Clinton County restaurant inspections


By Nathan Kraatz - [email protected]



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:

The Red Zone Neighborhood Grill, 762 West Main Street Blanchester, July 15. A person in charge was not designated at time of visit. Two boxes of raw chicken tenderloins were stored on top of kegs in the walk-in cooler. Raw chicken eggs were stored above kegs in cooler. Cup was stored in bag of sugar. Spoon and handle in container storing chives. A prep cooler and a reach-in cooler were not keeping appropriate temperature. Chili in walk-in cooler was date-marked June 27; a person in charge discarded the product. Several items were missing labels and date markings; corrected during visit. Handle in onion soup and chili in warmers was melted/damaged. Household microwave was being used. Box freezers were heavily damaged. A light was not working. Fasteners in the ice-making machine are rusty. Water observed on floor near freezer. Food debris, residues, lids, toothpicks and more were in the prep cooler. Bus tubs weren’t clean. Handles of reach-in cooler and walk-in cooler weren’t clean. Slicer and stand mixer have food residues/debris. Hot water unavailable at sinks. Outside grease and trash dumpsters’ lids were open. Grease accumulated on outside grease dumpster and on bucket next to it. Grease on ground near concrete pad at rear of building. Exit door of side dining room had space at the bottom of the exit door. Employee keys and cigarettes were found on shelf above plates and food baskets; corrected during visit. Brooms were stored next to food warmer. Pliers, cardboard and miscellaneous supplies were stored under the table with cheese warmer. Power strip and extension cord extended from food window warmer to top of sandwich prep cooler. Wood trim near patio entry is not sealed/painted. Wall has black mold-like discoloration. Trim not secured to wall at three-compartment sink. Food residue and debris observed under fryers, grill, stand mixer and slicer. Black residues observed on wall near warewash machine. Gnats observed in bar area. In a follow-up inspection, the prep cooler was holding at an appropriate temperature and the reach-in cooler was empty. One box freezer was removed and the other was sitting empty. Commercial freezer equipment was pending installation.

• Food Mart, 149 W. Washington Street, Sabina, July 11, follow-up inspection. Facility still served boiled peanuts despite not being classed to sell them.

• Pizza Hut, 486 Main Street, Wilmington, July 11, follow-up inspection. Cooler was holding at an appropriate temperature, digital display needs repair and the cooler continues to pool water.

• Caesars Creek Donut, 7763 State Route 73 West, Wilmington, July 16. Clean up procedure for a vomit/diarrhea event unavailable; a new requirement this year. Verification showing employees received training to report illness to a supervisor wasn’t available; a new requirement this year. A person in charge handled money then helped a customer with donuts without first washing hands. Home produced items were on sale without proper labels or following of cottage food rules. Chlorine test strips unavailable. Utensils were not sanitized. Hats unavailable.

• Connie’s Country Market & Deli, 7763 State Route 73 West, Wilmington, July 16. Clean up procedure for a vomit/diarrhea event unavailable; a new requirement this year. Verification showing employees received training to report illness to a supervisor wasn’t available; a new requirement this year. Pumpkin rolls displayed on counter, not refrigerated; a supervisor corrected the violation. Cheese sticks for retail sale missing ingredients. Spillage observed in cappuccino machine.

• The Nut People, 7763 State Route 73 West, Wilmington, July 16. Clean up procedure for a vomit/diarrhea event unavailable; a new requirement this year. Verification showing employees received training to report illness to a supervisor wasn’t available; a new requirement this year. Pretzels, popcorn nuts and others packaged for sale missing components of proper labels.

• Alma’s Amish Cheese Barn, 7810 State Route 73 West Wilmington, July 16. Clean up procedure for a vomit/diarrhea event unavailable; a new requirement this year. Verification showing employees received training to report illness to a supervisor wasn’t available; a new requirement this year. Brown farm eggs for sale missing label and must be inspected by Ohio Department of Agriculture. Packaged cheese for retail sale missing labels; a new requirement this year.

• Xenia Avenue Market, 659 Xenia Avenue, Wilmington, July 15. Raw fish packages stored above container of lettuce in reach-in cooler. Cartons of raw chicken eggs stored above gallons of milk in service cooler. Herbs, salt, lentils and other items missing labels. Items in a cooler were not maintained at an appropriate temperature. Chicken was at an unsafe temperature. Several items had multiple date markings on them. Ice cream in freezer didn’t have manufacturer’s label on it. Can of soup was dented. Wall near exit door was damaged.

• Grandma’s Groceries, 7763 State Route 73 West, Wilmington, July 16. Clean up procedure for a vomit/diarrhea event unavailable; a new requirement this year. Verification showing employees received training to report illness to a supervisor wasn’t available; a new requirement this year. Several baby food and formula items had expired; a person in charge removed them.

• Clinton Swim Club, 851 South Nelson Avenue, Wilmington, July 24. Bottles of syrup and boxes of popcorn on floor. Staff handled money then put on gloves and handled food without washing hands first.

• Dee’s Fudge, 7763 State Route 73 West, Wilmington, July 16. Clean up procedure for a vomit/diarrhea event unavailable; a new requirement this year. Verification showing employees received training to report illness to a supervisor wasn’t available; a new requirement this year.

Reach Nathan Kraatz at 937-382-2574, ext. 2510 or on Twitter @NathanKraatz.

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By Nathan Kraatz

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