By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

Maggots in cooler bin with towels and aprons, Sensenig’s Meats in Hanover on Cannery Road fails state inspection

Maggots in cooler bin with towels and aprons, Sensenig’s Meats in Hanover on Cannery Road fails state inspection

Hanover, PA


Sensenig’s Meats in Hanover on Cannery Road

6999 Cannery RD

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 3, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Sensenig’s Meats in Hanover on Cannery Road was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. The state cited the restaurant for 17 violations.

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

  • The Person in Charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Observed flies and drain flies throughout facility and storage areas.
  • Maggots in cooler bin with towels and aprons in washroom area.
  • Food facility is not removing dead or trapped drain flies from traps, as evidenced by observed old / decaying drain flies in pest control device in the walk-in refrigerator area.
  • Ice scoop stored on wall that was observed to have residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • Opened barbecue sauce labeled “Refrigerate after Opening”, was held at room temperature, in the store area, rather than 41°F or below as required.
  • Refrigerated ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 24 hours, located in the middle walk-in refrigerator, is not being date marked.
  • Back kitchen area, ceiling in butcher room, and box storage room is extremely dirty, dusty, and in need of cleaning.
  • Old unused equipment stored throughout facility and outside of facility, must be removed.
  • Observed deeply scored and discolored cutting boards in deli area not resurfaced or discarded as required.
  • Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – observed blue hose leaking at the 3-bay sink, hand sink in deli area faucet leaking, pipe under butcher area hand sink leaking.
  • Pipe located under hand sink in butcher area that is not in use, should be closed.
  • Condenser in middle walk-in refrigerator observed to be leaking.
  • Hole in wall in right walk-in refrigerator.
  • Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the outdoor walk-in freezer.
  • Ceiling within left walk-in refrigerator not in good repair.
  • Ice build up in outside walk-in freezer.
  • Floor within seafood walk-in freezer observed with an accumulation of debris.
  • Ceiling in left walk-in refrigerator observed with an accumulation of static dust.
  • Clean food equipment in washroom, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).
  • Clean food storage equipment, stored in washroom directly on the floor, and not 6 inches above the floor. (COS)
  • Food containers stored in washroom to be cracked or damaged and no longer in good repair.
  • Smoker racks stored directly on the ground outside, not 6 inches above the ground.
  • No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sinks throughout facility to remind food employees to wash their hands.
  • Spray bottle containers, throughout facility, are not labeled with the common name of the item.
  • Egg cartons not marked with egg lay date.
  • Roof is leaking water in back kitchen area, and is in need of repair.

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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.



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Don Shaw

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