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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 18 routine inspections during the second and third weeks of December. County inspectors identified three critical violations and 13 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.

Town Tavern in New Castle had one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Dec. 10. The three-compartment sink faucet was leaking and in need of repair.

Ming’s Garden in New Castle had one critical and two non-critical violations during a routine inspection Dec. 11. The exhaust hood and storage racks in the walk-in cooler were observed not maintained. The spray nozzle at the dish machine did not have an air gap. Floor tiles in the kitchen were broken and missing; a couple of ceiling tiles were missing, as well.

Hoosier Daddy’s in New Castle had one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Dec. 13. The exhaust hood, deep fryer and the side of the grill were observed not maintained.

New Castle Roadhouse in New Castle had three non-critical violations during a routine inspection Dec. 17. During the inspection, the bar beverage dispenser nozzle and charbroiler were observed not maintained. The building’s main backflow prevention valve had a leak, and several buckets were sitting around to catch water from different leaks in the roof.

Long John Silver in New Castle had two non-critical violations during a routine inspection Dec. 17. The heat lamp above the deep fryer and the floor under the cooking equipment were observed not maintained.

Sugarbakers in Knightstown had two non-critical violations during a routine inspection Dec. 18. The kitchen area was accessible to persons unnecessary to its operation during the inspection. The freezer also had ice build up and was in need of defrosting.

Fast Shop N Go in New Castle had one critical violation during a routine inspection Dec. 19. Health inspectors found a unit of Wisconsin Cheese meat and cheese products with a measured temperature of 50-51 degrees.

Iron Kettle in Sulphur Springs had one critical and two non-critical violations during a routine inspection Dec. 19. According to the inspection report, inspectors found several containers of ready-to-eat food in a walk-in cooler without a date mark indicating when the products were placed in refrigeration. A plastic drinking glass was being used as a scoop in the ice machine. The faucet in the three-compartment sink was also found loose and not secure to the sink.

As of Friday, Quick Shop, New Castle High School, Big Bounce, VFW Post #1282, Fraternal Order of Eagles #933, Gas & Food Mart, Top Hat Two, Feed the Sheep Ministry, Paula’s Catering and Gibson Arena 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 765-521-7059.

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