Restaurant inspections for April 2008

June 01, 2008

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

China Buffet, 1041 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown - * severely dented can of water chestnuts (repeat violation)(corrected); * scoops cannot be stored in flour and rice; * ice scoop cannot be stored in ice maker; * gravy not kept hot enough (reheated); pest control spray cannot be stored in dry storage; ice machine, beverage refrigerator, shelves, cutting boards, interior of dish machine and exhaust hood filters must be cleaned; dead insects must be removed from around water heater; rice spoons cannot be stored in water; gap at screen door must be corrected; paper towels needed at hand sink (corrected); clogged floor drain must be cleared; chemical test strips must be present; trash can cannot be used to hold bowl of food (repeat violation)(corrected); shrimp cannot be thawed in sink full of water; open bags of flour and rice in storage room; meat cleavers must be protected from splash; food cannot be stored on floor of walk-in; liquids cannot be stored above dry food; puddle of water must be cleaned up under water heater.

Cold Stone Creamery, 17247 Cole Road, Hagerstown - * two dented cans of apple pie filling must be removed (corrected); outdoor garbage container must be kept closed (corrected); glass cleaner cannot be stored with appliances (corrected); can opener must be cleaned (corrected); blender must be cleaned.

Deli-Licious, 20 Milestone Terrace, Williamsport - * ice scoop handle in ice machine (corrected); * eggs cannot be stored above vegetables in walk-in (corrected); skillet must be commercial grade; interior of cupboards, floors, fryers, shelves, condenser covers, and interior and exterior of ice machine must be cleaned; outdoor garbage container must be kept closed; back door cannot be propped open; wiping cloths must be stored in sanitizer; restroom doors must be self-closing; missing and peeling molding must be replaced.

El Palenque Cantina, 204 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown - * foods cannot be kept at room temperature (discarded); improper setup of three-compartment sink (corrected); chicken cannot be stored above or beside beef (corrected); nonfood-grade containers cannot be used to store food (corrected).

Governor's Landing Deli, 10012 Governor's Landing Blvd., Williamsport - * chicken cannot be put in cabinet to cool (corrected); thermometers must be operational; water in dish machine not kept hot enough.

Homewood at Williamsport, 16505 Virginia Ave., Williamsport - * bologna not kept at proper temperature (discarded); * dented cans removed from shelves; employees pushing food cart cannot be eating at the same time; hand sink cannot be blocked (corrected); silverware stored improperly (corrected); ice cream container must be repaired (corrected); interior of ice machine must be cleaned; soup spoons stored improperly.

Loyalton of Hagerstown, 20009 Rosebank Way - * dented cans of tuna and applesauce must be discarded; unprotected food cannot be stored in walk-in (corrected); inadequate air gap at ice machine, hand sink and hot holding units; inadequate exhaust in restrooms.

McDonald's, 10525 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown - * walk-in refrigerator not cold enough (all food removed); ice scoop cannot be stored in ice machine (corrected); chest freezer cannot be left open and food cannot be unprotected (corrected); inadequate water flow in faucet in men's restroom; outside trash container cannot be left uncovered (corrected).

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