The Environmental Public Health Office of the Henry County Health Department conducted two routine inspections and one complaint inspection during the fourth week of April.

County inspectors identified five critical, four non-critical violations and three repeat violations during that time period.

Park Restaurant in New Castle had five critical violation and four non-critical violation and three repeat violations during a routine inspection on Apr. 20. It was observed that there were bins of food on the floor including salad, some flour in the food prep area and some onions and coleslaw in the walk in cooler. It was also reported that fried chicken and a container of gravy were stored uncovered in the walk in cooler. It was also determined that an employee was preparing a salad and slicing onions, and put gloves on before washing his hands. It was also determined that an employee had his personal drink on a table with clean plates. It was also reported that scoops and utensils in the dishwashing room were stored improperly, the ice scoop was also stored on the ice machine with the handle touching the machine. The hand sink was also blocked by a chair, and there was a sweater in the food prep area.

The serve brush was resting on hand sink, behind the cook. Hand Sinks are meant only for washing hands. The paper towel dispenser was also empty and was blocked because of the chair in front of the hand sink. The following food/food content were observed soiled to the sight and touch: Knife container, the walls and counters in the kitchen. The reach in cooler also had raw chicken cuts in the pull drawer by the cook line. Drawers should be removed and should be thoroughly sanitized and cleaned. The ice machine was soiled as well, it should be drained, cleaned, and sanitized and allowed to dry before being put back into service. Walls and floors and fryer rack have a significant amount of grease, debris, and have at least one wiping cloth. The whole area needs to be thoroughly cleaned.

As of Friday, Mulberry Lane Inn and White Castle in New Castle had no violations. 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/.