Restaurant inspections for May 2010

September 05, 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 May and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

AC&T/Smithsburg Exxon, 22507 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg - * bologna and ham displayed with temperature of 52 degrees (discarded); crab cakes should be included on hazard analysis critical control point plan (HACCP plan)(corrected); food items not properly labeled.

Garfield's Restaurant & Pub, 17301 Valley Mall Road, Halfway - * salad sandwich prep unit at 50 degrees (items out less than 2 hours were rechilled); * beef in grill drawer with temperature at 63 degrees (discarded); * dented can of cheese sauce and dented can of artichoke hearts (cans discarded); * coleslaw temperature at 50 degrees (discarded); must clean wall behind shelving in kitchen prep area, and ceiling vents in women's restroom; must clean or reseal wall behind dishwasher area; frozen condensation on shelving and box in freezer; must repair/replace ceiling tile by dishwashing area; need tight seal on ceiling vent cover in dishwashing area; paper towels at bar hand sink must be in dispenser; need tight seal on oven door.

Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown, 18601 Roxbury Road - * veal patty at dietary steam table not hot enough (product removed and reheated); * dented cans (discarded); peeling paint on ceiling of walk-in No. 6; no lid on salt storage container in dry storage (container removed); must clean ceiling of walk-in No. 5 (corrected); ice buildup on boxes of veal in walk-in freezer (boxes moved from under condenser); dishwasher rinse temperature gauge not working.

Maryland Correctional Training Center, 18800 Roxbury Road - * dented cans of plums in dry storage area (discarded); must repair three-compartment sink in prep area; must repair three-compartment sink drain; broken soap dispenser at the wash room hand sink in the officer's dining room; hand sink at wash room in officer's dining room was blocked (corrected).

Potomac Fish & Game Club, 14241 Falling Waters Road, Williamsport - * swollen can of sliced pears (discarded) and dented cans of northern beans and pineapple slices (discarded); must clean nozzle on bar soda dispenser, faucet handles on hand sink in prep kitchen, and floor of walk-in beer cooler, walk-in cooler, and walk-in freezer; must repair/replace floor tile in bar area so smooth and easily cleanable; must enclose ceiling in dishwasher area; dishwasher not dispensing correct amount of sanitizer.

Rick's China Garden, 17301 Valley Mall Road, Halfway - * beverage cooler temperature too high (discarded juice and mixer); must clean inside metal strip on ice machine, bucket used to store sugar, outside lids and sides of containers used to store rice and flour, outside door of walk-in freezer, floor of walk-in freezer, floor under shelving in walk-in cooler, storage shelves by kitchen prep sink, floor and shelves in storage room, light switch and cover in storage room, wall behind mop sink, mop sink, and wheels on cart; bare wood used on freezer floor; storage area needs to be sealed or painted so smooth and easily cleanable; food stored unprotected in walk-in cooler; clean trash bags used to cover food.

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

AC&T/Big Pool Exxon, 11079 Big Pool Road, Big Pool - incomplete labeling on items in display cooler.

AC&T Fuel Center, 11564 Hopewell Road - must clean floor under cook line and fan grating on condenser units in walk-in refrigerator; new door sweep needed at bottom of door leading to outside.

AC&T, 1615 Wesel Blvd. - chemical test strips needed for chlorine; handle of scoop touching sugar (corrected).

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