By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

Rodent activity, Dover Family Restaurant fails state restaurant inspection, 24 violations

Rodent activity, Dover Family Restaurant fails state restaurant inspection, 24 violations

Dover, PA


Dover Family Restaurant

Dover, PA 17315
(717) 292-6030

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 1, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Dover Family Restaurant was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. A total of 24 violations were cited. 

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

  • Food facility inspection indicates evidence of rodent activity in back wait station area, but facility does have a pest control program.
  • Food Employee did not follow proper hand washing procedure. Warm water not used.
  • No chemical sanitizer being used on knives after washing and rinsing them, and prior to use. Evidenced by knives being stored wet next to prep sink, while no sanitation was occurring during time of inspection.
  • Food stored within salad prep was held at 54°F, rather than 41°F or below as required. (COS)
  • Dessert (cakes) were held at 57°F, in the dessert refrigeration case, rather than 41°F or below as required. (COS)
  • Salad prep unit observed holding at 54F, rather then the required 41F.
  • Dessert case observed holding at 57F, rather then the required 41F.
  • Meat grinder, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • Mops / Brooms stored in ware wash area, with potential to contaminate food equipment and utensils.
  • Mechanical ware washing equipment (dishwasher) observed with build up of filth and food residue and not cleaned before use, and frequently throughout the day.
  • The hand wash sink does not have water at a temperature of at least 100°F. A temporary hand wash station was set up during time of inspection.
  • Observed raw beef stored over raw shell eggs and ready to eat food within left walk-in refrigerator. Observed raw shell eggs stored over ready to eat food in left walk-in refrigerator.
  • Refrigerated ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 24 hours, located throughout the facility, is not being date marked.
  • Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located throughout the facility, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened.
  • Observed deeply scored and discolored cutting board not resurfaced or discarded as required at prep table.
  • Cove base throughout facility damaged or missing.
  • Shelving equipment, in ware washing area, has non-food contact surfaces exposed to splash, spillage, or other food soiling, made of wood, an absorbent and rough material.
  • Condenser covers missing at bottom of 3-door refrigerator and 2-door freezer.
  • Milk dispensing nozzles not cut on a diagonal.
  • Hot water being worked on during time of inspection, no hot water provided at any sinks during time of inspection. (COS)
  • Food stored at both steam tables, stored uncovered.
  • Observed food stored directly on the floor in the left walk-in refrigerator, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.
  • Light shield in prep area to be damaged. Observed light shield in cook area to be displaced.
  • Observed ceiling tiles with water damage throughout kitchen area.
  • Back of 1-door freezer observed with an accumulation of static dust.
  • Knife storage container next to 1-bay sink observed with residue on non-food contact surfaces and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • Observed cooking equipment throughout facility, with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces.
  • Outside of food containers observed with food residue and debris and were not cleaned to sight and touch.
  • Observed food equipment stored with food debris and residue and were not clean to sight and touch.
  • Clean food equipment in ware washing area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).
  • Observed outdoor waste receptacle lid left open.



If you have concerns about a restaurant, grocery store or any, “retail food establishment” you can contact the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture when you click or tap now

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.

About The Author

Don Shaw

Don Shaw journalist covering local news for The Pennsylvania Chronicle (717) 461-2107