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Restaurant inspections

June 04, 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 *.

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

Your Country Store, 17035 Fairview Road, Hagerstown - * severely dented can of beans (voluntarily discarded); hand sink cannot be blocked (corrected); cleaning needed behind refrigerator; damaged wall must be repaired; light bulb must be replaced under exhaust hood; hand washing supplies needed at hand sink; food products cannot be stored on floor of walk-in refrigerator.

7-Eleven, 802 Salem Ave., Hagerstown - * dairy products cannot be stored out of refrigerator (discarded); milk cannot be stored on floor of walk-in refrigerator; current license must be displayed; damaged floor must be repaired.

Pizza Hut, 1396 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - * severely dented can of diced apple pizza topping (discarded); cleaning needed on exhaust hoods, pizza oven, shelving, can opener (corrected) and around trash containers; missing light shield must be replaced; damaged gasket must be replaced; ice scoop improperly stored (corrected); trash containers must be kept closed (corrected).

The Rhubarb House, 12 Public Square, Hagerstown - * deli meats not kept cold enough (corrected); dishwashing water temperature must be adjusted.

Pizza Hut, 13527 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown - * pasta salad and cottage cheese not cold enough (removed from sale); must replace missing door handle on freezer; cleaning needed for grease buildup on equipment, shelves, floors and racks; paper towels needed in dispenser at hand sink (corrected); walls and all drains must be cleaned; chemical test strips must be provided; restroom vents need to be cleaned and operational.

Rocky's New York Pizza, 11351 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown - * hamburger and ham must be removed from top of sandwich preparation unit (corrected); damaged walls throughout kitchen must be repaired; missing baseboard must be replaced; floors, ceilings and walls need to be cleaned; floors in walk-in need to be cleaned; light shield must be repaired; restroom vents need to be cleaned and operational.

GT's Handi Mart, 25313 Military Road, Cascade - * chicken and pork cannot be stored above ready-to-eat items (raw meat moved to below ready-to-eat); * employees cannot handle raw food and then make sandwiches (employee washed hands); missing floor and ceiling tiles must be replaced; ice machine needs to be cleaned; light bulbs must be shielded; all vents need to be cleaned and operational; trash receptacle in restrooms must be covered; food items cannot be stored on floor; trash receptacles must be covered.

Food Lion, 22401 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg - * egg case display must be repaired (corrected); floor under new freezer must be cleaned; milk with no sell-by date (removed from sale); restroom walls must be cleaned; trash containers must be kept closed (corrected).




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

Fountaindale Elementary School, 901 Northern Ave., Hagerstown - cleaning needed under the three-compartment sink; restroom vents need to be cleaned; peeling painting in hallway must be corrected.

Smithsburg Middle School, 68 N. Main St., Smithsburg - cracked and peeled ceiling tiles must be replaced.

Smithsburg Elementary School, 67 N. Main St., Smithsburg - utensils in hand sink must be removed and sanitized; restrooms must be vented.

North Hagerstown High School, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown - trash receptacle must be covered; broken light bulb must be replaced; temperature of water in dishwasher inadequate.

Potomac Heights Elementary School, 301 E. Magnolia Ave., Hagerstown - hand sink cannot be blocked (corrected).

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