Restaurant inspections for May 2008

June 15, 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 May and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

Buffalo Wings and Beer, 1065 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown - * containers cannot be stored in container with food (corrected); * box of chicken cannot be stored on beer keg in walk-in (corrected); * cooked chicken cannot be stored at room temperature in sauce (corrected); * coffee cannot be stored uncovered on shelf (corrected); hand sink cannot be blocked (corrected); paper towels needed at hand sink (corrected); food cannot be stored uncovered (corrected); food cannot be stored on floor (corrected); clean dishes improperly stored (corrected); cleaners cannot be stored with single-serve items (corrected); floor of walk-in must be cleaned; building repair material cannot be stored in kitchen; employee hygiene items cannot be stored in kitchen; ice scoop, fryers and spice rack must be cleaned; missing light bulbs must be replaced; chemical test strips must be available; appliances must be commercial-grade; beer cooler drain lines cannot empty in bucket; bottle chiller must be repaired.

China Palace Buffet, 22405 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg - * nonfood-grade containers cannot be used for storage (corrected); inadequate air gap at dishwasher (corrected); must have sanitizer at dishwasher; wiping cloths must be stored in sanitizer; improper storage of mops; more light needed in cooler; cutting board must be cleaned; boxes cannot be stored on floor; chemical test strips must be available.

Country Hill Deli, 1583 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown - * dairy cooler not keeping items cold enough (removed from cooler); * dented can of pear halves on shelf (removed); * top row of cheese display unit not cold enough (removed from sale); hand sink cannot be blocked (corrected); thermometers needed in all units (corrected); floor must be cleaned; boxes cannot be stored on floor of cooler; light bulbs must be shielded.

El Olivo Market, 1423 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - * food items without USDA stamps or labels (removed from sale); state license must be displayed (corrected).

El Ranchero, 1580 Wesel Blvd., Hagerstown - * ice scoop stored handle down in bin (corrected); * ice scoop cannot be stored in ice machine (corrected); * rice, cheese and beans not being kept hot enough (corrected); * mold on lemons in refrigerator (corrected); * peppers cannot be stored under shrimp in walk-in (corrected); inadequate air gap at three-compartment sink; floor of freezer must be cleaned; stained ceiling tiles in restroom must be replaced; covered trash receptacle and soap needed in restrooms; damaged baseboard molding must be repaired; choking poster must be displayed.

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