Restaurant inspections

April 02, 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 February and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

Hayloft Tavern, 455 Jefferson St., Hagerstown - * refrigerator exceeded 45 degrees (items moved, unit adjusted); covered trash receptacle needed in women's restroom.

Tops Buffet, 18730 North Village, Hagerstown - * crabmeat at 55 degrees, (removed from sale); * egg rolls, scallops, onion rings (removed from sale and reheated); ice scoop must be cleaned; missing floor and ceiling tiles must be replaced; slicer must be cleaned; food cannot be stored uncovered in refrigerator or freezer; ice machine and floors must be cleaned; boxes cannot be stored on floor; area around dishwasher must be cleaned; thermometers needed in all refrigeration units; containers of dry foods must be kept covered.

Citibank Hagerstown No. 2, 14700 Citicorp Drive, Hagerstown - * taco meat and chicken below 140 degrees (removed and reheated); walk-in freezer too full to operate at proper temperature; food guard must be replaced (corrected); missing ceiling tile in mop room must be replaced (corrected); repair needed on leaking drain under four-compartment sink.

New China Wok, 1533 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown - * meatballs, beef with broccoli in buffet bar below 140 degrees (some items were discarded, others reheated to proper temperature); shish kebab sticks and steel wool pad cannot be stored above flour container; shelves and food item containers need to be cleaned; steam table with soups needs covers; paper towels needed at hand sink (corrected); floors and walls need to be cleaned; walk-in refrigerators and freezer need to be cleaned; hazard plan must be available; floors under three-compartment sink must be cleaned; trash receptacles in women's restroom must be covered; chemical test kit required at three-compartment sink.

Food Lion, 18717 Longmeadow Road, Hagerstown - * one severely dented can of asparagus on shelf (discarded); floors in deli and produce departments need cleaning; sugar spillage in aisle 6 must be cleaned up.

AC&T, 22507 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg - * hot dogs, sausages, egg rolls must be at least 140 degrees or higher on hot dog rollers (corrected); ceiling needs cleaning; trash lids must be kept closed; floor in men's restroom needs cleaning; chemical test kit required.

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

Broadfording Christian Academy, 13535 Broadfording Church Road, Hagerstown - light shield needed under exhaust hood (corrected); hazard plan must be available.

The Gourmet Goat, 4 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown - edges of countertops must be repaired; basement steps must be smooth and cleanable.

The Gourmet Goat II, 101 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown - wet wiping cloths must be kept in sanitizer (corrected); chemical test strips needed to ensure sanitizer level in three-compartment sink.

Heritage Academy, 12215 Walnut Point Road, Hagerstown - thermometers needed in all refrigeration units (corrected); hazard plan must be available.

Hancock Citgo/Subway, 187-189 W. Main St., Hancock - floor of walk-in refrigerator must be kept clear; light bulb shield needed in walk-in refrigerator; light bulb needed in freezer.

Salem Avenue Elementary School, 1323 Salem Ave., Hagerstown - food items such as baby carrots cannot be stored on floor (corrected).

Panda China, 488 Prime Outlets Blvd., Hagerstown - employees cannot be drinking beverages at front counter; storage must be off the floor in cooler; three-compartment sink must be caulked; missing ceiling tiles must be replaced; hood canopy must be cleaned; sanitizer test strips needed; under counter cabinet must be repaired.

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