By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

17 violations, Mechanicsburg Wendy’s botches state restaurant inspection, webbing hanging in the hood unit above the fryers

17 violations, Mechanicsburg Wendy’s botches state restaurant inspection, webbing hanging in the hood unit above the fryers

Mechanicsburg, PA;

Mechanicsburg Wendy’s Restaurant

5235 Simpson Ferry Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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 Wendy’s on Simpson Ferry Road in Mechanicsburg was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations after being cited for 17 violations.

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

  • Observed webbing hanging in the hood unit above the fryers.
  •  Grill cleaner packet was stored on the hamburger cooler.
  • Observed a cell phone on the burger prep line and the employee touching the phone with gloves.
  • Facility has no paper towels for hand wash sinks.
  • The Person in Charge does not demonstrate adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Residue on the racks in the walk-in cooler.
  • Cheese crumbles, a refrigerated ready to eat time/temperature control for safety food, in the walk-in cooler area, was not compliant with date marking by being labeled with a discard or use by date of no more than 7 days, and requires discarding. (Was dated discard 8/22)
  • An open employee’s beverage container was observed on the hamburger cooler.
  • Observed an employee use a cup to scoop ice instead of using the scoop. Potential hand contact with ice.
  • Observed a large accumulation of frozen condensate in the walk-in freezer on shelving and boxes of food.
  • Paper towels are not being used to properly wash hands.
  • Observed a food container lid in the hand wash sink near the 3-bay sink.
  • Accumulation of food debris on the floor in the walk-in freezer.
  • Observed an accumulation of food debris on the floor throughout the kitchen, under the ice machine, and in the walk-in cooler.
  • Observed an accumulation of static dust in the ceiling vents in the back of the kitchen.
  • Floor grout throughout the kitchen is deeply worn allowing food and water to accumulate between tiles.
  • Observed a food employee wearing a bracelet with money strapped to it.
  • Observed an employee touch raw hamburger and not properly wash hands before changing tasks. No soap or paper towels were used.
  • Boxes of food in the walk-in cooler stored directly on the floor, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required.



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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.