Inspector finds deer heads, brains and unidentifiable parts at Chinese restaurant in PA

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A Chinese restaurant in Pennsylvania is being investigated after being caught with deer heads, brains and other unidentifiable animal body parts on the restaurant’s premises.


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The New China House restaurant in Lititz was listed as “out of compliance” after an inspector with state Department of Agriculture found 18 violations, according to PennLive.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission confiscated deer brains, deer heads, skinned and whole tails, legs, muscle meat, spines, necks and other unidentifiable parts both raw and cooked from restaurant’s walk-in cooler and freezer after the owner wasn’t able to provide documented proof the meats were from an approved source.

The owner told PennLive that the restaurant does not sell deer meat and the deer parts were for soup he was planning to make for himself and his wife.

Authorities removed a total 4 trash bags, 2 boxes, 3 plastic tubs, one 5 gallon bucket and 9 trash bags of prepared foods from the restaurant. They also took a sampling of prepared food for testing.

Despite being “out of compliance” the restaurant remains open.

Authorities launched the investigation after receiving a confidential tip, PennLive reported.

The restaurant also had numerous violations after inspections in July, and December of 2015.