Restaurant Watch—Oct. 5, 2006

Following are routine and complaint inspection reports for Henrico County food establishments inspected recently by the Henrico Health Department, according to Virginia Department of Health guidelines. Deficiencies are noted as critical" (posing a direct or immediate threat to the safety of the food being served) or "non-critical" (representing a failure of cleaning or maintenance). Inspections represent only a snapshot of the establishment on a specific date and time and may not be representative of its overall cleanliness, according to the VDH. Unless noted, all reported violations were corrected at the time of inspection or shortly thereafter.

SEPT. 15
Baker Elementary School, 6651 Willson Road - One critical violation reported (non-food employee observed dipping ice into container from ice bin) and six non-critical violations reported.

Byrd Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Road - No violations reported.

Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen - Three critical violations reported (employee observed handling dirty pans and trays, then unloading clean trays without washing his hands; masing tape found on handle of pizza spatula; test strip did not change color during wash cycle because temperature of water was too low) and two non-critical violations reported.

Godwin High School, 2101 Pump Road - No violations reported.

Ukrop's, 3460 Pump Road - To critical violations reported (meat products found in drawer that was unplugged; employees left slicers after using them with food still in tray) and one non-critical violation reported.

SEPT. 18
Applebee's, 5400 West Broad Street - One critical violation reported (several dirty dishes found on clean rack and several steel pans found with date stickers still on them) and two non-critical violations reported.

Bullets, 1501 East Ridge Road - One critical violation reported (precooked chicken breasts found in cold hold table at temperature that was too warm) and five non-critical violations reported.

Collegiate School, North Mooreland Road - One critical violation reported (employee failed to sanitize container during washing, prior to re-use) and seven non-critical violations reported.

McDonald's, 7118 West Broad Street - One critical violation reported (scoop for bulk ice machine found cracked and in need of replacement) and two non-critical violations reported.

Moe's Southwest Grill, 7011 Three Chopt Road, Suite B - No violations reported during complaint inspection. The complainant alleged that a bug was found in a salad. The manager had identified the bug as a cricket. The salad had come from a ready-to-eat package, and the vendor was informed.

SEPT. 19
Capital Ale House, 4024-A Cox Road, Glen Allen - Four critical violations reported (oyster in breader mix found at room temperature; several items found in refrigerator at temperatures too warm; dried food particles found on slicer; temporary drain hose found on floor in kitchen) and two non-critical violations reported.

Roma's Italian Restaurant, 325 East Williamsburg Road, Sandston - Three critical violations reported (open beverages found in preparation area; dough pans not cleaned after use; dumpster lid and waste oil lid found open) and three non-critical violations reported.
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