Every Sunday, Columbia news, views & reviews posts links to restaurant inspections in Lancaster and York Counties. These inspections are accomplished in accordance with Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture standardized inspection criteria.
Here’s a part of this past Sunday’s post.
Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online. – Yes, all food serving establishments have to be inspected. Interesting this week are the number of schools that were inspected including one with this in its report: “Non-food service workers, unauthorized personnel are entering kitchen to serve themselves soup.” Not suprisingly, the “mess hall” can turn into a watering hole without a qualified, assiduous dining facility supervisor.
Yet, Columbia’s local food service inspector allegedly inspects ALL Columbia’s establishments serving food? Including schools?
So this post at the Columbia facebook page “What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1”:
“My daughter goes to Columbia High School and this is what she was served today for lunch. There is mold on the bread and she said hers was not the only one that has mold on it. I’m pissed now she has to be hungry until she gets home because she refuses to eat anything else from there. Omw to pick her up.”
prompted a huge number of responses like these:
“Restaurant inspections and school cafeteria inspections are both done by a Borough employee. Who BTW calls ahead to his appointments so they can be prepared. Don’t we deserve better than this?”
“Columbia does their own inspections, has their own Heath department. Believe me, I WISH the department of agriculture would do the inspections, but they don’t.”
“She did the lunch aide told her not to say anything smh“
Click here to go to the state’s Website of inspections … and the listing of the violations at each location. The statewide directory lists inspections for all municipalities in York County and Lancaster County.… except those in Columbia – Columbia persists in having its own inspection system with its own forms and inspection items – rather than the one used statewide.
Come on, Columbia, we can do better! Get in sync with the rest of the county … get consistency in food serving facility inspections. Get rid of the local yokel mindset.
The Columbia Borough Board of Health’s next meeting is Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 pm – no meeting venue is shown, most likely the meeting is at the Borough Hall. Columbia news, views & reviews was unable to locate any minutes for previous Board of Health meetings at the borough website.
According to the Borough Website, there’s a Board of Health volunteer vacancy; if you are interested in volunteering please contact the Borough Manager at 717-684-2467 Ext. 7318.
According to the Borough Website: “The Board of Health is a relatively unique group in Lancaster County. Unlike most municipalities which rely on the PA Department of Agriculture for Eating & Drinking Establishment inspections and on the PA Department of Health for sanitation issues, Columbia has chosen to perform these responsibilities to maintain rapid, coordinated, local control.”
|Dr. John Jensen||Member|
|Dr. Bret Daniels||Member|