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.
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 October and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:
Aqua, 12916 Conamar Drive — * shrimp thawing in sink (corrected); damaged seal on ice machine (corrected); raw wood next to dish machine needs to be sealed.
Fuji Chinese Cuisine and Sushi, 11205 John F. Kennedy Drive — * rice observed out of temperature (corrected); wipe cloths observed out of sanitizer; hand sink blocked; hood filter must be cleaned; equipment line must be cleaned; freezer missing thermometer (corrected); uncovered food observed in freezer (corrected).
Pittman’s Market, 345 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Hancock — * hot hold products including fried chicken and gravy held at too low of a temperature (corrected); light shields observed missing in walk-in freezer; hand sink blocked (corrected); damaged exhaust filter on cook line; single-service items such as plastic knives, forks and spoons not properly stored (corrected); cove base on inside and outside of produce cooler must be replaced; floors damaged around three-compartment sink; excessive condensation in walk-in refrigerator; gasket damaged on walk-in dairy cooler; Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Point plan (HACCP) needed; unlabeled bottle in meat room.
The following food service establishments were inspected by the Washington County Health Department in October and found to have sanitation violations that must be corrected within 30 days:
Alex Convenience Store, 280 N. Main St., Boonsboro — soap needed in employee restrooms.
Boonsboro Athletic Boosters, 10 Campus Drive, Boonsboro — counter in food preparation area needs to be made smooth so it is easy to clean.
Creekside Inn, 1225 Security Road — hood filters must be cleaned; fan grills must be cleaned in walk-in unit; single-service item observed stored on the floor.
Friendly’s, 12814-D Shank Farm Way — light observed burned out in hood (corrected).
Hancock Mobil & Subway, 189 W. Main St., Hancock — excessive ice build-up on shelves in walk-in freezer; insufficient lighting in walk-in refrigerator.
Hancock Town Tavern, 15 W. Main St., Hancock — uncovered trash receptacle in women’s restroom.
Maloo’s Pub & Grill, 11353 Robinwood Drive — wipe towels observed out of sanitizer; light burned out in hood system; seal around hood must be repaired; floor behind bar must be repaired; loose ceiling tiles observed; no thermometer in cooler unit (corrected); cooking line must be cleaned; hand sink blocked.
Mason-Dixon Dragway, 21003 National Pike, Boonsboro — chemical test strips needed to check level of sanitizer; frozen condensation observed on floor of walk-in freezer.
Maugansville Creamery, 13803 Maugansville Road, Maugansville — wall around air conditioner must be repaired.
McDonald’s, 1729 Massey Blvd. — ice machine must be cleaned; weather stripping missing on back door; condensation observed on ceiling of walk-in freezer (repeat violation); vent cover in dry storage area missing (repeat violation); low concentration observed in wet wiping cloth buckets (corrected).
Potomac River Grill, 4 Blue Hill, Hancock — sanitizer concentration too high in dish machine; floor fan in downstairs kitchen needs to be cleaned.
Pizza Hut, 1085 Maryland Ave. — inside of ice machine needs to be cleaned and sanitized; base coving along floor under storage shelf needs to be repaired; back door propped open during dish washer installation; flies observed in kitchen and restaurant needs to schedule appointment with pest control company.
Pizza Hut, 100 Railway Lane — tongs observed lying handle-down and touching lettuce in sandwich prep unit (corrected); thermometer broken in one freezer and no thermometer observed in another freezer; pressure gauge on dishwasher must be replaced.
Shives Pizza, 119 E. Main St., Hancock — cold water not working at hand sink; floor damaged at three-compartment sink.
Valley Concessions, 13502 Loy Wolf Road, Smithsburg — wipe cloths observed out of sanitizer.
Wilson Ruritan, 16204 National Pike — HACCP plan needed.
The following establishments did not have any violations in October: 1828 Trail Inn, 10 W. Main St., Hancock; Hickory Farms, 17301 Valley Mall Road; Manidokan Camp & Retreat Center, 1600 Harpers Ferry Road, Knoxville; St. Mary’s Catholic School, 218 W. Washington St.; Southeastern Senior Site, 40 Mount Vernon Drive, Keedysville; Turn the Page Bookstore, 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro; Washington County Human Development, 443 Brewer Ave.; Western Enterprise Fire Co. No. 4, 526 Washington Square; and Wilson’s Store, 14921 Rufus Wilson Road, Clear Spring.