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By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

The Environmental Public Health Office of the Henry County Health Department conducted 13 routine and two temporary inspections during the last week of May and first week of June. County inspectors identified five critical violations and four 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.

Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant in New Castle had three critical and two non-critical violations during a routine inspection May 22. A container of raw beef was found stored on top of a box of ready-to-eat food in the walk in cooler. Boxes of chips and a bag of onions were stored on the floor and the dish machine was observed not sanitizing during the final rinse cycle.

Three five-gallon buckets of cheese sauce measured at 82 degrees and were sitting out of refrigeration or hot holding. Two five-gallon buckets of sour cream measured at 79 degrees. A large container of chicken broth that was sitting out measured at 106 degrees. Henry County health inspectors also found 73 pounds of pork in a box sitting out thawing at room temperature with a measured temp of 67 degrees.

LJ’s Quik Thru had two non-critical violations during a routine inspection May 31. Several boxes of out-dated medicines were for sale during the inspection. The beverage dispensing nozzle on the slushies was also observed soiled.

Itty Bitty Bakery in Knightstown had one critical violation during a routine inspection June 1. Inspectors found an employee drink and cell phone on a food preparation surface. 

Pat Voris Construction in Knightstown had one critical violation during a temporary inspection June 1. The hand wash sink was not set up during the inspection.

Steve’s Kettle Corn at the U.S. Hwy 40 Yard Sale had no violations during a temporary inspection.

As of Friday, Christian Love Help Center, Walnut Ridge Campground, Cornerstone Campground, Casey’s General Store, Tropical Shaved Ice Mobile Unit 1, WeeNee World, KFC, Vi Snedigar’s Rib House and Henry County Jail in New Castle had no food-related violations. Brian Pedro’s Ice Cream Truck hand 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.