By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

Pink and black residue up inside the ice maker, Panera Bread in Lancaster fails restaurant inspection, 9 violations found

Pink and black residue up inside the ice maker, Panera Bread in Lancaster fails restaurant inspection, 9 violations found

Lancaster, PA


Panera Bread in Lancaster on Fruitville Pile

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 4, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Panera Bread in Lancaster was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. The inspector cited Panera Bread with a total of 9 violations.

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

  • Utensils and plates being stored in close proximity to the hand-wash sink. Food equipment risks being contaminated with splash or water dripping from washed hands reaching for the paper towel dispenser.
  • Observed a pink and black residue up inside the ice maker.
  • Sliced turkey, sliced tomatoes, tuna salad, and chicken salad were held at 50-51°F, in the “make-table”, rather than 41°F or below as required. A call for repair was placed at the time of the inspection. TCS foods are not permitted to be held in the cooling unit until it holds a cold holding temperature of 41 degrees F. or colder.
  • Observed filth and debris on the top of the mechanical dishwasher.
  • The chlorine test strips for monitoring the sanitizer concentration of the low-temperature dishwasher expired on January 2019 and were no longer reactive.
  • Food employee observed involved in food preparation, wearing a watch.
  • Food employees observed involved in food preparation, not wearing a beard cover.
  • The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.
  • Ceiling tiles are missing from above the dishwasher and in the back hallway, and need to be replaced.



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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