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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 19 routine, one construction and two pre-operational inspections during the last two weeks of January. County inspectors identified nine critical violations and 17 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.

China Castle in New Castle had one critical and three non-critical violations during a routine inspection Jan. 22. The maximum hot water temperature was measured at 96 degrees. A plastic bowl with no handle was observed being used as a scoop. The faucet at the food prep sink was loose and in need of repair. A sticky glue fly strip was also being used in the kitchen area during the inspection.

Kroger in New Castle had one critical and three non-critical violations during a routine inspection Jan. 23. Bags of frozen fish and raw chicken were found uncovered/unsealed in walk-in refrigeration/freezer units. Broken egg shells were found on the bottom trays in refrigerated egg reach-in coolers. Inspectors also observed broken tiles near a drain behind the blast chiller and fryers. Food debris was found in dry storage, as well.

Mr. Fuel in Spiceland had four non-critical violations during a routine inspection Jan. 23. Food inspectors observed a dairy product nozzle measuring one inch. Inspectors also found a freezer unit in the walk-in freezer leaking over food. A leak under the soft drink mixer was leaking on and damaging surfaces. Inspectors also found soda stains in a storage cabinet next to the drink dispenser. Floors were soiled with debris in the dry storage and walk-in cooler, as well.

Speedway on Memorial Drive in New Castle had two critical and three non-critical violations during a routine inspection Jan. 25. The dairy nozzles were longer than one inch. An oven tray was stored on the internet router. The service sink by the cheese/chili dispenser also had a slow drain.

Inspectors also found the hand wash sink blocked by mop/broom handles. A note on the report stated “staff have very little space for storage and they need help resolving this repeat violation.” The floor under the hand wash and three-compartment sinks and floor of the walk-in cooler were soiled with debris. The cabinet under the service sink was soiled due to previous leaks and disrepair.

Senior Living at Forest Ridge had one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Jan. 25. A reach-in freezer had a build up of frost and ice cream container lids were loose. The report stated the unit needs defrosted to eliminate contamination risk.

Family Dollar in New Castle had one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Jan. 29. A temperature measuring device was not provided or readily accessible in the reach-in coolers or freezer.

Knightstown Quickpix in Knightstown had one critical violation during a routine inspection Jan. 29. Employee drinks were found over drinks in the walk-in cooler and over food at the prep table.

Knightstown Locker in Knightstown had no violations during a routine inspection Jan. 29. Henry County health inspectors noticed the non-pasteurized eggs the business is raising and selling lacked the required business name and address stamp. Inspectors noted the business also needs to register the sale of eggs with the Purdue Egg Board.

Jack’s Donuts in New Castle had two critical and one non-critical violations during a routine inspection Jan. 29. Henry County health inspectors observed there were no sanitizer test strips for the three-compartment sink. There was also a leak at the three-compartment sink and “vector waste” behind skids.

Buffalo Wild Wings in New Castle had two critical and one non-critical during a routine inspection in January. No date was written on the report.

According to the inspection report, raw chicken was found on a lid in a reach-in cooler on the cook line. Food was found on the floor in the walk-in freezer. Flies were also found in and around the bar. Inspectors noted the facility’s drains “need a thorough cleaning and flushing.”

Arby’s in New Castle had no violations during a pre-operational inspection Jan. 22. An air gap needed to be installed on the food prep sink drain and ice maker drain. All surfaces needed cleaned and sanitized before opening.

Arby’s in New Castle had no violations during a follow up pre-operational inspection Jan. 25. The report noted the facility needed to drain and clean the ice machine and was then okay to open.

Ricker’s in Middletown had no violations during a construction inspection Jan. 25. The facility had a verified barrier. All equipment appeared to be going in as planned and approved.

As of Friday, Dollar General and CVS in Middletown had no food-related violations. Dollar General, Raintree Friends Housing, Kroger Fuel Center, Castle Heights Discount Tobacco, Elks Bingo, The Back Porch Bar and Family Dollar 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.