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

Soap not available at hand wash sink, Shady Maple Smorgasbord in Lancaster County bombs inspection,13 violations

Soap not available at hand wash sink, Shady Maple Smorgasbord in Lancaster County bombs inspection,13 violations

East Earl, PA

Shady Maple Smorgasbord in Lancaster County

129 TODDY DR
EAST EARL, PA 17519
717-354-8222

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on November 14, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Shady Maple Smorgasbord in Lancaster County was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 13 violations were found.

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

  • Food employees observed in candy shop area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats.
  • Soap was not available at the hand wash sink in the grill areas.
  • Assorted food contact surfaces, were observed to have food residue and were not clean to sight and touch, including ice machines, food container, and dispensers at drink stations, meat ball machine, meat grinder, food processor components.
  • Food employee observed donning single use gloves without a prior hand wash.
  • Food being stored and processed at sink that has not been cleaned and sanitized prior to being used as a preparation sink.
  • Pumpkin roll at front retail display was held at 51°F, rather than 41°F or below as required.
  • Food contact surfaces of a number of plastic containers were not smooth, easily cleanable and/or resistant to pitting, cracking or scratching.
  • Spillage on floor under bag soda racks.
  • No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sink in the grill areas to remind food employees to wash their hands.
  • Observed walk in cooler walls with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces.
  • Non-food contact surfaces, such as shelves, handles and pulls, not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil.
  • Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in kitchen area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).**
  • The hand wash sink in the grill areas does not have single use towels, continuous towels, or air drying device.

** Wet nesting refers to the practice of placing two recently-washed items together in a nested fashion, preventing proper airflow. In a moist, dark, low-air environment, unseen bacteria grows unchecked, and suddenly that mixing bowl is a biological incident waiting to happen. Even at high temperatures, the food or ingredients you place on that wet-nested kitchen equipment can act as an accidental insulator, or even as fuel for further bacterial growth.

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Don Shaw

Don Shaw journalist covering local news for The Pennsylvania Chronicle (717) 461-2107 don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com