Lancaster Wendy’s inspection; “Extreme amount of gnats throughout the facility, on walls, beneath flat grills, in drains, in restrooms, and on equipment”

Lancaster Wendy’s inspection; “Extreme amount of gnats throughout the facility, on walls, beneath flat grills, in drains, in restrooms, and on equipment”
Lancaster, PA

Wendy’s

1117 HARRISBURG AVE
LANCASTER, PA 17603

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 6/18/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Wendy’s was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 11 violations were found.

The restaurant has now failed to be “In Compliance” for each of the last three annual inspections according to Department of Agriculture records:

Most Recent Inspection Inspection Type In Compliance
02/07/2020 Complaint In
06/24/2019 Follow-up In Violation(s) 5
06/12/2019 Regular Out Violation(s) 15
01/17/2019 Complaint In Violation(s) 1
11/02/2018 Emergency Response In
06/27/2018 Follow-up In Violation(s) 1
06/12/2018 Regular Out Violation(s) 14

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

  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Observed an extreme amount of gnats throughout the facility, on walls, beneath flat grills, in drains, in restrooms, and on equipment.
  • Observed a slimy residue beneath the lemonade machine and where the cup sits on the machine.
  • Old food splatter inside the microwave in the back. Observed a mildew and old food residue on the shelf in the walk-in cooler for thawing items.
  • Observed old grease and build-up on these areas: behind the fryers, between the fryer and flat grill, and on the floor behind the fryers.
  • Observed a gross amount of trash, food debris, water, and gnats beneath the flat grill on the same side as the drive-through window. Observed trash and food debris in these areas: behind the soda machine, 3 trays of cooked bacon and debris on the floor behind the stove, food and trash beneath the two Turbo-air freezers, trash and black slime and gnats in both drains under the 3 compartment sink.
  • Clean food equipment in the dish washing area on a rack, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting*).
  • Observed a green scouring pad in the hand-wash sink in the back.
  • The sliding door of the outside dumpster was left open at the time of this inspection.
  • A working bottle of cleaner stored on top of food equipment in the front food processing area. Observed a bottle of graffiti remover stored above the bank of sodas and soda lines across. Observed a bottle of degreaser stored on the table with food equipment in the back. Observed a bottle of sanitizer stored with single-service straws under the cabinet in the customer area.
  • Observed food residue in metal food containers stored on the clean equipment rack.
  • Soap was not available at the hand-wash sink in the front area.
  • Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand-wash sinks in the front and the back food processing area.

*Wet nesting refers to the practice of placing two recently-washed items together in a nested fashion, preventing proper airflow. In a moist, dark, low-air environment, unseen bacteria grows unchecked, and suddenly that mixing bowl is a biological incident waiting to happen. Even at high temperatures, the food or ingredients you place on that wet-nested kitchen equipment can act as an accidental insulator, or even as fuel for further bacterial growth.