Restaurant inspections for April 2010

August 07, 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).

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The following food service establishments were inspected by the Washington County Health Department in April and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

o AC&T, 8650 Sharpsburg Pike -- * tomatoes in sandwich prep unit above cold hold temperature of 41 degrees (tomatoes removed and rechilled); must clean can opener; light inside soda walk-in below required brightness; faucets in men's and women's restrooms runs for less than required 15 seconds.

o Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Road -- * no hot water at hand sinks (corrected); insufficient air gap at ice machine (corrected); water on bottom of three-door glass refrigerator; must clean exhaust vents and floor inside walk-in; insufficient sanitizing temperatures at dishwasher (corrected: three-compartment sink to be used until unit is repaired).

o Bester Elementary School, 30 E. Memorial Blvd. -- * breakfast soft-pack coolers closed in walk-in. Milk at 55 degrees. (corrected: Facility unpacked blue coolers and put milk back into crates. All blue coolers must be left open to cold air.).

o El Ranchero of Hagerstown, 1580 Wesel Blvd. -- * food in grill drawers at 50 degrees (meat discarded); must repair wall by soap and paper towel dispensers so it's smooth and easily cleanable; wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution; must repair gasket in bottom left-hand door of sandwich prep unit; must repair gaskets in both grill drawers; must repair/replace paper towel holder in kitchen prep area; must repair fixture for hand sink by dishwasher so not leaking at base of spigot when turned on; must replace toilet seat in employee restroom; must replace lights under grill hood; must clean wall behind dishwasher spray area, condenser box in walk-in cooler, can opener and floor of walk-in freezer; water in drawer where utensils stored (utensils were removed); shopping center needs to repair hole in hallway ceiling.

o Florida Avenue Vocational Center, 840 Florida Ave. -- * seven cans of garbanzo beans dented, with one leaking from seam (Cans discarded); light out in walk-in cooler.

o Gourmet Goat, 41 N. Potomac St. -- * chicken's hot hold temperature is too low (out of temperature for less than two hours; reheated to 165 degrees for 15 seconds); must clean inside plastic strip on ice maker near kitchen, ice maker beside sandwich counter and inside plastic tray of bar ice maker (all three corrected).

o Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant, 1075 Virginia Ave. -- * dented can of bean sprouts (removed from shelf); must clean/repair seal to wall of hand sink in kitchen and seal to wall in dishwashing area; must clean can opener, fan cover in Fogel refrigerator, grill hood filters and pipes for fire suppression system, and floor of walk-in freezer; wet wiping cloths not stored in sanitizing solution; uncovered food in walk-in cooler; must repair wall by kitchen prep sink in various places to make smooth and easily cleanable.

o Quiznos, 18728 North Village -- * food being held hot below required temperature (products discarded); need to replace cutting board at sandwich prep unit; must clean vent above door into kitchen area; brightness in walk-in cooler and freezer too low.

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