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

York’s El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant hit with 19 inspection violations; “coats, purses etc. stored on shelving and in direct contact with food equipment and foods”

York’s El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant hit with 19 inspection violations; “coats, purses etc. stored on shelving and in direct contact with food equipment and foods”

York, PA

El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant

724 Loucks RD
YORK, PA 17404

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/10/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 18 violations were found.

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

  • Food in the walk-in cooling unit and prep table areas stored open with no covering. Tortillas observed stored uncovered.
  • Scoop being stored in ice cream with handle touching the ice cream.
  • Observed food stored directly on the floor in walk-in area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.
  • Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil. Observed accumulation of grease and food debris under the cooking equipment and hot holding unit.
  • Outer areas of the microwave is dirty to sight and touch. Observed the drip tray dirty at the American Range stove. Outer areas of the salt shakers are dirty at the seating tables. Area around the frozen cocktails is dirty to sight and touch. Outer areas of dry storage containers are dirty to sight and touch.
  • Food employee observed storing clean food equipment while wet, and not allowing time for draining and/or air-drying.
  • Lights are not shielded or shatterproof in the walk-in cooling unit area.
  • Food employees observed in kitchen area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers.
  • Observed a dirty knife stored on a magnetic strip in the kitchen area.
  • Observed single-service, single-use articles stored in storage area directly on the floor, and not 6 inches above the floor.
  • Single-service, single-use articles stored not inverted.
  • Cleaned and sanitized utensils located in kitchen area, are stored with food contact surfaces / food or lip area exposed to hand contact when retrieved by food employees.
  • Trash receptacles within the food facility that are not in immediate use are not covered properly at the hand wash area.
  • No label provided on chemical bottle at ware washing area.
  • Employee personal items were observed in dry storage rack area, and not stored in dressing rooms or identified storage area as required.
  • Old food residue observed in the hand wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing.
  • Observed dirty floor areas in the walk-in cooling unit. Observed at the seating area tables, hanging chains to lighting over the tables has accumulation of static dust.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Plastic grocery bags observed being used to store food items.
  • Observed employee personal items such as coats, purses etc. stored on shelving and in direct contact with food equipment and foods.
  • Ceiling tiles damaged in the storage area, and need replaced.