Restaurant inspections for March 2009

May 17, 2009

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 March and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately.

Autumn Assisted Living, 310 Cameo Drive, Hagerstown - * dented cans of tuna and peaches on shelf (corrected); * prepared food item placed on wet tray (corrected); * cheese bowl stored on eggs (eggs were cracked) (corrected); food license must be posted (corrected); boxes cannot be stored on floor; storage area, exhaust hood vents and can opener must be cleaned; coats cannot be stored on paper products; chemical test strips must be available; inadequate air gap at dish machines; unprotected food cannot be stored under raw chicken; cracked eggs cannot be stored above produce; meats cannot be stored with onion rings in freezer; duct tape not allowed on pipes; freezer and leaking faucet must be repaired.

Bob Evans Farms, 190 Railway Lane, Hagerstown - * refrigerator not at adequate temperature (all food discarded); * dented can of pickles (corrected); wall near juice machine, inside of ice bin, floor under ice bins, shelving, microwave, outside of ice machine and floor of freezer must be cleaned; ceiling tiles must be repositioned; gasket in refrigeration unit must be repaired.

Brothers Pizza Express, 1732 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - * dented cans of jalapeo peppers, pineapple and spaghetti sauce (corrected); * food stored at inadequate temperature (corrected); wet wiping cloths must be stored in sanitizer; boxes cannot be stored on floor; vents and floor in walk-in and area around trash container must be cleaned; chemical test strips must be available; single-serve items must be protected; trash container and grease barrel must be closed; cardboard cannot be on floor (corrected); mops improperly stored; inadequate exhaust in restroom vents; food containers cannot be stored in mop storage area; restroom walls must be smooth and cleanable; hot water tank not sufficient capacity; ceiling leak must be repaired; surfaces must be smooth and cleanable; improper wash/rinse procedures in use; leaking faucet must be repaired; hole near rear exit must be sealed.

Country Hill Deli, 1583 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown - * dips left out for customers to sample without refrigeration (corrected); crates and boxes cannot be stored on floor; walk-in floor must be smooth and cleanable; light bulbs must be shielded.

Court Yard Cafe, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown - * chicken salad and hot dogs not kept at proper temperature (corrected); floor must be smooth and cleanable; improper wash/rinse procedure in place (corrected); food cannot be handled with bare hands; freezer not cold enough; hand sink cannot be obstructed; single-serve items stored improperly; inadequate air gap at soda machine; vents must be cleaned; doughnuts and pretzels stored unprotected; chemical test strips must be available; containers stored improperly.

Durango, 10-12 E. Washington St., Hagerstown - * tamales, cheese and chicken stored at inadequate temperature (corrected); unshielded light bulbs in kitchen and dry storage; shelves in dry storage must be cleaned and repaired; cardboard must be removed from shelves; nonfood-grade containers cannot be stored on counter; employee clothing cannot be stored on shelves; plate cannot be used as sugar scoop; exhaust hood must be cleaned; open food cannot be stored in freezer; freezer not at adequate temperature; peeling paint in mop room must be corrected; holes in three-compartment sink must be repaired; stopper needed in three-compartment sink; trash receptacle must be kept closed; ceiling tile must be repaired; single-serve items stored improperly.

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