Restaurant inspections for August 2008

September 28, 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 August and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

Cafe Italia, 935 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown - * refrigeration unit not cold enough (food removed until repaired); * cheese and mushrooms not at proper temperature (discarded); condensation draining improperly; uncovered food cannot be stored in refrigerators; walk-in floor, slicer and vents must be cleaned; missing ceiling tile must be replaced; inadequate air gap at ice machine; leaking pipe must be repaired; mops stored improperly; pizza cutters kept at improper temperature; surfaces must be smooth and cleanable; chest freezer must be repaired.

Cascade American Legion Post 239, 14418 MacAfee Hill Road, Cascade - * cheese cannot be left in warmer overnight (corrected); * dented cans stored with useable cans (corrected); * food items delivered at 10:24 a.m. still on counter at 12:10 p.m. (corrected); inadequate sanitizer in dishwasher; freezer not cold enough; inadequate lighting in walk-in; improper storage of utensils; rear exit door must be self-closing; leaking faucet must be repaired (corrected); thermometers needed in all units (corrected); first aid items cannot be stored with food (corrected); floors must be cleaned; missing lights must be replaced; choking poster must be displayed.

Chocolate Park Tavern, 14433 MacAfee Hill Road, Cascade - * small bar refrigerator not cold enough (food removed); choking poster must be displayed; mops stored improperly; cracked floor tiles must be replaced; thermometers needed to check food; surfaces must be smooth and cleanable; rust seen on racks of bar refrigerator; restroom exhaust fans must be cleaned.

Dogpatch/Greenbrier Inn, 21836 National Pike, Boonsboro - * refrigerator not cold enough (food removed); paper towels, dispenser and soap needed at hand sink (corrected); missing baseboard must be replaced; walls, ceilings and floors must be cleaned; cracked tiles and holes must be repaired; can opener must be cleaned; cleaning products cannot be stored with toxic items (corrected); surfaces must be smooth and cleanable; water on floor must be removed; utensils stored improperly; improper setup of three-compartment sink (corrected); mops stored improperly; fly traps cannot be stored above sink; choking poster must be displayed.

Gordon's Grocery, 101 Cypress St., Hagerstown - * display unit not cold enough (food removed); floor in walk-in must be repaired; unshielded light bulbs must be removed (corrected).

Imperial Chinese Restaurant, 13112 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown - * bowls cannot be used as scoops (corrected); * cooked rice cannot be kept at room temperature (corrected); soap needed at hand sink; hot water must be turned on at hand sink (corrected); food cannot be uncovered in refrigerators (corrected); floors, exhaust hood filters, gaskets and rack in walk-in must be cleaned; surfaces must be smooth and cleanable; cracked floor tiles must be repaired; missing light bulbs must be replaced.

Le Produce, 1583 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown - * lemon juice in buckets contaminated (discarded); floors must be cleaned; surfaces must be smooth and cleanable.

Mount Aetna Camp and Retreat Center, 21905 Mount Aetna Road, Hagerstown - * dented can stored with useable cans (corrected); exhaust hoods must be cleaned or replaced; pooling water must be removed; inadequate air gap at three-compartment sink; exhaust must be restored to restrooms; vents must be cleaned.

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