Restaurant inspections

April 01, 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 February and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

Sheetz, 18707 Longmeadow Road, Hagerstown - * pepperoni not kept cold enough (discarded); floor throughout needs to be cleaned; employee food cannot be stored in freezer (corrected); mold on light fixtures; single-service items must be covered (corrected); bakery preparation area must be cleaned; thermometers must be in all refrigeration units; must have hot water in restrooms; trash containers must be kept closed.

Rocky's New York Pizza, 22032 Jefferson Blvd., Hagerstown - * ham not kept cold enough (discarded); paper towels and soap must be kept at hand sink (corrected); floors, walls, floor drains, ceilings and light fixtures, insides and tops of all refrigerators, air conditioners, gaskets and exhaust vents in restrooms all need to be cleaned; ice scoop cannot be stored on counter; must have paper towels in men's restroom; foods in the freezer must be protected from contamination; broken and moldy ceiling tiles must be replaced; must have light bulb in pizza oven; choking poster must be displayed.

Phil & Jerry's Meats and More, 22937 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg - * ham, turkey and bologna not kept cold enough (corrected); wiping cloths not stored in sanitizing solution (corrected); walls, hood exhaust filters, cutting board, counters, walk-in freezer and refrigerator, kitchen storage racks, heating vents, restroom exhaust and outside of ice machine area all need to be cleaned; chicken cannot be stored above beef in refrigerator (corrected); boxes cannot be stored on floor; missing base molding must be replaced.

Rocky's New York Pizza, 11351 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown - * pizza, meatballs, sauce not hot enough (corrected); paper towels needed in restroom (corrected); wiping cloths must be stored in sanitizer (corrected); trash must be removed from rear exit (corrected); damaged wall surfaces must be repaired throughout; missing molding must be replaced; floor in walk-in, exhaust hood filters, dough mixer, outside of all equipment, floors, ceilings and walls throughout must be cleaned; holes and gaps in ceiling must be repaired; restroom doors must be self-closing; cracked floor tile must be repaired; must have chemical test strips; mold in walk-in cooler must be removed; trash container must be kept closed; food cannot be stored with toxic items.

New China Wok, 1533 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown - * shrimp, pork and chicken not hot enough (corrected); exhaust vent in restroom, floors, walls, ceilings, outside of all equipment, inside shelves of reach-in refrigerator and cutting boards need to be cleaned; sink in men's restroom must be sealed to the wall; must be air gap at floor sink; food cannot be stored uncovered in freezer; must have light at exhaust hood; hand sink cannot be blocked (corrected); evidence of rodents at time of inspection; freezer base must be repaired; aluminum foil cannot be used to level equipment; trash receptacle must be closed at all times.

Martin's Food Market, 13206 Fountainhead Plaza, Hagerstown - * Maryland crab soup not hot enough (discarded); bread cannot be stored in chemical storage area (corrected); floors throughout, walk-in freezers, bakery tray holders, display cases, exhaust hoods in deli and mesh covering ventilation system need to be cleaned; missing floor and ceiling tiles must be replaced; mold must be removed from refrigeration units; cracked dairy case tray must be replaced; ice machine door not closing properly; cold water faucet in men's restroom must be repaired; thermometers must be properly positioned; missing lights must be replaced; restroom ventilation must be restored.

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