The state Department of Agriculture conducts annual inspections of food-serving businesses to ensure public safety and safe food-handling practices. Schools are inspected twice per year, according to the Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratories.

Whether an establishment is considered compliant or non-compliant is the discretion of the inspector. There are, however, several violations for which inspectors should automatically consider establishments non-compliant. Called "critical violations," they include food temperature issues, issues with chemicals and how they're handled, and employee hygiene.

Depending on the severity of the situation, inspectors and their supervisors could file citations or close an establishment.

Below is a list of establishments listed as out-of-compliance for inspections conducted Feb. 26 - March 6.


Parma Pizza and Grill, 1041 Haines Road, York.

Action: Violations included spray bottles of chemicals not properly labeled; a food employee without a hair restraint; food stored directly on the floor, rather than 6 inches off the ground as required; sauce not held at proper temperatures; raw wood, which is not easy to clean, was used as a wall frame; peg board used as a wall, which is not easy to clean; shelving was lined with cardboard; only one stopper available for all three sinks; two refrigeration units were not working; baine-marie door in need of repair; food residue on equipment door handles and interior of microwave; no sanitizer buckets; single-use, to-go items stored food side up; dishes being dried on a wet cloth; plumbing system not maintained in good repair; spray arm at three-bay sink needed replaced; old food residue in the handwash sink, indicating uses other than handwashing; walls in three-bay sink room were falling apart and accumulating a mold-type substance; lights were not shielded or shatterproof; dumpster lids were not kept closed; facility did not have enough outside grease receptacles, as evidenced by refuse and waste; intake/exhaust air ducts and surrounding ceiling tiles needed cleaned or filters changed because of dust and dirt being emitted into the air; no certified food employee as required.

Comment: A manager could not be reached.

Taco Bell, 1090 Carlisle St., Hanover.

Action: Violations included wiping cloth buckets not clearly labeled; hand-wash sign not posted at the hand sink; bag-in boxes subject to contamination; ice accumulation on the walls of the walk-in freezer; clean baskets stored in an unclean area; exposed wires from a cook unit was found above one fryer; a box stored above the carbonator tank; detached spot welds on a warming unit; quaternary ammonia concentration was not at proper levels; dry rice and multiple articles on the floor in the food-preparation and storage areas; utensils were touching the garbage bag of the trash can; single-use cups stored below a dusty fan unit; trash not removed at an appropriate frequency; plumbing system not maintained in good repair; holes—too numerous to count—above the triple-sink area; overhead hood above fryer area had accumulation of static grease; articles littered behind the oven units; caulking inside the hood was loose on both ends and could fall into food if not removed; light inside the walk-in freezer did not activate when switch turned on.

Comment: Manager Joseph Hess said all violations were corrected.


No restaurants were listed in compliance this week.