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FOOD INSPECTION REPORTS

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

The Environmental Public Health Office of the Henry County Health Department conducted 12 routine, one complaint and three temporary inspections during the third week of September. County inspectors identified seven critical violations and 14 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 three critical and one non-critical violations during a routine inspection Sept. 17. Henry County health inspectors found food without the required date marking in the reach-in cooler. Inspectors observed an employee dump waste water in the sanitizing sink of the three-compartment sink; this sink may not be used as a dump sink. A can of WD-40 was stored on the three-compartment sink. Drains in and next to the mop sink were filled with slow moving water; they need to be functioning as waste is accumulating in them.

Dollar General on Broad Street in New Castle had one critical and one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Sept. 17. According to the inspection report, spilled milk was curdling on the bottom of reach-in coolers. Wrappers/towels were stained and stuck on the bottom shelf of the coolers. Loose wrappers and refuse were found on the floor in the storage room and store floor.

Taco Bell in New Castle had three non-critical violations during a routine inspection Sept. 17. Inspectors found residue in the ice machine chutes; the machines should be unplugged, drained, cleaned, sanitized and dried before plugging back in for operation. There was a gap between the employe exit door and the floor; this gap could be an access for insects. Loose food was found on the floor in the food prep area, walk-in cooler and freezer units.

AVI at Crown in New Castle had one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Sept. 17. There was debris accumulating behind the vending counter.

Itty Bitty Baker in Knightstown had one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Sept. 18. Inspectors observed loose food on the floor and in ware storage spaces.

Speedway in Knightstown had one critical and two non-critical violations during a routine inspection Sept. 18. The ice machine was soiled with debris; it should be drained, cleaned and sanitized. A note on the inspection report suggested the staff use a clear bucket to check clarity of ice produced by the ice machine due to ongoing issues with the machine. An ice cream scoop was stored directly on a soda concentrate box. There was loose food on the floor under the soda concentrate boxes and in the food prep and three-compartment sink area.

The Birch Tree Cafe & Bakery had one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Sept. 18. The ice machine was soiled by debris.

Casey’s General Store in New Castle had two critical and four non-critical violations during a routine inspection Sept. 19. Inspectors observed open boxes of food in the walk-in unit by the three-compartment sink. There were also open boxes of food contaminated by frozen condensation in the walk-in freezer by the three-compartment sink. Air vents over the food prep tables were soiled with dust and debris.

Soda concentrate nozzles were stored directly on the floor while connected to hoses and actively-used concentrates. Dumpster lids open in one unit outside and the enclosed pen had loose trash on the ground. There were loose tiles on the floor at the freezer entrance by the three-compartment sink. Loose food was found in the enclosed make table by the oven and on the floor in the walk-in freezers. The drain by the three-compartment sink was “mostly blocked with grime.”

Wendy’s in New Castle had no violations during a complaint inspection Sept. 17.

Yummerful, Kings Arthurs LLC and Pappies Lunch Box at Belgian Horse Winery had no violations during a temporary inspection Sept. 18.

As of Friday, Henry County Jail and Tru Harbor YOC in New Castle had no food-related violations. Casey’s General Store in Spiceland had no food-related violations. Ivy Wreath Floral 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.