Restaurant inspections for May 2007

July 08, 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 May and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

Washington County Detention Center, 500 Western Maryland Parkway, Hagerstown - * severely dented can of chocolate pudding in dry storage (corrected); caulking at two-compartment sink needs to be repaired; damaged light cover in walk-in must be replaced; light under hood must be replaced; exhaust hood filters need to be cleaned; inadequate pressure and temperature at dish machine.

Villa Pizza, 490 Prime Outlets Blvd., Hagerstown - * chicken breast and Caesar salad not kept cold enough (discarded); * pizza and stromboli not kept hot enough (reheated); mold on ice maker must be removed; pasta cannot be stored uncovered in walk-in; pickles and pizza sauce cannot be stored on floor of walk-in; employee drinks cannot be stored in reach-in refrigerator (corrected); food storage containers, microwave, floors and soda dispenser tips must be cleaned; lights must be shielded; wet wiping cloths must be stored in sanitizer; glass cleaner cannot be stored next to plates.

Tops Buffet, 18730 North Village, Hagerstown - * imitation crab and sushi items not kept at proper temperature (removed from sale); kitchen floor and walk-in surfaces must be smooth and cleanable; all floors, exhaust hoods and restroom vents need to be cleaned; food cannot be open and exposed in walk-ins; food cannot be stored on floor of walk-in; frost on food and condensation in freezer must be removed; screen door in need of repair; trash receptacle cannot be left open; improper thawing procedures observed during inspection; oil leak in fryer must be repaired and oil on floor cleaned up; missing light shield must be replaced; insufficient lighting in hall storage; cracks and holes in ceiling must be repaired; thermometers needed in all refrigeration units.

Tony's Pizza, 14224 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown - * buffet foods such as salad dressing, olives and pasta not at proper temperature (removed from sale); floor in walk-in, exhaust hood and restroom exhaust vent need to be cleaned; hand sinks in restrooms must be operational; inadequate temperature in dishwasher; improper wash procedure set up.

The Salvation Army, 534 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown - * severely dented cans of turkey gravy, sauerkraut, whole tomatoes, pizza sauce and mushrooms in dry storeroom (corrected); soap needed at hand sink; can opener, meat slicer and mixer must be cleaned; single-serve items stored improperly; floors need to be cleaned; chemical test strips must be provided; three-compartment sink must have chemicals; thermometers needed in all refrigeration units; raw meat cannot be stored above ready to eat items; raw chicken in boxes cannot be stored on floor of walk-in; uncovered chicken stored in walk-in cooler; inadequate temperature in dishwasher; hot water faucet in restroom must be adjusted; inadequate ventilation in women's restroom; choking poster must be displayed.

Paul's Country Kitchen, 1583 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown - * gravy, sausage and chipped beef stored at inadequate temperature (corrected); exhaust hoods need to be cleaned.

Old Forge Elementary School, 21615 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown - * dented cans (removed).

J&D Meats and More, 1583 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown - * gravy and mashed potatoes at inadequate temperature (reheated); paper towels and soap needed at hand sink (corrected); exhaust hood filters and floors throughout need to be cleaned; raw items cannot be stored above ready-to-eat items; excessive ice in freezer must be removed; boxes cannot be stored on floor.

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