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By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

The Environmental Public Health Office of the Henry County Health Department conducted six inspections during the last week of March, including four routine, one follow-up and one temporary. 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.

Gas & Food Mart in New Castle had once critical and two non-critical violations during a routine inspection March 26. Inspectors found food stored directly on the floor in the walk-in freezer. The hand sink by the three-compartment sink was blocked during the inspection. There was also food debris on the internal base of the reach-in coolers at the pizza station.

Subway in New Castle had two critical violations during a routine inspection March 26. An employee drink was observed over Gatorade bottles for customers stored in the dry storage room. The ice machine was soiled with residue.

Summit Mart in Mt. Summit had one critical violation during a routine inspection March 26. An employee drink was on the food prep table during the inspection.

K&A Petroleum in Spiceland had one critical and one non-critical violations during a follow-up inspection March 25. There were no test strips for the bleach solution; a note on the report indicated the owner would get these within seven days. There was also no bleach sanitizer; a note indicated it would be at the facility the following day.

Payne’s Fish & Chip Truck at Belgian Horse Winery had one non-critical violation during a temporary inspection March 27. The water pipe from the hot water tank had a leak during the inspection. At that time, there was no water being provided for handwashing and warewashing. The violation was corrected with an Igloo cooler being used as a temporary hand sink. 

As of Friday, Memorial Park Golf Course 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.