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Area restaurants accused of health-code violations

• Nov 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM

The following were the results of health department inspections of Huron County food establishments and schools in September:

 

Food establishments

Openings

No violations

Sandy Ridge Vineyards & Mercantile; 180 Ohio 61 E., Norwalk; Sept. 6, pre-licensing inspection — No violations.

Violations

V&M Country Kitchen LLC; 429 E. Walton St., Willard; Sept. 6, pre-licensing inspection — Violation: Critical — Improper cooling of time/temperature controlled for safety (TCS) food. Person in charge voluntarily disposed of food. In future, person in charge will place tray of potatoes (in single layer) to cool in the walk-in immediately after cooking; Violation: Critical — TCS foods not being cold held at the proper temperature. Observed that pie case measured 50-52 degrees F. Case must be maintained at 41 degrees F or below. All TCS pies were disposed during inspection. Case must be serviced and checked by me prior to use with TCS pies; Violation: Improper method for cooling TCS foods. Baked potatoes cooled at room temperature. TCS foods must be cooled under refrigeration or other approved method. Discussed procedural solution with person in charge during inspection; Violation: Observed pie case not maintaining TCS pies at 41 degrees F or below. Case cannot be used for TCS pies until repaired and checked by me. Inspector’s comments: Facility is clean and ready for operation. Ok to license.

 

No violations

Huron County Jail; 255 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk; Sept. 6, standard inspection — No violations.

Marsh Field East Concession Stand; 101 West St., Monroeville; Sept. 7, standard inspection — No violations.

Wendy’s; 114 Walton Blvd., Willard; Sept. 11, standard inspection — No violations.

H & B’s Hop; 296 W. Main St., Norwalk; Sept. 12, standard inspection — No violations.

Smokin Timbers; 1164 Ohio 18, Norwalk; Sept. 20, standard inspection — No violations.

Dollar General; 201 Walton Ave. West, Willard; Sept. 24, complaint inspection — No violations. Inspector’s comments: No cockroaches were observed in cracks and crevices of facility, however, some other small insects were observed. Person in charge is aware of this and has used pest control to address this issue. Complaint is dismissed.

Hound Dog Hop; 195 Sandusky St., Plymouth; Sept. 25, standard inspection — No violations. Inspector’s comments: Facility is closed for operation and has a “for sale” sign out front. Facility has not been open at all this licensing year.

Maple City Rubber Company; 55 Newton St., Norwalk; operator, Lorain Music Vending Company; Sept. 26, standard inspection — No violations.

 

Violations

Marsh Field West Concession Stand; 101 West St., Monroeville; Sept. 7, standard inspection — Violation: Observed employee food in kitchen. All employee food must be consumed outside of kitchen area. Drinks may be kept in kitchen if they are kept with lid away from food. Employee food was disposed voluntarily; Violation: Facility does not have a mop sink. Mop water is disposed on outside ground surface. Registered plumber must install a mop sink to dispose of this water.

Twist and Shout; 167 Sandusky St., Monroeville; Sept. 12, standard inspection — Violation: Facility does not have a person with level two certification in food protection. Person in charge stated he had spoken with the previous sanitarian about becoming level 2 food protection certified, but had not done so yet. Person in charge stated he would look into just doing the ServSafe manager class online during the off season for the facility and have the level 2 food safety training for when the facility opens in the spring.

Vargo’s Drive-In; 192 Milan Ave., Norwalk; Sept. 13, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — TCS foods in the prep cooler were not being cold held at the proper temperature. Food had not been out of temperature for more than four hours, so person in charge moved all TCS items that were above 45 degrees F to a different prep cooler to rapidly reduce the temperature to 41 degrees F or below.

Dollar Tree; 101 Plank Road Unit 3, Norwalk; Sept. 19, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — No staff member with Level 1 food safety training present at time of inspection. Obtain training for at least one person per shift; Violation: Critical — Observed raw smoked bacon and raw turkey bacon stored above ready-to-eat (RTE) hot dogs in the back reach-in cooler; Violation: At time of inspection, no handwashing soap was available in men’s room. Corrected at time of inspection — Handwashing soap was placed at sink during inspection; Violation: Repeat — Corrected during inspection — Observed five cans dented on seams. Cans were opened and disposed at time of inspection. Remove dented cans from service as they are identified; Violation: Repeat — Observed several boxes of foods stored on the floor in the aisles, back storage and walk-in freezer. All foods must be kept at least six inches off of the floor to prevent contamination. Boxes must be placed onto shelves or crates. Today is delivery day; in future keep more crates on hand to prevent this issue; Violation: Observed that trash can in women’s restroom does not have a lid. Corrected at time of inspection — During inspection, men and women’s trash cans were switched (men’s trash can has lid); Violation: Observed that women’s bathroom had no toilet paper. Corrected at time of inspection — Toilet paper roll was replaced during inspection; Violation: Observed that facility’s two dumpsters are stored on grass. Dumpsters must be stored on concrete or asphalt surfaces so areas can be properly cleaned. Move dumpsters to paved area or pave a dumpster storage pad.

Kentucky Fried Chicken/Long John Silvers; 223 Milan Ave., Norwalk; Sept. 19, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — Food items did not have a protective covering over top of them inside the walk-in freezer. Place a protective covering overtop of all food items in storage; Violation: Wire racks in walk-in cooler were dirty with chicken residue and other debris. Clean wire racks as soon as possible. Continue cleaning schedule of wire racks as often as necessary to prevent accumulation of dirt, debris and residue; Violation: The ice dispenser on pop machine in dining room has build-up of mold on the inside. Clean ice dispenser as often as necessary to prevent a build-up of mold on the inside; Violation: Floor and wall junctures near the walk-in cooler and three-compartment sink were cracked and crumbling in spots. FRP liner in walk-in cooler was missing some chunks near the door. Repair cracked and missing coving tiles and missing chunks of FRP liner in walk-in cooler.

Twist and Shout; 167 Sandusky St., Monroeville; Sept. 20, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — TCS foods not being hot held at the proper temperature. Corrected at time of inspection — Onions were voluntarily disposed; Violation: Repeat — Facility does not have a person with level two certification in food protection. Faciliiy has one staff member signed up to take class online; Violation: Observed Raid stored in the bathroom. This is not approved for use in a licensed food facility. Corrected at time of inspection — Raid was removed from premises at time of inspection.

Marsh Field East Concession Stand; 101 West St., Monroeville; Sept. 21, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — TCS foods not being cold held at the proper temperature. Observed that hot dogs measured 50 degrees F in the reach-in cooler. TCS foods must be kept cold at 41 degrees F or below. Person in charge advised that hot dogs were brought from high school cafeteria refrigerator at 5 p.m. and were in prep during concession set up. Hot dogs have been held out of proper temperature control for fewer than four hours, so they were kept and immediately placed to cook; Violation: Observed that only cooler is not maintaining TCS foods at 41 degrees F or below. Cooler must be fixed prior to use with any other TCS food so facility has sufficient cold holding capacity; Violation: Observed staff member was not wearing hat/hairnet while packaging fresh popcorn. Corrected at time of inspection — Staff member put on a hat; Violation: Observed that coffee stir straws are available for customer self-service in cups on service counter. Customers may contaminate lip contact service of straws when obtaining straw. Either obtain pre-wrapped straws, single contamination free straw dispenser, or use wooden/plastic food grade coffee stirrers which will not have a lip contact surface to be contaminated.

Marsh Field West Concession Stand; 101 West St., Monroeville; Sept. 21, standard inspection — Violation: Observed boxes of dry food products stored on the floor. Corrected at time of inspection — Boxes were moved onto crates; Violation: Observed boxes of single-service items on the floor. Corrected at time of inspection — Boxes were moved onto crates; Violation: Employee washing hands in warewashing sink. Corrected at time of inspection — Employee stopped washing hands in three-compartment sink and moved back to handwashing sink. I recommend, since volunteer concession staff is ever changing, that handwashing sink be labeled “Hand Washing Only” and three-compartment sink be labeled “Warewashing Only. Do Not Wash Hands Here” or similar statements; Violation: Repeat — Service sink or curbed cleaning facility not provided and/or conveniently located. Registered plumber must obtain a permit and install a mop sink in facility to properly dispose mop water.

Willard Golf Club; 4000 Ohio 162 W., Willard; Sept. 25, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — Repeat — Observed six hot dogs that were stored in re-used unwashed zip-lock bags. Corrected at time of inspection — Bags were first used more than seven days prior, so hot dogs were disposed; Violation: Critical — Observed scent sprays stored above food prep areas on shelving. Chemicals must be stored below food and food prep/storage areas to prevent contamination. Corrected at time of inspection — Chemicals were moved to floor; Violation: Critical — Private water system not sampled or tested as required. Hauled water tank has not been sampled yet this licensing year. Have system sampled and submit results to health department; Violation: Obtain a thin tip or digital thermometer; Violation: Facility has several pieces of noncommercial equipment including roaster, crock pot, microwave and multiple coolers. Obtain and install commercial grade equipment; Violation: Observed that vent hoods were not clean. Clean vent hoods to prevent contamination of foods below; Violation: Service sink or curbed cleaning facility not provided and/or conveniently located. Registered plumber must install a mop sink to dispose of mop water; Violation: Observed that light bulb shield in the reach-in cooler is missing end caps. Obtain and install end caps.

Guardian Manufacturing; 302 Conwell Ave., Willard; operator, Lorain Music and Vending; Sept. 26, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — Observed that coffee machine spouts have an accumulation of food debris. Corrected at time of inspection — Spouts were cleaned with alcohol pads and hot water spray. In future, spouts should be cleaned whenever unit is loaded using spray and abrasion from a paper towel or other sanitary method.

Tienda Don Chayo LLC; 14 S. Myrtle Ave., Willard; Sept. 26, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — No person in charge (staff with Level 1 training) present in food facility during inspection. Obtain Level 1 training for both staff members; Violation: Observed items re-packaged in single servings that were not labeled with required information, including safe handling instructions on each package. Products will be labeled with safe handling instructions; Violation: Critical — Repeat — Observed raw chorizo stored over raw eggs and gallon of milk. Foods must be stored in proper drip order to prevent cross contamination; Violation: Critical — Observed raw whole fish re-packaged by distributor for sale to a institutional facility, such as a restaurant. Individually packaged fish bags are not closed at tail end and are thus not securely bagged. This could allow contamination of fish. Bags will be taped shut or otherwise closed so that fish cannot be contacted by hands; Violation: Repeat — Handwashing soap at main handwashing sink is out. For proper handwashing, soap dispenser must be refilled; Violation: Repeat — Observed floors have cracks and crevices. Observed that ceilings are not smooth and easily cleanable. Observed some holes in wall materials in the back dry storage area. Wall materials must be replaced or repaired so as to be smooth and easily cleanable.

Dublo’s Carryout; 6 Madison St., Norwalk; Sept. 28, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — Repeat — No person in charge (person with level 1 training) present in food facility during inspection. At all time of operation, a staff member must be present who has level 1 or above training; Violation: Critical — Handwashing sink is blocked by crates of pop. Keep area in front of sink accessible at all times. Corrected at time of inspection — Moved pop crate over during inspection; Violation: Critical — Repeat — Observed raw bacon stored over milk jugs in the reach-in cooler. Corrected at time of inspection — Bacon was moved to bottom shelf; Violation: Observed sugar container not labeled with bulk name. All foods in bulk storage that are not readily identifiable must be labeled with the common name to prevent mis-identification. Person in charge was informed; Violation: Observed boxed wine on the floor in the dry goods and wine section. All foods/drinks must be stored at least six inches off of the floor. Person in charge was informed; Violation: Observed single service coffee stir straws stored in a cup for consumer self-service. Straws must be stored such that contamination is prevented. Possible solutions include: using pre-wrapped straws, obtaining and using a single straw dispenser, removing straws from service, using approved wooden stir sticks (that do not have a lip contact surface), or any other contamination free method. Person in charge was informed; Violation: Observed concrete block walls that were unpainted in the back storage room. Observed wood based shelf materials were not painted. Observed one wall that had exposed studs and insulation. These surfaces must be closed and painted or otherwise covered to be smooth and easily cleanable. Person in charge was informed; Violation: Observed popcorn machine heat lamp missing protective shield. Light must be covered with protective shield or replaced with a shatterproof bulb. Person in charge was informed.

 

Schools

No violations

Norwalk High School’s Concession; 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk; Sept. 21, follow-up inspection — No violations. Inspector’s comments: Handwashing sink plumbing has been repaired. St. Paul reach-in cooler is still out of working order, measuring 55 degrees F. No TCS foods are currently stored in cooler and cannot be until unit is fixed and checked by a health inspector.

Violations

Norwalk High School’s Concession; 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk; Sept. 14, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — No person in charge present in food facility during inspection. No staff member on site has Level 1 training. Have one person who is on site for all games obtain Level 1 training; Violation: Critical — Improper washing of hands and arms. Observed staff member wash hands and touch paper towel dispenser handle with fingers. This re-contaminates hands. Obtain paper towels before starting handwashing procedure or use elbow to pump handle. Corrected at time of inspection — Employee re-washed hands; Violation: Critical — TCS foods not being cold held at the proper temperature. Observed that sliced American cheese in the St. Paul reach-in cooler measured 56 degrees F. TCS foods must be maintained at 41 degrees F or below for safety. Corrected at time of inspection — Cheese was disposed; Violation: Observed bags of popcorn kernels stored on the floor in the closet. All foods must be kept off of the floor to prevent contamination. Corrected at time of inspection — Popcorn was moved onto shelves/crates; Violation: Observed box of single-service cups on the closet floor. Corrected at time of inspection — Box of cups was moved on top of an empty box; Violation: St. Paul cooler is not maintaining TCS foods at 41 degrees F or below. Unit must be repaired and checked by a health inspector prior to use with TCS foods; Violation: Employees washing hands in warewashing sink. Employee washed hands in three-compartment sink because handwashing sink was turned off to fix a minor leak. Corrected at time of inspection — Handwashing sink was turned back on and a bucket was temporarily placed underneath the sink to catch drips. Handwashing for rest of event is being done in handwashing sink. Handwashing sink must be fixed to prevent this issue; Violation: Handwashing sink has a leak. Repair sink so it does not leak; Violation: FSO did not have a person in charge per shift with Level one certification in food protection. Obtain training for enough people such that someone is always on site at time of operation with at least a Level 1 certification.

Celeryville Christian School; 4200 Broadway St., Willard; Sept. 26, standard inspection — Violation: Single-service articles intended for food contact improperly dispensed. Observed plastic silverware for self-service by the coolers in baskets with all utensil portions exposed. Store spoons, forks, etc. with the food contact surface facing down in a cleanable cup; Violation: Employees washing hands in warewashing sink .Hands must be washed in the designated handwashing sink to prevent contamination; Violation: Ceilings are not smooth and easily cleanable. Kitchen tiles must be replaced with smooth, non-porous tiles. 

Football Concession; 1 Flashes Drive, Willard; Sept. 28, standard inspection — Violation: Critical — Observed that three-compartment sink sprayer hangs slightly below the flood level rim of the sink when released from the mount. This is an air break, not an air gap and still has the potential to allow a backflow event that could contaminate water system. Sprayer should be repaired such that it cannot hang below the flood level rim of the sink; Violation: Observed that there is no approved equipment available for hot holding pizza. Currently, a pizza insulated delivery bag is being used. Due to bag being opened during service, this bag will likely be unable to maintain pizzas at the required hot holding temperature of 135 degrees F. A commercial, food grade electric pizza cabinet or similar hot holding unit must be purchased and used for this purpose; Violation: Observed one reach-in cooler and two chest coolers did not have ambient air thermometers. Obtain hanging thermometers and place them in the warmest parts of the coolers; Violation: Observed popcorn kernel bag and bulk container stored on the floor during preparation. To prevent contamination, all foods must be stored at least six inches above the floor. Corrected at time of inspection — Popcorn was moved onto pop crates; Violation: Repeat — Observed some employees making nachos without wearing hats/hairnets. Staff must always wear a hair restraint when preparing exposed foods. Obtain and wear hats and hairnets as required; Violation: Observed single-service nacho cheese trays stored with the food contact side facing up. These items must be stored in the inverted position. Corrected at time of inspection — Trays were overturned.

New London Music Boosters; Grove St., New London; Sept. 28, standard inspection — Violation: Observed single-service coffee stir straws for consumer self-service at the service windows. Straws must be provided in a way as to be protected. Some solutions include: 1) use pre-wrapped straws, 2) obtain a single-straw dispenser, 3) use single-service wood stir sticks (which have no lip contact surface, 4) do not provide stir sticks, 5) provide some other utensil such as a spoon that is kept in a cup with the food contact side down.

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