Golden Corral in Lebanon fails inspection; Employee observed eating returning to preparing food with contaminated hands, meat grinder, slicer, and other equipment not thoroughly cleaned to remove all food residue, 12 violations

Golden Corral in Lebanon fails inspection; Employee observed eating returning to preparing food with contaminated hands, meat grinder, slicer, and other equipment not thoroughly cleaned to remove all food residue, 12 violations

Lebanon, PA

Golden Corral Restaurant

1147 QUENTIN RD
LEBANON, PA 17042
717-274-1470

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on January 15, 2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Golden Corral Restaurant in Lebanon was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 12 violations were found.

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

  • Food Employee observed eating and then returning to preparing food with contaminated hands by not employing proper hand washing in-between.
  • An open employee’s beverage container was observed in preparation area.
  • Severely dented, distressed canned items observed in storage area and intended for use in the food facility.
  • Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil.
  • Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – observed water leaking at the hot water heater and furnace.
  • Greasy residue and food debris on floor under and around equipment in kitchen and dish area.
  • Food and food related items exposed to splash during hand washing at the grill area.
  • Meat grinder, slicer, and other equipment not thoroughly cleaned to remove all food residue and debris.
  • Many food containers observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch on the drying shelf and in other areas of the the facility.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Assorted refrigerated, ready to eat time temperature control for safety food in the prep area, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7 day use or sell by date and requires discarding.
  • Observed equipment, in prep area, with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces.
  • Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in drying area and other areas, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).*

* 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.