By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

20 violations, Lin Buffet in Hampden Centre in Mechanicsburg fails state restaurant inspection; ice machine and soda dispenser not clean have food like residue

20 violations, Lin Buffet in Hampden Centre in Mechanicsburg fails state restaurant inspection;  ice machine and soda dispenser not clean have food like residue

Mechanicsburg. PA

Lin Buffet and Grill in Mechanicsburg

Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 22, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Lin Buffet and Grill in Mechanicsburg in the Hampden Centre was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 20 violations were found.

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

  • Food Employee, Dishwasher, observed changing tasks that may have contaminated hands without a proper hand wash in-between.
  • Ice Machine and soda dispenser at waitress station, a food contact surface, was observed to have food like residue and was not clean to sight and touch.
  • Food contact surface is not smooth, easily cleanable and/or resistant to pitting, cracking or scratching. Observed food stored in non-food containers
  • Observed R.O.P. shellfish being thawed under refrigeration with label stating “keep frozen until use.”
  • Stuffed Shrimp food observed thawing at room temperature on a rack, uncovered by the oven, which is not an approved thawing method.
  • Food employee observed storing clean food equipment while wet, and not allowing time for draining and/or air-drying. Wet nesting dishes.
  • Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.
  • Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil -Pipe under grill -vents, pipe and light covers above grills
  • Mechanical ware washing equipment does not have a manufacturer data plate with operation specifications.
  • Towel observed in the hand wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing. Corrected by Paul at the time of the inspection.
  • Baseboards in the kitchen area is cracked / roughened / and is not a smooth, easily cleanable surface -Floor by dish machine is missing tiles grout, not easily cleanable.
  • Rear entrance door area of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
  • No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sink in the Hand sink by the three bay ware washing sink area to remind food employees to wash their hands.
  • Food ingredient storage containers, in the food storage area, is not labeled with the common name of the food.
  • Food utensils in chocolate fountain/white rice area observed stored in a container of water which is not maintained at 135°F.
  • Chopped greens and cooked noodles food, a refrigerated ready to eat time/temperature control for safety food, in the grill area, was not compliant with date marking by being labeled with a discard or use by time(4 hours).
  • Lights are not shielded or shatterproof over the storage room area
  • Vacuum stored in the food storage area, with potential to contaminate food equipment and utensils.
  • Rice cooking equipment, in the wok area, cannot be easily disassembled using common handheld tools, for cleaning and inspection.
  • Rough welds observed on the interior of the ware washing and food prep sink, in the kitchen area.
  • Sink does not have proper stoppers.
  • Behind the oven/fryers area of the food facility is extremely dirty, dusty, and in need of cleaning.



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There are over 26,000 eating and drinking establishments in Pennsylvania, and thousands more convenience stores,  grocery stores and schools required to be inspected by the Department of Agriculture and, in some cases, local government entities at least once a year. Out of more than 2,000 inspections each month only about 150 are found to be, “Out of Compliance.”

Violations leading to the Out of Compliance designation are more critical violations. Establishments can score a number of lower level violations without achieving the Out of Compliance designation.