By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

Great Wall Restaurant in York, most August violations in Pennsylvania, in food inspection, 24 total, insecticide Raid ant and roach killer in the three basin sink area

Great Wall Restaurant in York, most August violations in Pennsylvania, in food inspection, 24 total, insecticide Raid ant and roach killer in the three basin sink area



Retail Food Inspection Report Conducted August 20, 2019

Great Wall Restaurant

Crossroad Shopping Center
YORK, PA 17404
(717) 843-9933

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services paid a visit to the Great Wall Restaurant in the Crossroad Shopping Center in York for an annual unannounced retail food inspection. The inspector issued a report citing the Chinese restaurant for 24 violations of food safety regulations, the most of any restaurant during the month of August in Pennsylvania.

The inspector made the following remarks in support of the violations found:

  • An employee’s beverage container screw cap variety was observed on the bain marie, a food preparation area.
  • Cutting blade of table mounted can opener was observed to have filth and food residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • Observed wet wiping cloths in all areas of food preparation and kitchen, not being stored in sanitizer solution.
  • Observed raw, cooked, and dry foods unprotected in three basin sink area which is subject to potential contamination.
  • Foods stored in dirty dish pans not approved for contact with food. Single use cans are being reused as food containers.
  • Refrigerated ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food prepared in the food facility such as egg rolls, breaded fried chicken etc and held for more than 24 hours, located in the walk in cooler, is not being date marked.
  • Rice cooking equipment / pans, in the kitchen area, with encrusted grease and soil accumulation.
  • Cooking/storage/preparation equipment, in all areas, with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces.
  • Old food residue and cleaning supplies observed in the hand wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing.
  • Walk in cooler condensation hose draining into a three gallon bucket that is filled with dirty, slimy stagnant water.
  • Screened door to the outside, located in the rear area of the food facility is not self-closing and/or is being propped open.
  • Observed cardboard boxes and plastic trash thrown outside back screen door and not disposed of properly.
  • Floors and walls under and behind all equipment in food facility is extremely dirty, dusty, encrusted with grease and food debris.
  • Observed insecticide Raid ant and roach killer in the three basin sink area, not labeled by the manufacturer as approved for use in a food facility.
  • Many foods in the packed walk in cooler area stored open with no covering.
  • Raw chicken and raw shell eggs are stored above raw shrimp and beef in the walk in cooler.
  • Several raw animal foods were stored above ready to eat foods such as sauces, vegetables etc in the walk in cooler.
  • Open bags of bulk dry ingredients stored in an extremely unclean area, directly under insect webbing and a crumbling wall to left of the rear exit door.
  • Bags of bulk dry foods stored directly on the floor in customer seating area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.
  • Observed bus pan of raw meat stored directly on the floor under the wok cooker, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.
  • Dishpan holding approximately five pounds of breaded and cooked chicken was held at 92°F, on a preparation table beside the wok station, rather than 41°F or below as required. Large strainer holding cooked/fried rice 87°F observed directly on a barrel in the wok area. Strainer of cooked noodles 87°F on a table next to the three basin sink. Foods were discarded and denatured. Approximate weight 16 lb and value $30 provided by manager.
  • Manual warewashing equipment observed with build up of filth and food residue and not cleaned before use, and frequently throughout the day.
  • Shelving, equipment, walls, floors, ceiling, equipment door handles, refrigeration/freezer interior and gaskets, walk in cooler shelving, floors, and all other non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil.
  • Non-food contact surfaces of food storage containers are not being cleaned to remove visible food and dirt prior to reuse.
  • Uncovered stainless steel vat of filthy liquid observed in water heater room.
  • The Person in Charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of the PA Food Code as evidenced by incorrect responses to food safety questions related to proper/safe storage and temperature of foods.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Exposed food preparation observed in three basin sink area under insect webbing, dirty walls and ceiling within three feet of propped open screen door and subject to potential contamination.
  • Time in lieu of temperature being used as a control for potentially hazardous foods, but fried rice, breaded fried chicken and cooked noodles observed being held for more than 4 hours. Manager stated these items were removed from refrigeration at open and are returned to refrigeration after lunch. Foods are not timed or dated. Provided training again on proper storage of potentially hazardous foods.
  • Bottom of upright freezer is covered in frozen condensate and old food and is in need of defrost and cleaning.
  • Cooking equipment not being cleaned every 24 hrs.
  • Wall in the bulk dry food storage area, is deteriorating and crumbling and in need of repair.


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