Restaurant inspections for December 2006

January 21, 2007

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 December and found to have sanitation violations that must be corrected within 30 days:

The Yellow House, 8005 National Pike, Boonsboro - exhaust fans in men's and women's restrooms need to be repaired or replaced; floors in kitchen and bathrooms must be cleaned; cutting boards, exhaust hood and microwave in need of cleaning; must have thermometers in all refrigeration and freezer units; towels from previous cleaning of hand sink must be removed (corrected).

Vince's New York Pizza and Italian Restaurant, 17520 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown - damaged freezer gasket must be replaced.

Winter Street Elementary School, 59 Winter St., Hagerstown - peeling paint in storage area near dishwasher must be corrected; no exposed wood surfaces allowed in storage room; exit door and women's restroom door must be self-closing; gaps and holes in ceiling of women's restroom must be corrected; women's restroom must have covered trash receptacle.

Kerfoot Refectory, 17641 College Road, St. James - dish machine failed to reach proper wash and rinse temperature.

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