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Restaurant inspections

How it works

How it works

December 23, 2007

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

Shives Pizza, 119 E. Main St., Hancock - cold water must be restored to hand sink; peeling paint on ceiling must be repaired; damaged gasket on refrigerator must be replaced.

Hancock Truck Stop, 439 E. Main St., Hancock - single-serve items must be stored properly (corrected); wall near ice machine and floor of walk-in freezer must be cleaned (corrected); exhaust hood filters must be cleaned of grease buildup; damaged walls must be repaired; damaged baseboard must be repaired.

The Lockhouse Restaurant, 11 E. Main St., Hancock - ice scoop stored improperly (corrected); interior of freezer must be cleaned; ceiling tiles must be replaced; dish machine must be repaired.

Days Inn, 400 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - choking poster must be displayed; paper towels needed in kitchen storage area (corrected).

Sportsmen's Den, 223 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown - hand soap needed in restrooms; flooring in bar and storage area must be replaced; chemical test strips needed; gaskets in refrigerator door must be replaced; choking poster must be displayed.

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