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By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

The Environmental Public Health Office of the Henry County Health Department conducted 14 routine, two follow-up, two temporary and one pre-operational inspection during the third week of September. County inspectors identified three critical violations and two 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.

Dollar Tree in New Castle had one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Sept. 10. The reach-in cooler/freezer doors were wrapped with duct tap on a handle and tape was on most doors, leaving a sticky residue and mold build up around the tape.

New Castle Head Start had one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Sept. 14. Inspectors found that water temperature at hand wash sinks in five classrooms measured between 72-80 degrees. The water needs to reach at least 100 degrees per regulations. 

Garden Inn in New Castle had three critical violations during a routine inspection Sept. 17. The ice maker chute was soiled with debris. There was a plumbing leak under a two-compartment sink in the kitchen. The cabinet under the sink was showing signs of mold or mildew growth during the inspection.

Henry County health inspectors also observed signs of dead insects or infestation in a cabinet where bags of cereal are stored. The inspection report noted that the business owner needs to provide the health department a receipt of inspection and/or treatment from a licensed pest control professional as evidence of correction.

Sunoco FoodMart in New Castle had several violations during a pre-operational inspection Sept. 17. According to the narrative report, there were no paper towels provided at the hand sink in the warewashing area and the restroom. The faucet was leaking in the three-compartment sink. There was no water heater and the hottest temperature at all faucets was 71 degrees. Packaging bags did not have the required labeling identifying the store name and location.

The Henry County Health Department advised the new store owner to contact the building commissioner’s office, the fire department and the sanitary district for further inspections and permits. After completing those items, the owner can schedule a final health department inspection.

Purdylicious Kettle Corn at the Middletown Fall Fun Fest had no violations during a temporary inspection Sept. 14.

Steak N Shake had no violations during a follow-up inspection Sept. 10. According to the report, items cited from Aug. 27 had been addressed by management. Some debris remained under immovable cabinets on the cookline during the inspection. A note on the report stated the drain cover under the ice machine was scheduled to be cleaned by Sept. 27.

Early Bird Diner had no violations during a follow-up inspection Sept. 10. The refrigeration unit had been repaired prior to the inspection and the ice machine was scheduled for another cleaning.

As of Friday, New Castle Senior Center Cafe, CVS Pharmacy, AVI at Crown, Canteen Vending at TS Tech, Jacob’s Family Orchard, Dollar General, Dairy Queen, Wendy’s and Twin Lions in New Castle had no food-related violations. Summit Mart and 1000º Woodfired Pizza in Mt. Summit and Casey’s General Store in Spiceland 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.