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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.
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 December 2012 and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:
Crazy Horse Steak House, 116 Railway Lane, Hagerstown — * dented can of kidney beans observed (corrected); filters missing on both hoods; area under equipment line must be cleaned; crack under outside door must be repaired; fan grills in walk-in unit must be cleaned; spray bottle not labeled (corrected); ceiling over dish machine must be cleaned; light not working in back hood; general cleaning needed in restaurant; thermometer needed in bar cooler; floor tile broken behind bar.
Seven Ten, 19330 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown — * marinara and cheese sauce observed at 110 degrees and 109 degrees, respectively, but the required minimum temperature is 135 degrees (corrected, food discarded); floor under storage shelves by freezers must be repaired.
The following food service establishments were inspected by the Washington County Health Department in December and found to have sanitation violations that had to be corrected within 30 days:
Dick’s Market, 895 Salem Ave., Hagerstown — two-compartment sink blocked by containers of oysters (corrected); several boxes of food products stored on floor.
First Hose Co. of Boonsboro, 5 St. Paul St., Boonsboro — white plastic strip inside ice machine must be cleaned; cart in food preparation area must be cleaned; condensation build-up observed in freezer.
Franklin Street Cafe and Grill, 101 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown — unfinished floor observed in storage closet; light bulb must be replaced under grill hood; improper thawing technique for shrimp (corrected); wet wiping cloths improperly stored.
House of Kobe, 757 Dual Highway, Hagerstown — floor in sushi area must be cleaned; raw wood in sushi area must be painted; food product observed on floor; soda nozzles must be cleaned; ice scoop observed in ice bin; dish machine only reached 140 degrees; walk-in unit must be cleaned; product observed on floor of walk-in; uncovered food observed in walk-in; hood filters must be cleaned; microwave must be cleaned; floor must be cleaned under counter and cooking equipment; test strips not observed at sink.
Mike’s Tavern, 638 N. Prospect St., Hagerstown — wet wiping cloths improperly stored (corrected).
REACH center, 140 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown — hand sink in kitchen observed at 80 degrees and did not reach required minimum of 100 degrees after four minutes of flow.
Turner’s Skate Palace, 17333 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown — Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan not developed or submitted to health department; wiping cloths not stored in sanitizer solution; pizza observed uncovered in freezer; thermometers needed in refrigerators and freezers; choking poster not displayed; no hot water at hand sink behind counter.