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By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

The Environmental Public Health Office of the Henry County Health Department conducted two routine, one complaint and four temporary inspections during the second week of June. County inspectors identified two critical violations and three non-critical violations during that time period.

Unless there is an immediate risk to public health and safety, Indiana regulations give business owners 10 days to review food inspection reports before releasing them to the public.

Starlight Food Mart in New Castle had two critical and three non-critical violations during a complaint inspection June 12. According to the report, Henry County health inspectors found the interior of the ice machine soiled to the touch. The report stated the machine should be drained, cleaned and sanitized. The handwash sink was observed soiled with food/debris in the drain. The report stated the sink also required cleaning and sanitizing.

There were no paper towels at the hand sink, as required. No waste container was observed at the hand sink for discarding used paper towels. The floor drain by the ice machine was stagnant during the inspection and found to be not draining. 

The Big Easy at Belgian Horse Winery in Middletown had no violations during a routine inspection June 12.

L&B Concession, Quack Daddy Donuts, Jessup's and Big B at Knightstown Jubilee Days in Knightstown had no violations during temporary inspections June 12.

As of Friday, Knightstown Chamber of Commerce in Knightstown had no food-related violations.

According to the Indiana State Health Department (ISHD), critical violations are "more likely than other violations to significantly contribute to food contamination, illness or environmental health hazard." Restaurant operators are required by law to correct critical violations at the time of inspection, unless the health inspector agrees to a longer time frame to correct more complex issues.

For more information on local restaurant inspection reports, visit the health department at 1201 Race St., Suite 208, New Castle, or call 765-521-7059.

To view an online copy of the Indiana Retail Food Establishment Sanitation Requirements, visit www.henryco.net/HealthDeptEnviroPublic.aspx.