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Restaurant inspections for April 2013

August 03, 2013

How it works

The Herald-Mail periodically 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 April and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

Throttles, 236-238 Cumberland St., Clear Spring — * cold-hold products including whole ribeye, beef patties and cheese out of temperature range (corrected); floors must be cleaned in areas including walk-in cooler; no chemical test strips found at three-compartment sink; lighting insufficient in walk-in cooler; hole in restroom ceiling; condenser fan in walk-in cooler must be cleaned; restroom ventilation fans must be cleaned.


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

Clear Spring Little League, Clear Spring Park, Clear Spring — door sweep needed on outside door; no thermometer in freezer; Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Point plan (HACCP) needed.

Dixie Diner, 4 N. Main St., Smithsburg — fan grill must be cleaned; uncovered food found in freezer.

Four States Livestock, 501 E. First St., Hagerstown — stainless steel must be used to keep cool air in sandwich prep unit; cardboard not cleanable (corrected); refrigerator broken (all food discarded), facility has 30 days to repair or replace unit.

Friendly’s, 12814-D Shank Farm Way, Hagerstown — hand sink blocked (corrected); wipe cloths not stored in sanitizer (corrected); light out in hood system (corrected).

Golden Corral, 7635 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown — standing water found under sink in produce section; fruit flies observed (corrected, area mopped).

Grace Academy, 13321 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown — insufficient air gap on drain line from ice machine; HACCP plan needed.

LVF Activity Center, 21140 Leitersburg Pike, Leitersburg — thermometers missing in refrigerator unit; all refrigerator units must be below 41 degrees (not to be used until temperature is corrected).

McDonald’s, 1729 Massey Blvd., Hagerstown — bucket of lemons observed stored in potable ice bin (corrected); thermometer needed in refrigerator unit (corrected); excessive condensation found on ceiling and floor of walk-in freezer; wet wiping cloth observed on counter (corrected); sanitizer too weak for clean cloth bucket (corrected); sweep needed for back door.

Potomac Heights Elementary School, 301 E. Magnolia Ave., Hagerstown — leak found at dish machine.

Rita’s Italian Ice, 17220 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown — wet wiping cloths observed on counter (corrected).

Smithsburg Little Sluggers, 22 N. Main St., Smithsburg — repair needed on door; sweep needed on door.

Smithsburg Middle School, 68 N. Main St., Smithsburg — condensation build-up found in freezer, gasket on door must be repaired; splash guard must be repaired on dish machine.

Winter Street Elementary School, 59 Winter St., Hagerstown — door sweep needed on back door.



No violations

The following establishments did not have any violations in April:

— Autumn Assisted Living, 310 Cameo Drive, Hagerstown

— Hickory Elementary School, 11101 Hickory School Road, Hagerstown

— Jimmy John’s, 1723 Dual Highway, Hagerstown

— LJ’s and the Kat Lounge, 1130 Conrad Court, Hagerstown

— Maugansville Little League, 13725 Maugansville Road, Maugansville

— Roy Rogers, 1719 Massey Blvd., Hagerstown

— Smithsburg Elementary School, 67 N. Main St., Smithsburg

— Smithsburg High School, 66 N. Main St., Smithsburg

— Washington County Senior Center and Girls Inc., 626 Washington Ave., Hagerstown

— Wolfe’s Den, 6 W. Water St., Smithsburg

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