October 2008 restaurant inspections

November 16, 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 October and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

Garfield's Restaurant and Pub, 17301 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown - * chicken and batter, beef patties, cheese, butter and sour cream not kept cold enough (discarded); * mashed potatoes not kept hot enough (reheated); cutting boards must be cleaned or replaced; employee's jacket cannot be stored on top of ice scoop (corrected); cracked floor tiles must be replaced; food cannot be stored uncovered in walk-in refrigerator; food cannot be stored on floor of walk-in freezer; two-door unit not keeping food cold enough.

Improved Order of Red Men, 16129 Lappans Road, Williamsport - * mashed potatoes and hamburger not kept hot enough (reheated); * gravy cannot be left out on counter (discarded); * two dented cans of cheese sauce on shelf (corrected); employee drinks cannot be kept near food preparation area; floors, walls, ceilings and equipment must be cleaned; inadequate air gap at ice and soda machines, gar and three-compartment sinks; thermometers needed in all units; food cannot be stored uncovered; wet wiping cloths must be stored in sanitizer; dish machine must have sanitizer; food cannot be stored on floor of walk-ins; beer cooler condenser covers must be cleaned; laundry detergent cannot be stored next to food; covered trash container needed in women's restroom; fruit flies seen at bar; paper towels needed at bar sink; inadequate hot water metering in banquet room.

Longhorn Steak House, 1000 Prime Outlets Blvd., Hagerstown - * dented can of oranges (discarded); * refrigerated drawers under grill not cold enough (corrected); faulty gasket must be repaired; no chemicals in sprayer at sink; exhaust vent must be cleaned; inadequate flow of water in restroom.

Sam's Club, 1700 Wesel Blvd., Hagerstown - * 19 severely dented cans (removed); * leaking ice cream containers in freezer (removed); * one pallet of yams in rusty cans with stained labels (removed); hand sink cannot be blocked (corrected); damaged hand sink must be repaired; thermometers needed in all units; covered trash receptacles needed in restrooms; surfaces must be smooth and cleanable; ice buildup in freezer must be removed; sausage scoop handle cannot touch food; inadequate flow of water in women's restroom.

Tony's Pizza Time Cafe, 10 E. Salisbury St., Williamsport - * wiping cloths seen dripping onto pizza dough (dough discarded); hand sink cannot be blocked; pizza dough cannot be cooled on floor in front of fan (corrected); fan must be cleaned; paper towels needed at hand sink (corrected); onions cannot be stored under hand sink (corrected); wiping cloth seen dripping over slicer (corrected); inadequate air gap at three-compartment sink; equipment must be commercial-grade; inadequate water metering in men's restroom; employee's meal cannot be stored on top of slicer; food contact equipment must be cleaned; damaged refrigerator must be repaired.

Villa Pizza, 490 Prime Outlets Blvd., Hagerstown - * sausage and pepperoni not kept cold enough (discarded); * pasta and meatballs not kept at proper temperature (corrected); hand sink must have paper towels (corrected); hand sink must have trash can; reach-in refrigerator not kept cold enough; gouged and stained cutting board must be corrected; pots and pans are rusted; shelving and sink drains must be cleaned; chemical test kits must be present; inadequate sanitizer levels.

Vince's New York Pizza and Italian Restaurant, 17520 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown - * three severely dented cans on shelf (returned to company); missing light bulbs must be replaced; damaged refrigerator must be repaired; inadequate sanitizer levels; walk-in door seal must be cleaned; cannot have cloth covering pasta (corrected).

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