Restaurant inspections

February 26, 2006

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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 *.


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 January and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

CVS Pharmacy, 34 N. Cannon Ave., Hagerstown - * 34 containers of baby/infant formula on shelves that were past their "use by" dates (voluntarily discarded); one open container of singles Pedialyte (voluntarily discarded); one dented can of baby formula removed from shelf; thermometer needed in all refrigeration units; dispensers needed to disposable paper towels in bathrooms.

Le Gourmet Chef, 720 Prime Outlets, Hagerstown - * sampling from common bowls of pretzels, etc., and sauce (corrected).

Rocky's New York Pizza, 22032 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg - * potentially hazardous food kept at improper hot and cold temperatures (corrected); walls, floors and ceilings throughout need to be cleaned; exhaust hoods must be cleaned of grease, dust and rust; dust buildup in vents must be cleared; missing baseboard must be replaced; light bulbs must be shielded; sanitizing test kit needed; towels and soap needed at hand sink; covered trash receptacle needed in women's restroom; must use proper dishwashing procedures.

Rite Aid, 22411 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg - * five containers of baby formula beyond their "use by" dates (corrected); floor in dry storage area needs cleaning; paper towel dispensers needed in women's restroom; floors in restrooms must be cleaned; trash receptacles must be covered.

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

Dollar General, 22945 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg - cleaning needed on floor in dry storage area and bottom of refrigerator; boxes must be stored above floor; covered trash receptacles needed in restrooms; must replace missing ceiling tiles; trash containers must be kept covered.

Knights of Columbus, 20340 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown - hand sink must be accessible; meat items and bread must be kept separate; thermometers needed in all refrigeration units.

AC&T-Burhans Boulevard Exxon, 301 E. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown - thermometers needed in all refrigeration units; floor under refrigerator shelves must be cleaned; trash containers must be kept covered (corrected); creamer in thermal server not cold enough (corrected).

Owls Club, 25 W. Antietam St., Hagerstown - window in hallway needs to be cleaned; loose ceiling tiles must be replaced; air gap from three-compartment sink insufficient to prevent back flow contamination.

Books 'N Things, 1525 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown - floor in dry storage area must be cleaned; boxes must be stored above floor.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 241 Railway Lane, Hagerstown - must make repairs to three-compartment sink.

Bob Evans, 190 Railway Lane, Hagerstown - pots, pans and three-compartment sink need to be cleaned; cutting boards must be cleaned and sanitized.

AC&T-Virginia Avenue, 16504 Virginia Ave., Williamsport - must clean walls and ceiling of walk-in cooler; hand sinks in bathrooms must be recaulked; trash receptacle in women's restroom must be covered.

Cindy's Sweets and Supplies, 10226 Governor Lane Blvd., Williamsport - detergent/sanitizer needed at two-compartment sink; must post current food permit (corrected); food must be stored properly.

McDonald's, 1729 Massey Blvd., Hagerstown - floor sink under three-compartment sink must be cleaned; holes in ceiling must be sealed; floor and equipment must be cleaned of food debris.

Domino's Pizza, 17549 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown - must repair broken wall board opposite oven; must remove extraneous material from dry storage room; dish wash room floor must be cleaned; mop sink must be cleaned.

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