Restaurant inspections for August 2009

October 10, 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.

Location of establishments is Hagerstown unless otherwise noted.

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.

Always Ron's Restaurant, 29 N. Burhans Blvd. - * shredded cheese not kept cold enough (corrected); light needed in walk-in cooler; leak at hand sink must be repaired; ventilation needed in restrooms; exhaust vent in women's restroom must be cleaned; improper metering of faucet at hand sink.

Break Away II Sports Lounge, 13726 Pennsylvania Ave. - * food in refrigerator not kept cold enough (all items removed); hood filters and walk-in cooler must be cleaned; inadequate lighting in storage areas; lights out in dishwashing area; wall near dishwashing area, drain line from walk-in cooler and storage area ceiling must be repaired; food cannot be stored on floor in freezer; ice buildup on food must be removed; hazard plan must be available on site.

Burger King, 10516 Sharpsburg Pike - * Swiss cheese not cold enough (corrected); light bulbs needed in walk-ins; area under shelves must be cleaned; food cannot be stored unprotected in freezer (corrected); inadequate plumbing for soda dispenser.

Byers Stop 'n Go, 102 Burhans Blvd. - * steamers and meatballs not kept hot enough (discarded); * chicken chowder not kept hot enough (reheated); * sandwich meats not kept cold enough (rechilled); hand sink needs supplies (corrected); vent covers and can opener must be cleaned; cutting board must be replaced; thermometers needed in all refrigeration units; hazard plan must be available on site.

Comfort Suites, 1801 Dual Highway - * scrambled eggs not kept hot enough (reheated); equipment must be commercial grade.

Food Lion, 761 E. Wilson Blvd. - * dented cans on shelves (removed from sale); * whole deli meats not kept cold enough (rechilled); * chicken tenders not kept hot enough (reheated); insufficient air gap at three-compartment sink; mop improperly stored (corrected); thermometers needed in all refrigeration units.

Fountain Head Country Club, 13316 Fountainhead Road - * dented cans on storage shelves (corrected); lights needed in vent hood and walk-in cooler (corrected); ice scoop stored improperly (corrected); gloves needed during food preparation; light intensity inadequate at grill; cutting board at snack bar must be replaced.

Frederick Liberty, 70 Frederick St. - * cheese and bologna not kept cold enough (moved to other unit); * pizza not kept hot enough (reheated); food unprotected in freezer (discarded); ceiling tiles must be repaired; microwave must be cleaned; area under food preparation must be repaired; chemical test strips must be available.

Imperial Chinese Restaurant, 13112 Pennsylvania Ave. - * raw chicken not kept cold enough (corrected); * steamed rice not kept hot enough (corrected); hot water needed at hand sink (corrected); paper towels needed at hand sink (corrected); napkins cannot be used to cover food (corrected); ice scoop improperly stored (corrected); screen door doesn't protect against vermin; gasket on refrigeration unit must be repaired; insufficient lighting at cooler door (corrected).

Ledo Pizza, 1423 Dual Highway - * chicken salad not kept cold enough (removed from sale); back door not self-closing; pizza oven and restroom exhaust vents must be cleaned.

Leiters Fine Catering, 2 Brandy Drive, Williamsport - * dented can of mushrooms (removed); hand sink cannot be blocked (corrected); food cannot be stored on floor of walk-ins; back door must be self-closing; bowed ceiling tiles must be replaced; surfaces must be smooth and cleanable.

Little Caesars Pizza, 420 E. Antietam St. - * shredded cheese not kept cold enough; floors must be cleaned; missing floor tiles and ceiling tiles must be repaired; garbage container must be covered.

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