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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 March and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:
Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits, 17524 Valley Mall Road — * chicken observed at temperature of 50 degrees at breading station (corrected, fixed ice bath levels and chicken cooled to 41 degrees); scoop handle touching flour in bulk container (corrected); Dumpster lid open (corrected); paper towels on counter and not in dispenser (corrected).
The following food service establishments were inspected by the Washington County Health Department in March and found to have sanitation violations that had to be corrected within 30 days:
Arby’s, 17794 Garland Groh Blvd. — items in freezer must be covered; tong handles observed laying in food in freezer (corrected); hot water in men’s and women’s restrooms not providing sufficient metered flow.
Broad Axe Bar and Restaurant, 28 W. Franklin St. — thermometer needed in large white chest; condensation observed on rim of white freezer; top of ramp to kitchen must be sealed and made easy to clean; baseboards and floors in kitchen must be thoroughly cleaned under fryer, grill and other equipment.
Burger King, 17532 Valley Mall Road — thermometer needed in cold-hold unit near grill/fryer.
Chuck E. Cheese, 17618 Valley Mall Road — dishwasher observed running at 95 degrees and sanitizer line needs to be primed (corrected); wet wiping cloths not stored in sanitizer bucket (corrected); two cases of dough sheets stored on floor (corrected).
Robin’s Cove and Patient Food Service, Meritus Medical Center, 11116 Medical Campus Road — light out in hood in cook’s area.
Rocky’s New York Pizza, 11351 Robinwood Drive — Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Point plan needed; spray bottle unlabeled (corrected); floor damaged by walk-in unit; gap in door; jars of mayonnaise on floor (corrected).
Sportsman Den, 223 W. Franklin St. — paper towels needed at hand sink; floor in back storage area and under three-compartment sink must be repaired to make it smooth and easy to clean, exposed wood must be sealed; thermometers needed in freezers; no soap or paper towels in men’s restroom (corrected); no hot water in women’s restroom, handle broken; back door propped open (corrected); sweep needed on bottom of door; live grasshopper observed at entrance to men’s restroom; excessive damage to floor in seating area.
TGI Fridays, 17840 Garland Groh Blvd. — condensation build-up observed in walk-in freezer, door cannot be shut fully for tight seal; floor of walk-in cooler must be cleaned around base coving and corners.
Wendy’s, 17786 Garland Groh Blvd. — broken tile under walk-in freezer door; vent covers for grill hood must be replaced after cleaning.
The following establishments did not have any violations in March:
— Carmine’s Italian Restaurant, 22409 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg
— Meritus Medical Center Coffee Kiosk, 11116 Medical Campus Road
— Starbucks Coffee Co., 17995 Garland Groh Blvd.
— Super 8 Motel, 16805 Blake Road
— Valley Mall Stadium 16, Valley Mall