Restaurant Inspection Finds Multiple Problems With Area Food Service Location
Restaurant inspections exist so as to protect the consumer, as well as the food and beverage provider. Lapses in proper sanitation and care can create environments where disease spreads, and unsafe working conditions can be hazardous to employees.
Each year, 48 million Americans become sick as a result of food-borne illness, and the majority of these cases stem from public food handling issues. Most states require that inspectors visit restaurants twice annually in order to write up a report, and to follow up on previous warnings. The majority of restaurants are cited for at least one violation. The severity of violations found impacts whether establishments need to pay fines, or get shut down.
American Legion Post 429 in Lancaster, PA was inspected this past June, and unfortunately, multiple violations were noted that could be potentially dangerous for consumers. Some of the violations were relatively innocuous, such as a can opener blade being too worn and in need of replacement. Many of the cited issues, however, were fairly serious. Cheese, tuna and salad dressing was stored 10 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the maximum temperature allowed — creating a potential breeding ground for bacteria.
Additional inspection issues included reusing single-use plastic containers, leaking condensation that could potentially contaminate work areas, and drink sieves being stored over the hand-washing sink. The inspection noted that the linoleum floor had been ripped, and the underlying was wood was exposed.
Food service areas and restaurants looking for a reliable floor should consider synthetic rubber flooring. Rubber is tough against wear and tear, but also easy to clean and disinfect — important qualities for a food preparation environment. Rubber floor cleaning products should be used on these floors since they can become damaged by other types of floor cleaners. Cleaning rubber flooring often takes much less time than it would for tile or other types of floors, since there is no grouting. These floors can last for 20 years or longer, making them a good choice for budget concerns as well.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture says it uses a “risk based” inspection reporting process for the food handlers and restaurants it reviews, and it has not yet stated what American Legion will need to do as a result of the inspection.