Restaurant inspections

July 23, 2006

How it works

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

Hempen Hill mobile barbecue unit (Blues Fest), 10968 Dam No. 5 Road, Clear Spring - *sliced pit beef was at 115 degrees (reheated to 189 degrees)

Dual Highway Amoco and Snacks (Blimpie), 1760 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - *display case was above 45 degrees (all sandwiches were removed and disposed of in trash); thermometers needed in all refrigeration units and to test internal temperature of hot dogs; must have sanitizer and test strips; floor needed to be cleaned; refrigerator leaking water must be repaired; screen door must be kept closed (corrected).

Martin's Food Market, 1729 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - *pasta not kept cold enough (voluntarily discarded); *wings at wing bar not kept cold enough (discarded); *food removed from wing bar refrigerator which wasn't cold enough (voluntarily discarded); must have paper towels at bakery hand sink (corrected); floor and exhaust vents need to be cleaned; light must be replaced in cooler; freezer case not cold enough.

Dippin' Dots, Valley Mall, Hagerstown - *must have hot and cold running water (corrected).

Funkstown American Legion Post 211, 12 North Westside Ave., Funkstown - *temperature in walk-in refrigerator inadequate (corrected); *turkey above 45 degrees in sandwich preparation unit (voluntarily discarded); *dented can voluntarily discarded; mold must be removed from refrigerator door; temperature in freezers must be lowered; ice scoops stored improperly; floors, hood above cooking line and air conditioning exhaust vent must be cleaned; exhaust in women's restroom must be repaired; leaking pipe in women's restroom must be repaired; vents in restrooms must be cleaned; raw food cannot be stored above ready-to-eat food (corrected); inadequate temperature in the sanitizer rinse of dishwasher; holes in ceiling must be repaired.

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

Starlite Inn, 43 Frederick Road, Funkstown - exhaust in restrooms need to be cleaned (corrected); must have covered trash container in women's restroom (corrected); chemical test strips needed at three-compartment sink; must replace screen in exit door; cooking thermometer needed (corrected); proper wash, rinse, sanitize cycle must be set up (corrected).

LJ's and The Kat Lounge, 1130 Conrad Court, Hagerstown - out-dated milk (discarded); paper towels needed at hand sink (corrected); must have thermometer in bar refrigerator (corrected); trash containers must be kept closed; covered trash container needed in women's restroom; ceiling vents in restrooms must be operational; exhaust hood above cooking line must be cleaned.

Clear Spring American Legion, 12335 Big Spring Road, Clear Spring - can opener must be cleaned (corrected); damaged ceiling panels and wall under sink must be repaired; state license must be displayed; must obtain chemical test strips at three-compartment sink.

Maugansville Creamery, 13903 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown - floors need to be cleaned; hand sink must be unobstructed (corrected).

First Data, 1 Western Maryland Parkway, Hagerstown - can opener must be cleaned (corrected); damaged light shield must be repaired.

Clear Spring Little League, Washington County Parks, Clear Spring - floor under sink must be cleaned; hazard plan must be provided; wall gaps must be sealed throughout.

Bridge Restaurant, 2 S. U.S. 522, Hancock - damaged ceiling in men's restroom must be repaired.

Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant, 58 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown - damaged wall and freezer gasket must be repaired; must obtain chemical test strips at three-compartment sink.

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