Clinton County eateries inspected

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:

• Frisch’s Big Boy, 1341 Rombach Ave., Wilmington, Sept. 27. Follow-up. Checked temperatures on salad bar. Potato salad, 36°F, cole slaw 36°F, and southwest pasta 36°F. Temperatures looked good. New salad bar to be installed this evening. Will be back on Sept. 29 to check new salad bar. The floor in front of the deep fryers is damaged/broken. All floors must be maintained in good repair. All floors must be smooth and easily cleanable. Floor is scheduled for repair Sept. 29 in the evening.

• Red Zone Neighborhood Grill, 762 W. Main St., Blanchester, Sept. 28. Follow-up. Violations corrected (from last inspection). Gnats/flies observed in facility. They are noticeably less in the facility. FSO implementing different practices and working with Select Pest Control to eliminate pests. New equipment info: True Turbo TST725. NSF sliced tomato 40°F, sliced turkey 41°F, diced tomato 37°F. Update license holder info and transfer license at completion of sale. Renovations to FSO shall be approved by Health Department prior to install. Communicate with Health Department and/or complete plan review applications.

• Gold Star Chili, 942 Cherry St., Blanchester, Oct. 4. Follow-up. Critical — The following temperature violations were found: black olives on prep line at 46°F, jalapenos 44°F, sour cream 48°F, tomatoes in bottom of cooler 47°F and shredded cheese in bottom of cooler 44°F, and the chopped onions to top of counter in bowl at 49°F. All TCS foods must be kept cold at 41°F or below to help reduce bacterial growth. The following items in the walk-in cooler were not dated: rice, cheese, onions, pre-portioned lunchmeat and individual onions. All TCS foods removed from original packaging must be dated so employees know when product must be used by or discarded.

When at facility there was no hand soap at either hand sink for me to wash my hands. Had to go into bathroom to wash my hands. All hand sinks must have hand soap and paper towels to ensure employees are washing hands properly. Employees were eating in front of hand sink and ice machine. Employees must eat in designated area out of food prep. Note: Man was working on refrigeration units while inspection was conducted.

• New China Dragon, 103 E. Main St., Blanchester, Oct. 4. There was no clean-up procedure posted in the facility. There was no sign-off sheet for employees to know when to report illness. All FSO’s must have cleanup procedure posted. All FSO’s must have sign-off sheet for employees to report illness. Left handouts. Critical — There was raw frozen meat placed directly inside of Kroger bags. All food must be placed in food-safe containers to prevent any possible contamination. Owner stated “out of plastic bags.” Kroger bags are not made of food-grade materials. The fried rice on he counter was at 110°F and the fried chicken pieces were at 103°F. All TCS foods must be kept cold at 41°F or below or hot at 135°F or above. When cooling foods they must be cooled to 70°F within two hours and to 41°F within four hours to reduce bacterial growth/contamination.

The chest freezer for the seafood — the lid is peeling apart. All equipment must be maintained in good working order.

Critical — The following items had bowls or cups being used for scoops: rice corn starch and flour. All scoops must have handles to avoid food contamination. All scoops stored in the food product must be stored with handle up out of food product.

The lid of the rice container was dirty. All equipment/storage bins must be kept clean to prevent contamination. There were broken floor tiles in front of 5-compartment sink, All floors, walls and ceilings must be smooth and easily cleanable. All floors, walls and ceilings must be maintained in good repair. Follow-up schedule for Nov. 8.

• Laurel Oaks cafeteria, 300 Oak Dr., Wilmington, Oct. 12. There was food debris on blade of food slicer. All food contact equipment must be kept clean and free from food debris. New dish machine installed — Hobart dishwasher Model CL44E.