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

Basement sewage pipe leaking, 24 violations, for US Diner in York following complaint to state

Basement sewage pipe leaking, 24 violations, for US Diner in York  following complaint to state

York, PA

US 30 DINER IN YORK, PA

4320 W MARKET ST
York, PA 17408
717-793-9889

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 31, 2019 responding to a complaint from the public. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the US 30 DINER in York was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 24 violations were found.

The Department visited the US Diner on October 3, 2019, finding 19 violations, also, determining the restaurant to be, “Out of Compliance.” A follow-up visit October 10, 2019 found 7 violations but the violations were a lower level meaning the restaurant was found, “In Compliance.”

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

  • Food facility is not removing dead insects(ants) from control devices and area around.
  • Refrigerated ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food prep and walk-in units, is not being date marked.
  • Food facility is using duct tape to repair downstairs sewage piping leak, which is not an approved material.
  • Observed sewage back-up within downstairs basement piping system at the time of inspection.
  • Large accumulation of standing water on the floor and held in buckets at the time of inspection.
  • Observed cooked bacon stored on bottom shelving of grill with cleaner and no covering at the time of inspection.
  • Floor tiles within the kitchen area is cracked / roughened / missing and is not a smooth, easily cleanable surface at the time of inspection.
  • Cooking equipment(fryers, stove-top and grill), in the kitchen area, with encrusted grease and soil accumulation and in need of cleaning at this time.
  • Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – observed downstairs sewage piping leaking at the time of inspection and in need of immediate repair.
  • Basement glass window having numerous holes(6) open and unscreened, and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
  • Observed the entire area of the food facility is extremely dirty with old food, trash and dirt debris and in need of immediate cleaning at this time.
  • Rear delivery door located in the rear area of the food facility has a gap at the bottom area and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Time in lieu of temperature being used as a control for potentially hazardous foods(Half and Half), milk containers observed being held for more than 4 hours at the time of inspection.
  • Observed loose or broken door hinges on desert display case.
  • Dicer and slicer, a food contact surface, was observed to have old Food residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • Utensils was observed to have old food residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • Observed entire inside area of microwave unit, a food contact surface, having old food residue and caked on food debris and was not clean to sight and touch at the time of inspection.
  • Food facility doesn’t have a manager/employee who occupies the food facility with a food safety certification(ServSafe) at the time of inspection. Facility has ninety(90) days to obtain or register with a food safety certification course.
  • Wall behind ice machine has an large hole and broken and in need of repair.
  • Observed basement floor drain missing covering exposing open drain at the time of inspection.
  • Food employee observed in kitchen area, with soiled outer garments that may contaminate food and/or food equipment
  • Floor transport cart, located in rear delivery area stored on-top of large bag of onions at the time of inspection.
  • Numerous food items stored in refrigerator units and walk-in cooler open with no covering.
  • Observed boxes of food stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.
  • Numerous pots and utensils, a food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude large accumulation of dirt, old food and soil.
  • Observed food prep table surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude large accumulation of old food, dirt and soil.
  • Old unused equipment stored in dishroom and basement areas, should be removed from food facility.
  • Observed personal care item(Person in charge’s medication) located on shelving unit with food.
  • Observed working containers used for storing cleaning chemicals, cleaners taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical.
  • Observed dog leash as evidence, indicating the presence of a live animal(dog) on the premise of the food facility. PIC acknowledged that he brings animal into rear area of food facility.

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Don Shaw

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