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By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

The Environmental Public Health Office of the Henry County Health Department conducted 12 routine inspections during the third week of November. County inspectors identified three 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.

Riley Elementary School in New Castle had one critical violation during a routine inspection Nov. 13. According to the inspection report, there were two pans of mashed potatoes in hot holding with a measured temperature of 101 degrees.

Speedway on Broad Street in New Castle had one critical and one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Nov. 14. Health inspectors observed several items on the roller grill with a measured internal temperature of 107-110 degrees. The floor in the food prep area was also soiled with debris.

Harvest Supermarket in Middletown had one critical and one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Nov. 19. Three cartons of raw shell eggs were stored over ready-to-eat cheese in a walk-in cooler. The deli slicer and hot holding unit in the meat cutting room was also observed soiled.

Dollar General in Middletown had one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Nov. 19. The men’s restroom was missing a hand sink and the women’s restroom toilet was not working and was unable to flush during the inspection. According to the inspection report, the repair is considered vital to the continual operation of the facility and must be corrected within one week.

A follow-up will be required to determine if further action by the Henry County Health Department would be warranted. The report also noted if the facility failed to correct the violations, a temporary closure would be required until the repair was complete.

Sweet Expressions Bakery & Cafe and Corner Tavern in Middletown were closed for business during routine inspection Nov. 19. 

As of Friday, Ricker Oil Company/Subway, Papa Pepperoni’s Pizza, Scorecard Lounge and American Legion Post #216 in Middletown had no food-related violations. Sunnyside Elementary School and The Paint Party Parlor 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.