By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

Small, flying insects, too numerous to count, around the drain and sink, Tobias S Frogg Restaurant in Lancaster slapped with 21 violations following state inspection

Small, flying insects, too numerous to count, around the drain and sink, Tobias S Frogg Restaurant in Lancaster slapped with 21 violations following state inspection

Lanacster, PA


Tobias S Frogg Restaurant in Lancaster

(717) 394-8366

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted a retail food inspection on October 1, 2019. The inspection occurred because of a change in ownership of the restaurant . As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Tobias S Frogg Restaurant was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. A total of 21 violations were cited against the restaurant. It’s notable this inspection was not unannounced as it the restaurant is required to notify the Department of Agriculture of the change in ownership.

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.
  • Small, flying insects, too numerous to count, around the drain and sink at the inside bar. The facility has pest control
  • Substantial amount of a pink, black, and tan, slimy residue on the deflector plates and up inside both ice makers.
  • Old food residue on the can opener blade.
  • Old food residue on the inner rim of the meat slicer.
  • Observed in-use knives stored between a table edge and bain marie, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized.
  • Scoop being stored in the ice machine with handle touching the ice.
  • Ice scoops being stored in a container that was not clean.
  • Soap was not available at the hand-wash sink located in the outside bar.
  • Ice from customer drinks in the designated hand-wash sink located in the outside bar, indicating uses other than hand washing.
  • Two containers of brown rice, a refrigerated, ready to eat time temperature control for safety food in the walk-in cooler, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7 day use or sell by date and requires discarding.
  • Observed static dust on two portable fans, one near the salad bain marie, the other in the dish washing room.
  • Grease and burnt food debris observed on the catch-trays of the stoves.
  • Observed food tongs stored in a container of sanitizer rather than on a dry, clean, surface.
  • No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sink to remind food employees to wash their hands.
  • Observed a bag of corn and other containers of food stored directly on the floor in both walk-in coolers, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.
  • Observed soups placed hot in the walk-in cooler in containers greater than 4 inches deep, which is not a proper cooling method.
  • Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand-wash sink located in the outside bar.
  • Working containers in the food preparation area, used for storing cleaners taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical.
  • Observed soup and cooked beans stored beneath raw scallops, raw pork chops, and raw beef in the walk-in cooler.
  • Deeply scored cutting boards in both bars not resurfaced or discarded as required.
  • Accumulation of grease and food debris on the floor and wheel castors beneath the fryers and the cook line.
  • Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – observed water leaking from beneath the bowl of the hand-wash in the women’s room.
  • Soups were held at 91 and 92°F, in the steam table, rather than 135°F or above as required.
  • The inner part of the lid of the bain marie is separating and being held together with duct tape which is not an approved material.
  • Dust and filth observed on the top of the mechanical dish washer.
  • Observed an open container of scouring powder stored on the same shelf next to boxed wine.
  • Working spray bottle and large container of sanitizer was stored on the same shelf with food wrapping paper. Observed a working container of sanitizer stored on the same shelf with spaghetti.



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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.