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Restaurant inspections

November 20, 2005

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Each 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.

Potentially hazardous food means any food rich in protein that will support the rapid growth and reproduction of food-borne disease microorganisms.

Inspections are conducted at restaurants, nursing homes, schools, grocery stores and other places that serve food, including those that only are 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 marked with *.

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

Those violations corrected on day of inspection are indicated as (corrected).




The following food service establishments were inspected by the Washington County Health Department in October and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

Food Lion, 246 Eastern Blvd., Hagerstown - * four severely dented cans removed from shelves; cannot have fly strips over bakery preparation area (corrected); three one-pint containers of milk beyond sell-by date (removed); repairs needed in hand-washing sink in delicatessen; floor in delicatessen, interior of microwave and ice machine need to be cleaned; light bulbs must be shielded; some light bulbs must be replaced; must clean up spilled powdered sugar on grocery shelves; ice scoop in produce department cracked and broken, cannot be stored on soiled wiping cloth; walk-in freezer not keeping food cold enough.

Hillside Liquors, 19119 Keep Tryst Road, Knoxville - * approximately three pounds of cut cheese removed voluntarily - no more cheese can be cut until clean water test is achieved; cutting boards must be cleaned.

The following food service establishments were inspected by the Washington County Health Department in October and found to have sanitation violations that must be corrected within 30 days:

Pizza Hut, 13527 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown - can opener must be cleaned (corrected); dish machine must be adjusted to dispense sanitizer more evenly; floor under dish machine and shelving need to be cleaned; light bulbs must be shielded; must obtain chemical test strips for three-compartment sink.

Tony's Pizza Time Cafe, 10 E. Salisbury St., Williamsport - all gaps in wall in food preparation area must be sealed; damaged ceiling panels must be replaced; must obtain chemical test strips for three-compartment sink; shelving must be cleaned; door to outside trash container must be repaired; cold water service to hand sink must be restored; thermometers needed in all refrigeration units.

Catering by Caroline, 120 W. Main St., Hancock - seal all gaps around former window.

Hagerstown Speedway Concessions Inc., 15112 National Pike, Hagerstown - seal all holes in inside wall near base of door; seal gaps between wall and sinks; must obtain chemical test strips for three-compartment sink.

Pizzeria Uno Chicago Bar and Grill, 17734 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown - hand sink cannot be obstructed (corrected); thermometers needed in all refrigeration units (corrected); can opener must be cleaned (corrected); must have hazard plan on site (corrected); dish machine pressure should be adjusted; drain line of ice bin has inadequate air gap; must reseal gap between wall and hand sink; light bulbs must be shielded.

Smithsburg Elementary School, 67 N. Main St., Smithsburg - damaged ceiling tiles must be repaired or replaced.

Lincolnshire Elementary School, 17545 Lincolnshire Road, Hagerstown - all shelves must be smooth and cleanable.

Boonsboro Elementary School, 5 Campus Ave., Boonsboro - ceiling around pipe in corner must be sealed.

Stadium Grill and Tavern, 401 S. Cannon Ave., Hagerstown - freezer needs to be defrosted; can opener needed to be cleaned (corrected); damaged floor tiles must be repaired or replaced; trash lid must be kept closed.

Stadium Tavern mobile unit - hazard plan must be submitted and reviewed.

Food Lion, 22401 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg - cold water must be operative at hand sink in meat department (corrected); trash lid must be kept closed; light bulb in freezer must be replaced.

Popeye's, 1382 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - cutting board must be cleaned; paper towels needed at hand sink.

Waterin' Hole, 15 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown - missing or stained ceiling tiles must be replaced; air gap inadequate at three-compartment sink; broken urinal in men's restroom must be repaired; shelf liner under whiskey bottles must be removed; all raw wood surfaces must be smooth and cleanable.

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