Food Poisoning Lawyer: York County Provides Insight into Common Food-Borne Illness Issues

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Food Poisoning Lawyer: York County Provides Insight into Common Food-Borne Illness Issues

Food Poisoning Lawyer: York County
  • Tony Coveny | May 6, 2019

Food Poisoning Lawyer: York County restaurant inspections reveal common food safety issues

Inspections conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture revealed a number of food safety violations among restaurants in York County. Lack of proper food handling protocol and employee hygiene procedures are often cited in inspections of restaurants and other food preparation facilities. These issues can result in food contamination, when bacteria such as salmonella, e. coli, or listeria develop. Contaminated food can cause serious illnesses and even death among restaurant patrons.

The York County inspections found numerous violations in restaurants across York County. The greatest number of issues occurred at China Café in New Cumberland, Parma Pizza & Grill in Dallastown, and China One in Manchester.

Violations at China One included:

  • Rusty shelving inside the walk-in refrigerator.
  • Food-contact surfaces not clean.
  • Sheet pans, colanders and plastic pans being stored as clean on shelving above the three-basin sink with raw chicken debris still adhered to surfaces.
  • Employees cutting raw chicken and storing the cut chicken directly on the floor in uncovered cardboard boxes the food was received.
  • Employees cutting raw chicken and storing the cut chicken directly on the floor in uncovered cardboard boxes the food was received.
  • Old stained cardboard being used to line shelving underneath a preparation table in the kitchen.

At China Café, inspectors found:

  • Raw chicken being held at 50.1 F, in the reach-in cooler on make-line, rather than 41 F or below as required.
  • Food employee did not follow proper hand-washing procedure.
  • Food employee observed changing tasks being between, pealing raw shrimp and making ready-to-eat food, that may have contaminated hands without a proper hand-wash in-between.
  • Person-in-charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of the PA Food Code as evidenced by incorrect responses to food safety questions.
  • An accumulation of old-food debris on all shelves in the walk-in cooler.

Parma Pizza & Grill violations included:

  • Improper cold holding.
  • Employees with full beards involved in food preparation and ware-washing without wearing a beard cover as required.
  • A gross accumulation of a black mold-like growth inside the fountain soda dispensing nozzles in the dining room.
  • Raw ground beef stored directly on top of cooked bacon inside the walk-in freezer that was operating with an ambient air temperature of 33 F and every food item stored in this unit was completely thawed.

For more information about food borne illness, contact the food poisoning lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates at 1-888-335-4901.

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