Clinton County eateries inspected

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WILMINGTON — The following information is obtained from the Clinton County Health Department and is compiled from inspection reports.

Violations are either critical or non-critical. Critical violations are more likely to contribute to food contamination, illness or an environmental health hazard, including inadequate cooking of food items or poor personal hygiene.

For a more detailed description of critical and non-critical violations, or to file a public health or food safety complaint about a restaurant, contact the Clinton County Health Department by calling 937-382-7221.

The following restaurants or food service establishments were inspected recently and violations/comments include:

• R+L Transfer, 600 Gilliam Road, Wilmington, June 13. Critical: There are plates of cut cake slices on the salad bar area that are not labeled or dated. Also bags of bagels, bread and buns in individual bags for employees to pick up and purchase with no labels or dates.

Trash on floor of walk-in freezer. Wall behind 3-compartment sink is dirty. Wall behind hand sink is dirty. Grease on floor behind deep fryer. Vents in hood above the griddle are dirty and need to be cleaned. Walk-in freezer is dripping ice onto boxes and onto the floor.

Received complaint regarding employee wearing gloves when taking money and running cash register, then serving food without changing gloves. At time of visit, no one was wearing gloves at cash register. Observed employees wash hands and change gloves. Spoke with manager regarding procedures for changing gloves, washing hands and taking money. Manager stated they are removing oven, replacing with self-contained Pan combination oven that does not require hood ventilation. Also getting new grill and burners.

Follow-up: Approx. July 16.

• Rod’s Capricorn Inn, 6660 SR 730, Wilmington, June 10. Food handlers were handling shredded lettuce and bacon with bare hands. Person in charge instructed them to wash hands and wear gloves.

Latex gloves are being used. As of March 1, latex gloves are prohibited. Food handlers were not wearing hair restraints. Light nonworking in 3-door sliding reach-in cooler. Sanitizer test strips unavailable. Wall worn near 3-sink. Spring on sprayer at 3-sink needs adjusted to keep above flood level rim of sink. Cloth towel used on shelf below 3-sink. Debris on window ledge near oven. Opening near window and A/C unit near oven needs sealed. General cleaning of floors near icemaking machine and box freezers near walk-in coolers.

Complaint: Received June 10; claims the following happened: Friday, June 7 evening —no gloves used; no handwashing; wiping hands on shirt; drinking in food prep area; no one wearing hair restraint. Investigated complaint June 10. At arrival for inspection food handlers were not wearing gloves or hair restraints. Beverage open container on prep table. Discussed concerns with owner; owner stated newer employees and continuing to train them. Complaint valid. Follow-up inspection scheduled June 24. Handwashing is the best defense against the spread of germs. Employee hygiene, handwashing and when to change gloves must be reviewed with all food handlers.

Follow-up: June 24.

• Subway, 993 S. South St., Wilmington, June 5. Critical: On the veggie cooler on the line: Tomatoes 45°F, banana peppers 44°F and tomatoes 46°F (all must be kept at 41°F or below to help reduce bacterial growth). Two bottles of caesar sauce dated to expire on May 31, one mustard dated to expire on June 4 and one mesquite dated to expire on June 4.

Front of reach-in coolers behind front counter have splash/food debris on them. Food debris and dirt on floor of the walk-in cooler. Wall behind 3-compartment sink was dirty. level of lighting in walk-in cooler was extremely low (couldn’t see anything in back corner without opening door).

Follow-up: Approx. July 3.

• Ron’s Place, 126 S. Broadway St., Blanchester, June 10. Critical: Mice droppings found on floor behind equipment on prep table and under slicer. Dead mouse found on sticky trap on floor next to oven. Person in charge removed dead mouse. Stated they are working with Elite pest control company. PIC stated will clean floors and equipment surfaces.

Manager certification unavailable. Two buckets with grease and water stored next to grease dumpster. Plumbing at 3-sink leaking. General repairs needed: Floor mop sink, soda bib area, outlet light covers, cove trim, etc. Floor paint worn in kitchen. Duct tape on side of 3-sink at bar. Fryers/cooking equipment has grease and food debris on floor. Note: Fire safety equipment was dated 2016 and 2017. Please update to ensure will function if needed in an emergency.

Complaint received June 10: Claims dry stock hallway near office has maggots. Investigated complaint June 10. Discussed concern with PIC. At time of visit did not see maggots or flies. Complaint invalid. Investigation closed.

Follow-up: Approx. July 10

• R+L Cafe, 600 Gilliam Road, Wilmington, June 13. Follow-up. All previous violations have been corrected. Thank you!

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