result the restaurant was found to be, “Out of Compliance” and will require a follow-up inspection in coming days.

Google reviewers rate the Thai restaurant with an average of 4.7 out of a possible 5 stars based on 67 reviews. Visitors to the eatery’s Facebook page offer even more praise with an average of 49.5 out of 5 starts based on 48 reviews.

Comments made in support of the violations in the inspector’s report included:

  • Food Employees eating in the food preparation area as evidenced by observed partially consumed food on a table with customer food.
  • The Food Facility is not properly washing/rinsing/sanitizing food equipment. Observed an employee washing and rinsing food equipment without a proper sanitizing step.
  • Observed large chunks of old food residue in flour being used for chicken. The flour is not being sifted every 4 hours or refrigerated as required.
  • Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration of Quaternary ammonia.
  • Employees are unable to properly wash their hand, the hot water for hand washing is turned off at the hand-wash sink in the wait-station.
  • Old food residue and ice observed in the hand-wash sink in the kitchen, indicating uses other than hand washing.
  • Old food residue, dishes and utensils observed in the hand-wash sink in the wait-station, indicating uses other than hand washing.
  • Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – observed the hot water leaking at the faucet of the hand-wash sink in the wait-station.
  • The outside grease receptacle (shared by others in the complex) is filthy and a possible attractant to rodents.
  • Observed trash, broken pallets, milk crates, debris, and garbage on the ground in the dumpster corral. The dumpster is shared by other facilities in the complex.
  • Working container in dish washing area, used for storing cleaners taken from bulk supplies, was not marked with the common name of the chemical.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Food dispensing utensil (tongs) in sliced carrots, observed stored in the food and not above the top of the food and the container.
  • Scoop being stored in the ice cooler with handle touching the ice.
  • Observed clean food equipment on storage racks, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).
  • Customer self-service single-use tableware is not displayed in a manner so that only the handles are touched by customers.
  • Observed cardboard and newspapers, not easily cleanable, being used to line shelves and tables in the food preparation area.
  • Food facility is using single-service containers in bulk foods rather than a scoop with a handle.
  • Observed in the wait-station, several children’s items, a child’s table, clothing, food, sleeping clothing, and toys.
  • Food employee (CFM) observed preparing food, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers.
  • Observed single-service items (to-go containers and lids) stored with food contact surface exposed.
  • Employee personal items, (vitamin C, CoQ-10, Colon Cleanser, eye relief, Tums, tooth-paste and tooth brushes) were observed in the wait station, stored on a shelf with food and food equipment, and not stored in dressing rooms or identified storage area as required.




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