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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 10 routine inspections, one follow-up and one remodel inspection during the third week of February.

County inspectors identified 14 critical violations and 20 non-critical violations during that time.

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.

SK Oil Inc. in New Castle had three critical and five non-critical violations during a routine inspection Feb. 20. According to the inspection report, there were open bags of food in the reach-in freezer. There was also opened employee food and drinks stored over food in a reach-in cooler by the pizza oven. Used utensils were being stored on lids in a reach-in cooler, as well.

Health inspectors observed food debris soiling the drink nozzles at the soda machine and cappuccino machine and the ice chute. There was no soap at the hand wash sink, loose food on the walk-in freezer floor, and a can of Drano stored on the ware washing sink.

The lids were missing from the dumpster and trash was surrounding the dumpster.

Patral Petroleum in New Castle had two critical and three non-critical violations during a routine inspection Feb. 20. Eggs were stored in a reach-in cooler over drinks. There was no paper towel at the hand wash sink. Loose food was found in the bottom of the reach-in freezer. Inspectors observed a mop stored or drying in the mop sink and a can of WD-40 stored over ready-to-eat food.

Long John Silver’s in New Castle had one critical and three non-critical violations during a routine inspection Feb. 20. Inspectors found an employee’s personal drink sitting on a food prep table. A pan of cooked green beans in a hot holding unit was uncovered and unprotected during the inspection. The deep fryer and the floors under the deep fryer were soiled.

Elks Lodge Bingo in New Castle had two critical violations during a routine inspection Feb. 20. A flat of raw shell eggs was stored over ready-to-eat food in a reach-in cooler. Also, a single-use cup that was not provided by the establishment was observed refilled for a customer. According to the inspection report, only cups that are provided onsite can be refilled during the day of service.

Scooters Bar & Grill in New Castle had one critical and one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Feb. 22. Two cartons of raw shell eggs were observed stored over ready-to-eat food and the lights in the kitchen did not have the required shielding.

Town Tavern in New Castle had one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Feb. 22. There was no hot water at the hand sink in the men’s restroom because the faucet needs repaired.

Sparky’s Dog House in Mt. Summit had two critical and two non-critical violations during a routine inspection Feb. 22. According to the retail food establishment inspection report, lettuce was stored on a shelf with eggs in the walk-in cooler. There were open bags and containers of food stored in the refrigerator, freezer and counter. The ham in the walk-in cooler measured at 47 degrees, and the ice scoop was stored directly on the lid of the ice bin.

Sky Mart in New Castle had three critical and five non-critical violations during a routine inspection Feb. 23. Henry County health inspectors observed eggs stored over ready-to-eat food in the food prep cooler and reach-in coolers for the public. Open bags of food were found in the reach-in coolers. Prepared sandwiches in hot holding measured under 123 degrees; the minimum required temperature is 135 degrees.

Inspectors also found sandwiches in the customer cooler that did not have the required date marking. Utensils were found being stored inappropriately between use. Single-use cups were stored directly on the floor. There was food residue on the drink dispensers and ice machine, and there was no paper towel at the sinks in the employee restroom or food prep area. 

Denny’s in Spiceland had no violations during a follow-up inspection Feb. 23. Hand sinks were in place and construction debris had been removed before the inspection. The report said the business is good to operate.

As of Friday, Raintree Friends Housing and Papa John’s Pizza in New Castle 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 765-521-7056.

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