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

Metro Diner in York bombs inspection, Walk-in refrigerator and freezer area is extremely dirty with trash and old food residue, 9 violations

Metro Diner in York bombs inspection, Walk-in refrigerator and freezer area is extremely dirty with trash and old food residue, 9 violations

York, PA

Metro Diner in York

360 TOWN CENTER DR
York, PA 17408
732-616-5019

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on December 16, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Metro Diner in York was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 9 violations were found.

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

  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Inside area of front area refrigerator unit soiled with an large accumulation of old food debris and liquid splash and in need of cleaning at this time.
  • Observed shelving area underneath grill is heavily soiled with old food, grease and trash debris and in need of cleaning
  • Rear area underneath lids/closures of Bain Marie unit soiled with old food splash and debris and in need of cleaning at this time.
  • Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in rear storage shelving, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting*).
  • No sanitizer solution flowing through mechanical ware washing sanitizer cycle. Solution displaying 0ppm instead of 50-100 ppm as required.
  • Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher was 0 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required.
  • Observed ceiling fans throughout the dining area having an large build-up of static dust accumulation and in need of cleaning at this time.
  • Fan grates within walk-in cooler having a large accumulation of static dust build-up.
  • Observed hood vents and suppression lines above stove/fryer/grill areas having a large accumulation of static dust and grease build-up at the time of inspection.
  • Numerous stainless steel pots, pans, slicer, and plates a food contact surface having old caked on food residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – observed water leaking at the three(3) compartment sink bottom closure area at the time of inspection. Stopper needs to be replaced.
  • Observed walk-in refrigerator and freezer area of the food facility is extremely dirty with trash and old food residue and in need of cleaning at this time.

* 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