Restaurant inspections for March 2010

July 03, 2010

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

o Friendly's, 12814-A Shank Farm Way - * chicken in sandwich prep unit at 59 degrees and cheese atop unit at 60 degrees (chicken and cheese discarded); * marinara sauce at 118 degrees (corrected, sauce reheated); scoop handle in coleslaw (corrected); light out in dry storage.

o Leiters' Fine Catering, 2 Brandy Drive, Williamsport - * three dented cans (two marinara sauce and one cream of mushroom soup) (corrected); must reseal dishwashing table to wall; must seal hole in ceiling by Ansul system and hot water heater, and hole in wall in back storage area.

o The Peach Pub, 43 S. Potomac St. - * ice machine was open with molded insulation above (corrected, ice discarded); must clean area around equipment, vents and interior of Howard refrigerator; unshielded lights above prep area; vents missing at hood; thermometer needs calibrating; insufficient light in freezer (corrected); cracked drip line for ice machine leaking and water pooled on floor; restroom doors not self-closing; no covered trash can in women's restroom; hole in wall in men's restroom; improperly stored single-serve items in various locations.

o Ruby Tuesday, 1645 Wesel Blvd. - * dented can of jalapeno pepper slices (corrected); single-serve items should be stored food side down (corrected); must clean can opener (corrected); must close Dumpster lid; must clean bottom of Delfield freezer by grill.

o Red Lobster, 1681 Wesel Blvd. - * five trays of Parmesan shrimp observed at 50 degrees, prepped less than two hours and moved to walk-in cooler to rechill (corrected); dishwasher operating below wash temperature of 160 degrees; must clean two grill light covers.

o Tops Buffet, 18730 North Village Plaza - * sticky and severely dented can of mandarin oranges in dry storage area (can removed); must properly seal back door at bottom and make it self-closing; use of improper scoop (plastic bowl) in flour container (corrected); ceiling tiles in kitchen have water stains; must clean can opener (removed for cleaning); repair/replace gasket around walk-in freezer door; various food items in walk-in freezer were uncovered; light intensity too low in walk-in freezer and cooler; ice/frost buildup on ceiling and shelving in walk-in freezer; food items stored on floor in cardboard boxes in walk-in freezer and cooler; must clean vents in men's and women's restrooms.

o Wendy's, 1570 Wesel Blvd. - * slightly dented cans at seal (mandarin oranges) (corrected); must clean ceiling vent in storage area; must repair/replace ceiling tile over three-compartment sink.

The following food service establishments were inspected by the Washington County Health Department in March and found to have sanitation violations that must be corrected within 30 days.

o Academy Theatre Banquet & Conference Center, 58 E. Washington St. - must clean bottom of Imperial freezer.

o Al Pomodoro, 1101 Opal Court - must clean can opener (corrected); no soap at hand sink near prep area (corrected); no paper towels at hand sink in dishwashing area (corrected); leak at dishwasher; light out in walk-in freezer and refrigerator and salad walk-in unit; ice scoop in ice machine (corrected); dishes stored below 18 inches above the floor; covered trash can not seen in women's restroom; mold observed inside walk-in.

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