The Environmental Public Health Office of the Henry County Health Department conducted 11 routine inspections during the second week of February.

County inspectors identified four critical and nine non-critical violations and one repeat violation during that time period.

Broad 63 Inc. in New Castle had two non-critical violations and a critical violation during a routine inspection on Feb 8. It was reported that there were bags of ice for sale without the required label, as well as rodent droppings in the cabinets under the beverage machine. It was also observed that ceiling tiles and wall on east side of building in need of repair.

Kroger in New Castle had one critical and two non-critical violations and one repeat violations during a routine inspection on Feb 8. It was observed that the thermometer in the fruit freezer indicates error, and the unit should have a functioning thermometer. It was also observed that the magnetic strips used to hold knives in meat area behind the counter and the cutting room were rusted and uncleanable. Hot holding deli case has residue in the corners inside the unit. The deli cases also have food residue dropped into the air handling units. It was also reported that loose food was accumulating underneath the food prep table on the floor by the bust chiller. There was also loose egg and milk residue in trays of the egg and dairy coolers.

Dollar General on Broad in New Castle had 1 non-critical violation during a routine inspection on Feb 8. It was observed that the freezers in the storage room and customer area, have an accumulation of ice due to condensate leaking within the units. They should be serviced but they are maintaining freezing temperature.

Goods Candies in Kennard had one non-critical violation during a routine inspection Feb. 9. It was observed that frost was accumulating in chest freezer, unit should be defrosted and was given 30 days to solve the issues.

Subway in Knightstown had two critical and one non-critical violation during a routine inspection on Feb 9. It was observed that there was a frozen dough bag in a box that was uncovered in the walk in freezer. It was also observed that mold was present in the ice machine dispenser, machine should be unplugged drained and cleaned prior to being put back into service. Vegetables present in the hand sink, hand sinks shouldn’t be used as a dump sink. The rinse basin of the three-compartment sink may be used for this purpose.

Rickers in Middletown had two non-critical violations during a routine inspection on Feb 9. It was observed that the slushie machine had build-up and debris and what appeared to be a mold like substance. It was also observed that the first-aid kit and mouthwash and eye wash with open sharps container above the food prep table that was not currently being used for food prep.

Olde School Cafe in Kennard was due for an inspection but was determined closed indefinitely.

As of Friday, Knightstown Intermediate School, Family Dollar in New Castle and Tru Harbor Youth Opportunity Center in New Castle had no food-related violations at this time. Middletown Head Start in Middletown had no violations at this time.

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.

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 https://henrycohealthdept.org /environmental-public -health/.