Salad Works in Lancaster fouls inspection; old, hardened food on the blade and inner rim of the slicer, pink, slimy residue on the deflector plate of the ice maker

Salad Works in Lancaster fouls inspection; old, hardened food on the blade and inner rim of the slicer, pink, slimy residue on the deflector plate of the ice maker

Lancaster, PA

Saladworks

584 CENTERVILLE RD
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-989-8327

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on January 30, 2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Salad Works in Lanacster was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 11 violations were found.

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

  • Observed large plastic containers stored on the rack, greasy on the inside and not clean to sight and touch.
  • Old, hardened food on the blade and inner rim of the slicer. Observed old food residue inside the lettuce chopper and the dicer. Observed a pink, slimy residue on the deflector plate of the ice maker. Observed a black residue up inside the ice maker.
  • Lobster bisque was held at 120°F, in the service area, rather than 135°F or above as required. Several units were observed by the manager to be turned off, however, soup was still being offered.
  • Observed the plastic coating on plastic sheets for shelving, peeling and tattered and no longer smooth and easily cleanable.
  • The hand-wash sink in the back was blocked by large cart of bread and not accessible at all times for employee use.
  • The plumbing is leaking beneath the two bowl sink in the back.
  • Observed a large container of detergent stored on a cart with plastic-ware.
  • The lettuce chopper and the dicer stored on top of the oven beneath dirty ventilation.
  • Observed static dust on the two air-intake vents in the hallway. Observed an accumulation of webbing at the wall / ceiling juncture throughout the back hallway up to the exit door.
    –The wall paper in the back hallway near the exit door is torn and tattered.
  • The floor grout at the 3 bowl sink is eroded and there is standing water in that area.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Observed clean food equipment (stainless-steel bowls) in service area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).*
  • The bain marie cooling unit and the panini maker are located beneath dirty ventilation subjecting food preparation to contamination.

* 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.