The state's Department of Agriculture conducts yearly inspections of food-serving establishments 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 for inspections conducted Aug. 29 to Sept. 5.


Pizza Al Bacio, 336 N. Main St., New Salem.

Action: Violations included food handlers touching ready-to-eat foods with their bare hands; a squirt bottle containing chemicals was not properly labeled; handwash sink in the back area was blocked by a mop bucket and not accessible at all times for employee use; employee's open beverage container was observed in food preparation area; hot water not available at a hand sink; food handlers were not wearing hair restraints; in-use knives not stored in easily-cleanable area; scoop was stored in ice machine with handle touching ice; food employee was wearing single-use gloves without washing hands; time was used instead of temperature to control ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous foods; microwave and can opener contained food residue; no sanitizer solution was in wiping-cloth bucket; empty paper towel dispenser at handwash sink.


Comment: A manager said violations have been corrected.


Browns Orchards & Family Market Inc., 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville.

North Hopewell-Winterstown Fire Co., 12246 Winterstown Road, Winterstown.


American Grocery Mart, 451 E. Philadelphia St. Score: 98

Bair's Fried Chicken, 34 W. Philadelphia St. Score: 100

Bob's West End News, 639 W. Market St. Score: 100

Brewer's Outlet, 409 E. Philadelphia St. Score: 100

Dawg Gone Honey Bees Gifts, 34 W. Philadelphia St. Score: 100

Eliza's Deli & Grocery, 532 E. Market St. Score: 99

Just Cupcakes, 9 W. Philadelphia St. Score: 97

Lee's Food Market, 564 N. Pershing Ave. Score: 97

Myers Salads & Pastries, 34 W. Philadelphia St. Score: 100

San Miguel Grocery Mart, 452 S. Duke St. Score: 100