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

Rodent infestation: Tri-Valley High School “out of compliance” following state food safety inspection

Rodent infestation: Tri-Valley High School “out of compliance” following state food safety inspection

Hegins, PA

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on September 10, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due the severity of the specific violations the Tri-Valley High School in Hegins was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations.

The inspector reported the dry storage area of facility was observed to have areas of active rodent activity as evident from the following observations:

  • Rodent like droppings and gnaw-like marks located on packages of gravy mix (inside cardboard box)
  • Gnaw marks located on a package and on hamburger bun of bulk container of rolls/buns.
  • Gnaw marks/rodent-like droppings on small packages of tartar sauces (in their appropriate cardboard bulk box).

Authorities say all foods/containers as described were determined to be adulterated and were voluntarily discarded at time of inspection.

Additionally, the school’s kitchen was cited for a window ledge located above 3-bay sink was observed to have excessive accumulations of dust, dirt, and extraneous debris.

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Don Shaw

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