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Restaurant inspections

February 18, 2007

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

Golden Crown Chinese Restaurant,40 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown - *soy sauce can appeared to be swollen and must be discarded; outside trash container cannot be propped open; wet wiping cloths must be kept in sanitizer; soap and towels needed at all hand sinks; floors, food equipment and exhaust hood filters; unused equipment must be removed; damaged floor tiles and ceiling tiles must be replaced; must remove cockroaches from restaurant; rice and sugar containers in storage room are nonfood grade; chemical test strips needed at three-compartment sink; ice and flour scoops stored improperly; beef and chicken cannot be stored uncovered in refrigerators; choking poster must be displayed.

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:

Richardson's Restaurant,710 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - light shield in walk-in cooler must be replaced; expiration date labels must be on food in walk-in cooler.

Texas Roadhouse,120 S. Edgewood Drive, Hagerstown - choking poster must be displayed.

Red Byrd Restaurant, 11409 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville - cannot thaw food on counter (corrected).

Ol' Town Sweets, 7 N. Main St., Boonsboro - thermometers needed in refrigeration units.

DGS Concessions,8638 Downsville Pike, Downsville - thermometers needed in refrigeration units.

Mountainside Deli, 311 S. Main St., Boonsboro - cold water at hand sink must be restored within 30 days.

Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits, 17524 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown - paper towels needed at hand sinks; splash guard at rear hand sink must be cleaned; outside trash container must be kept closed; drain pipe from preparation sink must be tightened; mop sink is leaking and must be repaired; choking poster must be displayed.

Burger King, 17532 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown - mop sink must be repaired; floors need to be cleaned; sink in women's restroom must be repaired; light in storage room must be covered; broken thermometer in cooler must be repaired.

Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co., 13730 Maugansville Road - area around outside trash container must be cleaned; floors under fryer must be cleaned; light on exhaust hood must be replaced; air conditioner needs to be cleaned; single-serve items must be covered; exhaust covers in restroom must be cleaned; ice maker must have air gap; freezer must maintain zero degrees or below.

Shoney's, 1731 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown - restrooms, exhaust hood filters and floors must be cleaned; trash container in employee restroom must have cover; faucets must be adjusted; gasket of juice cooler must be repaired; sanitizing solution ratio must be corrected and cloths must be in bucket; hole in ceiling above dish machine must be repaired; choking poster must be displayed.

Roy Rogers Restaurant, 160 N. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown - state food service license must be displayed; exhaust hood filter must be replaced over fryer; walls must be cleaned; containers of baked beans damaged and leaking (discarded); trash container must be kept closed; hazard plan unavailable.

Gertrude's Homemade Kolachi, Hagerstown City Market - state food service license must be displayed.

Mixed Up Cookie Co., Hagerstown City Market - state food service license must be displayed.

IHOP, 17820 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown - floors and exhaust vents in storage room must be cleaned; damaged wall and ceiling tiles must be repaired; gap at food preparation sink must be sealed; light bulbs must be replaced under exhaust hood; damaged gaskets on refrigeration units must be repaired; leaking faucet in women's restroom must be repaired.

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