A Harrisburg, PA, restaurant recently inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture was reportedly operating with a faked food safety certificate. According to a local media outlet, the May 9 inspection of Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet revealed a posted certificate from 2010 but dated Sept. 24, 2015. The certificate showed that the restaurant had someone available on staff familiar with food safety and sanitation requirements. Following the May 9 visit, the department inspector listed 16 violations at the Hibachi Grill, among them mold on shelving, food residue on a deli slicer and on the outside of food storage containers, fly strips attached above kitchen food storage and preparation areas and falsification of a government document. The restaurant manager told a local TV station that efforts were underway to correct the most recent violations. A spokesperson for the state agriculture department would not comment on the situation due to legal concerns.
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