Wendy’s in Lancaster fouls follow-up; still extreme amount of gnats throughout facility, on walls, beneath flat grills, in drains, in restrooms, and on equipment

Wendy’s in Lancaster fouls follow-up; still extreme amount of gnats throughout facility, on walls, beneath flat grills, in drains, in restrooms, and on equipment

Lancaster, PA

Wendy’s Restaurant

1117 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster, PA 17603

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 7/2/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Wendy’s Restaurant in Lancaster on Harrisburg Pike was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 7 violations were found.

State records show Wendy’s has failed to be found in compliance now four times since June 2018:

Most Recent Inspection Inspection Type In Compliance  
06/18/2020 Regular Out Violation(s) 11
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:

  • Two open employee’s beverage containers were observed on the salad preparation table.
  • Observed a green scrub brush in the hand-wash sink in the back food preparation area.
  • Hand-wash sink in the back food preparation area was blocked by a trash can and not accessible at all times for employee use.
  • Observed an extreme amount of gnats throughout the facility, on walls, beneath flat grills, in drains, in restrooms, and on equipment.
  • 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 grease build-up on the fixtures behind the fryers.
  • Observed clean food equipment on the storage rack, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting- see note below).
  • Two wooden boards (raw wood), being used to prop up the bottom shelf in the walk-in cooler. NEW VIOLATION.

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

*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.