Restaurant inspections for July 2009

September 01, 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 July and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

AC&T, Smithsburg Exxon, 22507 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg -- * hot dogs on roller not kept hot enough (reheated).

Bubba's Diner, 200 W. Howard St., Hagerstown -- * three-door refrigeration unit not kept cold enough; improper storage of single-serve items (corrected); exhaust hood must be cleaned; air gap needed at Pepsi and ice machines.

Cancun Cantina/Barefoot Bernie's, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown -- * meat products and ready-to-eat products must be separated and stored properly (corrected); lights must be shatterproof; thermometers needed in all units; ice scoop improperly stored (corrected); walk-in freezer must be defrosted; insufficient lighting in cooler and walk-in freezer; surfaces must be smooth and cleanable; area under chemical storage and behind dishwasher must be cleaned; soap and paper towels needed at all hand sinks; inadequate timing on faucets; need air gap at soda machine; chemical test strips must be available; refrigerator must be repaired (corrected).

Chocolate Park Tavern, 14433 MacAfee Hill Road, Cascade -- * small bar refrigerator not kept cold enough (contents removed); choking poster must be displayed; improper mop storage; cracked floor tiles must be repaired; thermometers needed in all units; aluminum foil cannot be used on shelves; area around vent fans must be cleaned; trash receptacle must be kept closed; insufficient lighting at various locations; chemical test strips must be available.

Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10, 710 N. Main St., Boonsboro -- * dented cans of tuna and tomato juice (removed); trash bin must be covered; insufficient lighting in some equipment; surfaces must be smooth and cleanable; areas around grill and fryers and hood vents must be cleaned; ceiling tiles must be repaired; ventilation needed in restrooms.

Evergreen, 18356 College Road, Hagerstown -- * dented cans of hoisin sauce and bamboo shoots (removed); containers of food cannot be stored on floor of walk-in (corrected); improper scoop for food products; insufficient lighting in walk-in cooler; improper storage of food in cooler (corrected); restroom vent must be cleaned (corrected).

Food Lion, 18360 College Road, Hagerstown -- * dented can of stewed and diced tomatoes (removed); mops improperly stored; hand sink faucet not properly timed.

Food Lion, 17718 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown -- * seven dented cans (discarded); handicapped sink in women's restroom must be resealed to wall; ceiling vents in women's restroom must be cleaned; missing light shield must be replaced; pest control in deli cannot be located over food preparation surface.

Freddie's Subs, 520 Park Lane, Hagerstown -- * too much water on restroom floor (corrected); * overflow observed at ice machine; * refrigerator not keeping food cold enough (contents discarded); insufficient air gap at ice machine; hazard plan must be displayed; chemical test strips must be available.

Garfield's Restaurant and Pub, Valley Mall, Hagerstown -- * fish stored in refrigerator not kept cold enough (all contents discarded); spoons stored improperly (corrected); improper mop storage (corrected); bottom of refrigeration unit needs new gaskets and repairs on cutting area; hand sink at grill line must be resealed to wall; hand sink in dishwashing area cannot be blocked; baseboard must be resealed around grill hand sink; wall around grill hand sink must be cleaned.

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