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Procedures for food inspections

April 20, 2003

Every month, The Herald-Mail publishes the findings of initial food establishment inspections by the Washington County Health Department. Food service facilities are inspected on a regular basis to make sure they are following the regulations that govern such establishments.

Inspectors also conduct follow-up inspections and monitoring inspections and investigate complaints and food-borne outbreaks.

Inspections are conducted at restaurants, nursing homes, schools, grocery stores and other places that serve food, including those which are only temporary such as fairs and carnivals.

Critical violations such as contaminated or spoiled food, improper temperatures of foods, improper cooking or no running water must be corrected immediately. Those items are indicated with *.

Other violations must be corrected within 30 days. Follow-up inspections will be conducted as needed.

Violations corrected on the day of inspection are indicated as (corrected).

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