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Local bar and grill hit with 12 health-code violations

• Jul 25, 2016 at 4:00 PM

NORWALK — The following were the results of health department inspections of Huron County food establishments in June:

No violations

Alexios Concessions I; 35 Cottage Cove, Willard; June 1, standard inspection — No violations.

CVS; 201 W. Main St., Bellevue; June 6, standard inspection — No violations.

R&D Concessions III; 3145 Sylvia Court, Willard; June 7, standard inspection — No violations.

Big Lots; 205 Milan Ave., Norwalk; June 8, standard inspection — No violations. Inspector’s comments: Facility is in good working order.

Dollar General; 890 W. Main St., Bellevue; June 8, standard inspection — No violations.

The Candy Depot; 120 E. Main St., Bellevue; June 9, standard inspection — No violations. Inspector’s comments: Facility is in good working order.

Dollar General; 240 Sandusky St., Monroeville; June 9, standard inspection — No violations. Inspector’s comments: Facility is clean and in working order.

Haar Five Point Marathon; 200 Castalia St., Bellevue; June 9, standard inspection — No violations.

Norwalk Beverage Center; 17 St. Mary’s St., Norwalk; June 9, standard inspection — No violations. Inspector’s comments: Facility is clean and in good working order.

Family Dollar Stores of Ohio; 6339 Ohio 113, Bellevue; June 10, standard inspection — No violations.

East of Chicago; 56 Stower Lane, Norwalk; June 14, standard inspection — No violations.

West Side Store, Inc.; 288 W. Main St., Norwalk; June 14, standard inspection — No violations.

C Stop Convenient Store; 2761 U.S. 20, Collins; June 16, standard inspection — No violations. Inspector’s comments: Facility in clean working order.

Westcott’s Arcitc Shaved Ice; 48 W. Seminary St., Norwalk; June 17, standard inspection — No violations.

Greenwich Beverage Center; 15 W. Main St., Greenwich; June 21, standard inspection — No violations.

Hunter’s Brew; 27 Main St., Greenwich; June 21, standard inspection — No violations.

Glass Bar; 45 E. Main St., Norwalk; June 22, standard inspection — No violations.

Mulgrew’s Batter Dipped Corn; 1346 Fitchville River Road, Wakeman; June 22, standard inspection — No violations.

Mulgrew’s Ice Cream; 1346 Fitchville River Road, Wakeman; June 22, standard ispection — No violations.

Mulgrew’s Prime Rib; 1346 Fotchville River Road, Wakeman; June 22, standard inspection — No violations.

Pepperidge Farm Cafeteria; 3320 Ohio 103 E., Willard; June 24, follow-up inspection — No violations. Inspector’s comments: Violations have been corrected.

Expressions; 1301 U.S. 250 N., New London; June 27, standard inspection — No violations. Inspector’s comments: Facility is clean and in good repair.

Feather’s BBQ Pork; 2620 U.S. 224, Plymouth; June 28, standard inspection — No violations.

Violations

Marco’s Pizza; 218 W. Main St., Bellevue; June 6, standard inspection — Violation: Repeat — Sanitizer testing strips were water logged to a point where they were no longer usable. To ensure proper sanitization, a test kit or other device that accurately measures the concentration in PPM of sanitizing solutions shall be provided. Person in charge stated new test strips have been ordered. Ensure test strips do not become water logged during storage; Violation: Observed a handwasing sink without water at the required temperature. To ensure proper cleaning of hands, a handwashing sink shall be equipped to provide water at a temperature of at least 100 degrees F through a mixing valve or combination faucet. Person in charge stated that plumber is scheduled to do maintenance on sink. For the time being, employees must use handwashing sink in restroom to effectively wash hands; Violation: Outdoor refuse storage surface is not properly constructed and sloped to drain. An outdoor storage surface for refuse, recyclables, or returnables shall be constructed of nonabsorbent material and shall be smooth, durable, and sloped to drain. Person in charge was notified of problem, stated he would work with landlord to get dumpster on an approved surface.

Circle K; 418 Walton St. E., Willard; June 7, standard and 30-day inspection — Violation: There is no test kit available for measuring the concentration of the sanitizer. To ensure proper sanitization, a test kit or other device that accurately measures the concentration in PPM of sanitizing solutions shall be provided. Spoke with person in charge about not having test strips. New test strips are ordered and on the way to facility.

Bellevue Beverage Center LLC; 203 Kilbourne St., Bellevue; June 8, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — Time/​temperature controlled for safety (TCS) foods were not being held at the proper temperature. To prevent the growth of pathogens, except during preparation, cooking, or cooling, or when time is used as a public health control, TCS food shall be held at 135 degrees F or above, or at 41 degrees F or less; Violation: Critical — Observed food that was not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging, and segregation. To prevent contamination, food shall be protected from cross-contamination by separating raw animal foods during storage, preparation, holding, and display from cooked ready-to-eat (RTE) food; Violation: There is no test kit available for measuring the concentration of the sanitizer. To ensure proper sanitization, a test kit or other device that accurately measures the concentration in PPM of sanitizing solutions shall be provided.

Gulf Inn; 1392 U.S. 20 E., Norwalk; June 8, standard and complaint inspection — Violation: Critical — Repeat — At time of inspection, multiple critical violations were observed within the facility. Person in charge shall provide the oversight and controls necessary to prevent critical violations from occurring within the facility; Violation: Critical — Repeat — Equipment food-contact surfaces or utensils are dirty. French fry cutter has a significant build-up of food residue. To prevent contamination, equipment food-contact surfaces and utensils shall be clean to sight and touch. French fry cutter needs to be cleaned as often as necessary to prevent a build-up of food residue on it. Any food contact surface that touches non-potentially hazardous foods should be cleaned once every 24 hours; Violation: Critical — Repeat — Equipment food-contact surfaces or utensils are dirty. Grill in food prep area has a significant build-up of grease and food residue on it. To prevent contamination, equipment food-contact surfaces and utensils shall be clean to sight and touch. Clean grill in food prep area as often as necessary to prevent a build-up of grease and food residue; Violation: Critical — Repeat — Equipment food-contact surfaces or utensils are dirty. The inside of the ice machine behind the bar is dirty. To prevent contamination, equipment food-contact surfaces and utensils shall be clean to sight and touch. Clean out the inside of the ice machine as often as necessary to keep it clean to sight and touch; Violation: Critical — Observed evidence that rodents are getting into the food prep area. Several raw potatoes were observed to have gnaw and teeth marks from rodents. Holes in walls and ceilings are allowing easy access for rodents to enter the facility. To prevent illness, the presence of insects, rodents, and other pests shall be controlled. Facility must have a pest control program in place to prevent rodents and pests from entering the facility. Floors, walls, and ceilings must be repaired so that they provide a barrier to entry for rodents and other pests. Recommend facility get a contract with a licensed pest control company that can implement a remediation plan for the rodent problem; Violation: A box of tomatoes was observed in the food prep area in which the tomatoes were beginning to rot. Some had significant mold growing on them. Food should be kept only as long as it is fresh and in good condition. Box of tomatoes were discarded during inspection by employee; Violation: Observed improper storage of food items. A box of raw potatoes were stored directly on the floor next to the hand washing sink. Food shall be protected from contamination by storing the food in a clean, dry location, where it is not exposed to splash, dust or other contamination, and at least six inches above the floor. Spoke with employee about not storing food directly on the floor. Potatoes were discarded by employee for other reasons noted during the inspection; Violation: Miscellaneous sources of contamination observed. Box of potatoes that was stored directly on the floor of the facility showed evidence that rodents had been feeding on them. Food shall be protected from contamination that is not specified. Box of potatoes were discarded by employee during inspection; Violation: TCS foods were not properly thawed. Observed food that was thawing at room temperature when sanitarians arrived. TCS foods shall be thawed in an approved manner (under refrigeration, in a microwave, under cold running water, or thawed as part of the cooking process.) Only thaw foods in one of the approved manners listed. Employee placed chili into cooler to continue thawing during inspection; Violation: Repeat — Observed utility service lines and pipes that were improperly exposed or installed. Utility service lines and pipes may not be unnecessarily exposed, may not be installed on the floor, and shall be installed so they do not obstruct or prevent cleaning of the floors, walls, or ceilings. Cover or replace wiring and electrical lines in food prep area so they are not exposed; Violation: Women’s rest-room had a re-usable cloth towel machine for a hand drying provision. To prevent contamination by hands, each handwashing sink or group of adjacent handwashing sinks shall be provided with: individual, disposable towels; a continuous towel system that supplies the user with a clean towel; a heated-air hand drying device; or a hand drying device that employs an air-knife system that delivers high velocity, pressurized air at ambient temperatures. Supply the women’s rest room with a disposable paper towel dispenser; Violation: Repeat — The physical facilities are not being maintained in good repair. Observed multiple holes in the walls and ceilings of facility in the back of the food prep area. Specifically behind the grill, and above the wire storage racks. The physical facilities shall be maintained in good repair. Repair holes in walls and ceilings so that rodents and pests do not have access to interior of facility. Inspector’s comments: A complaint indicated that a rat had been seen in the kitchen. During the complaint investigation, evidence of rodents was observed. No rodents were directly observed. 

Happy Garden; 118 E. Main St., Bellevue; June 8, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — Repeat — Rangoons, dumplings in walk-in cooler were uncovered in storage. Food shall be protected from contamination when in storage by being wrapped, packaged, or in a covered container. Ensure all foods in storage are properly covered; Violation: Critical — Repeat — Fruit and raw fish were observed to be in a storage freezer uncovered. Food shall be protected from contamination when in storage by being wrapped, packaged, or in a covered container. Ensure all foods in storage are properly covered; Violation: Critical — Repeat — Egg rolls in Coke cooler were observed to be in a storage cooler uncovered. Food shall be protected from contamination when in storage by being wrapped, packaged, or in a covered container. Ensure all foods in storage are properly covered; Violation: Critical — Repeat — General Tso’s chicken in walk-in cooler was not date marked. TCS foods that are cooked within the facility and held for more than 24 hours must be date marked with either the day of preparation or the day that is seven days from date of preparation. Date mark all TCS foods prepared in facility or open from original packaging; Violation: Critical — Repeat — Noodles in prep cooler were not date marked. Date mark all TCS foods prepared in facility or open from original container; Violation: Repeat — Observed a household microwave in food prep area. All equipment in a licensed FSO or RFE should be commercial grade. When microwave breaks down or is scheduled to be replaced, replace with a commercial grade microwave. Food equipment that is acceptable for use in a FSO or RFE shall be approved by a recognized food equipment testing agency; Violation: Repeat — Inside prep cooler had a build-up of food residue and debris. Nonfood contact surfaces of equipment shall be kept free of an accumulation of dust, dirt and other debris; Violation: Floors, walls, and ceilings throughout facility are in need of repairs and cleaning. The physical facilities shall be maintained in good repair. Repair or replace damaged floor and wall areas as soon as possible.

McDonald’s; 249 Benedict Ave., Norwalk; June 14, standard inspection — Violation: Wiping cloths were being kept on surfaces in between use. Wiping cloths used for sanitizing surfaces should be kept in the bucket of sanitizer in between use to prevent contamination. Sanitizing solution of bucket should be maintained between 50-100 PPM for bleach, and 200-400 PPM for quaternary ammonia. Keep wiping cloths for sanitizing in the sanitizer bucket in between use or properly air dry them on a drying rack; Violation: Repeat — Observed some grease/​residue on the floor of the storage area near the CO2 tanks. The physical facilities shall be cleaned as often as necessary to keep them clean, and cleaning shall be done during periods when the least amount of food is exposed. Clean the physical facilities as often as necessary to prevent a build-up of dirt, debris and food residue.

Norwalk Buffet; 187 Milan Ave., Norwalk; June 15, standard inspection — Violation:  Critical — Observed salmon and meatballs in the hot holding buffet lines that were below 135 degrees F. To prevent the growth of pathogens, except during preparation, cooking, or cooling, or when time is used as a public health control, TCS food shall be held at 135 degrees F or above, or al 41 degrees F or less. Salmon and meatballs were removed from the buffet line at time of inspection and were voluntarily discarded by employees; Violation: Critical — Handwashing sink in the server area had two food containers being stored in it at time of inspection. To prevent contamination, and to keep handwashing sinks completely accessible at all times, a handwashing sink may not be used for purposes other than handwashing. Do not store or keep items in the handwashing sinks. Keep handwashing sinks available strictly for handwashing; Violation: Observed food items in the prep cooler in the kitchen that were not properly covered to protect them from physical contaminants. Food shall be protected from contamination by storing the food in a clean, dry location, where it is not exposed to splash, dust, or other contamination, and at least six inches above the floor. Cover all food items in storage so that they are protected from physical contaminants from the premises; Violation: Food items in the walk-in cooler and freezer were not properly covered to protect them from physical contaminants. Cover all food items that are in storage so they are protected from physical contaminants from the premises; Violation: Observed food items being stored in a Pepsi cooler without a cover over top of the containers to protect them from physical contaminants from the premises; Violation: Take out containers and one empty aluminum container were observed to be stored in the rice and flour working containers as scoops. Use only scoops or utensils that are made of materials designed to withstand repeated warewashing and/​or will not rust or corrode and leach materials into the food products they are stored in; Violation: Test strips for the mechanical dishwasher were water logged and not useable at time of inspection. To ensure proper sanitization, a test kit or other device that accurately measures the concentration in PPM of sanitizing solutions shall be provided. Ensure that mechanical dishwasher is stocked with dry, useable test strips so the concentration of chlorine that is dispensed during the wash/​rinse cycle is at an appropriate level. Chlorine sanitizer must be maintained at a concentration of 50-100 PPM.

Dollar General; 64 Hyde St., Wakeman; June 16, standard inspection — Violation: Repeat — Food in an RFE must be embargoed due to adulteration, misbranding, or baby food or formula is expired. Make sure employees are regularly checking for expiration dates on infant and baby food and discarding of expired food immediately.

Gardner’s Supervalu Foods; 117 Whittlesey Ave., Norwalk; June 16, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — Repeat — Pork loins were being stored below boxes of raw frying chickens in a cooler near the meat room. Raw foods should be segregated according to cooking temperatures; Violation: Critical — Repeat — Melon wedges were observed to be 49 degrees F. Employee stated that melon wedges had been 41 degrees at 7 a.m. this morning and recorded it on a temperature log. Time of inspection was 11 a.m. Because the melons had not been out of temperature for more than four hours, employees placed them in a walk-in cooler to rapidly reduce temperature; Violation: Critical — Turkey breast in the deli were observed to have a disposition date of June 15. Deli manager voluntarily discarded the turkey breast during the inspection; Violation: Critical — Handwashing sink in deli had dirty pots and utensils in it before they were to be washed in the three-compartment sink. Do not keep dirty dishes in the handwashing sink before they are washed in the three-compartment sink; Violation: Repeat — Several packs of turkey breast were directly on the floor of one of the coolers near the meat room. Ensure that all pre-packaged food is kept at least six inches off of the floor; Violation: There were no test strips available for the three-compartment sink in the meat room. To ensure proper sanitization, a test kit or other device that accurately measures the concentration in PPM of sanitizing solutions shall be provided. Employees stated that new test strips had been ordered and were scheduled for delivery. Sanitizing solution for three-comparmtne sink was 200 PPM; Violation: Ice machine used for cold holding back room near meat cooler is in bad repair. Equipment shall be maintained in a state of repair and condition that meets the requirements. Ice produced from this machine is not meant for consumption, only cold holding of various display items throughout the store. Repair this cooler or replace it as soon as possible.

Pepperidge Farm Cafeteria; 3320 Ohio 103 E., Willard; June 21, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — Observed food that was not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging, and segregation. Container of bread sticks were observed in a prep freezer behind the service line that was not covered to protect food items from contamination. Employee placed a proper protective cover over top of the container of breadsticks during the inspection; Violation: Critical — TCS foods were not being held at the proper temperature. Butter that was held at room temperature was discarded. Items on the salad bar that were not being held at 41 degrees F or below were moved to the walk-in cooler to rapidly reduce temperature of these items. All items in the open air cooler that were above 41 degrees F were discarded by employees during inspection; Violation: Critical — Observed two ice machines within the facility that had mold build-up within the machine. Clean out ice machine in food prep area as soon as possible. Machine will be checked at re-inspection. Employees cleaned out Coke ice machine in employee service area during inspection; Violation: Critical — The handwashing sink in the dish prep area was not easily accessible at time of inspection as a large trash can was blocking access to it. Do not store items in front of handwashing sinks. Each handwashing sink in each area of the facility has been installed to allow for easy access by employees required to wash their hands before engaging in tasks in these areas. Keep all handwashing sinks readily accessible; Violation: Critical — Observed working containers of poisonous or toxic chemicals that were not properly labeled with the name of the material. Employees identified the spray bottle as de-greaser, stating that it had been labeled, but the label had come off. Employees placed a proper label on the un-marked spray bottle during the inspection; Violation: Observed improper storage of food items. Containers of relish and salad dressing were observed sitting in a pool of water inside the prep cooler next to the ice machine in the main food prep area. A container of shredded chicken was also observed in the walk-in cooler with water ponding on top of the foil cover over the container. Relish and salad dressings in the prep cooler that were in contact with water were removed from the cooler and placed in a different unit. The container of shredded chicken was removed from underneath the leaking condensing unit. Water was wiped off of the top of the container before it was moved so as not to contaminate the food inside. All other food items in the walk-in cooler were also moved to the sides of the unit so that they were out of the way of the leaking condensing unit; Violation: Facility is currently re-using cottage cheese containers to store other food products. Multiple observations of this violation were noted in the prep cooler in the food prep area, in prep coolers next to grill line, and empty cleaned containers in the dish washing area. Facility must only store foods in approved, food grade containers that are designed to stand up to repeated warewashings and will not leach materials into the food products being stored within the container; Violation: Equipment and/​or components are not maintained in good working order. Condensing unit in the walk-in cooler was observed to have a significant amount of ice build-up around the hoses. Water was also observed on the floor of the cooler and on top of a tray of shredded chicken that was being stored underneath the unit. A prep cooler in the food prep area next to the ice machine was also observed to be leaking. Water was observed ponding in the bottom of the unit. Equipment shall be maintained in a state of repair and condition that meets the requirements. Maintenance was alerted to the problems during the inspection. Corrections to maintenance issues will be checked during re-inspection; Violation: The surfaces of cutting blocks or boards were severely scratched or scored and could not be effectively cleaned and sanitized. Five cutting boards in the dish prep area were observed to have scoring on the surfaces that were holding dirt, debris, or mold in the grooves. The cutting surface of the prep cooler behind the service line was also observed to have scoring that was harboring dirt and debris. Surfaces such as cutting blocks and boards that are subject to scratching and scoring shall be resurfaced if they can no longer be effectively cleaned and sanitized, or discarded if they are not capable of being resurfaced. Employees were instructed that these cutting surfaces must be able to be cleaned and sanitized. Proper sanitizing cannot happen when food residue is caught in the grooves of cutting boards. Cutting boards must be hand scrubbed to remove dirt and residue stuck in the scored areas before the boards are sanitized; Violation: Cooking equipment or pan surfaces are dirty. Serving trays and mixing bowls in the dish prep area that were on drying racks had a build-up of dirt and debris on them. Run mixing bowls and serving trays through the dishwasher to remove dirt and debris. Store all dishware upside down to prevent dirt and debris from accumulating; Violation: Non-food contact surfaces of equipment are dirty. Top of dish washer in dish prep area had an accumulation of dirt and debris. Fan on the condensing unit of the walk-in cooler had a build-up of dirt and debris. Dirt and debris was observed on some trays and in the corner of the walk-in cooler as well. Nonfood-contact surfaces of equipment shall be kept clean. Clean off top of dish washer so that dirt and debris does not contaminate clean dishware. Clean fan of condensing unit in walk-in cooler and clean corners of walk-in cooler to remove dirt and debris.

Subway; 340 Westwind Drive, Norwalk; June 21, standard inspection — Violation: Observed a build-up of dirt and debris behind the icee machine. The physical facilities shall be cleaned as often as necessary to keep them clean, and cleaning shall be done during periods when the least amount of food is exposed. Clean/​sweep behind the icee machine as often as necessary to preclude a build-up of dirt, dust and debris.

Star-View Drive In; 2083 U.S. 20 W., Norwalk; June 23, standard inspection — Violation: Non-food contact surfaces of equipment are dirty. Nonfood-contact surfaces of equipment shall be kept clean. Clean hood above fryers; Violation: Observed a handwashing sink without water at the required temperature. Handwashing sink in men’s bathroom is required to be at 100 degrees F or higher; Violation: Observed a build-up of dirt and debris. The physical facilities shall be cleaned as often as necessary to keep them clean, and cleaning shall be done during periods when the least amount of food is exposed. Clean floor underneath and behind prep table/​hamburger.

Tienda Don Chayo LLC; 14 S. Myrtle Ave., Willard; June 23, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — Corrected during inspection — Observed food that was not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging, and segregation. Raw chorizo was observed stored above RTE vegetables; Violation: Corrected during inspection — Observed dry food items being stored directly on the floor; Violation: Observed food stored under exposed water lines where ceiling tiles had been removed presumably because of leakage. To prevent contamination, lines must be covered and prevented from leaking onto stored foods; Violation: Repeat — Bulk food display for customer self-service was not properly labeled. Not all item types were labeled and allergens were not specifically stated; Violation: Observed light bulbs or heat lamp that were not properly shielded or coated in the back storage room; Violation: Observed no supply of hand cleaning liquid, powder or bar soap at the bathroom handwashing sink. To ensure proper cleaning of hands, each handwashing sink or group of two adjacent handwashing sinks shall be provided with a supply of hand cleaning liquid, powder, or bar soap; Violation: The handwashing sink is not working and requires repair. The physical facilities shall be maintained in good repair.

Dollar General; 213 Sandusky St., Plymouth; June 28, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — Corrected during inspection — Observed raw packaged ground beef and bacon stored in cold holding above eggs. Because these raw meats must be cooked to a higher temperature to destroy pathogens, they must be stored beneath eggs; Violation: Critical — Corrected during inspection — Observed 20 dented cans that pose a possible threat of botulism. Cans must be removed from sale and returned.

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