If someone falls ill and suspects food poisoning, “people need to call the next day” while a food sample can still be sent to ISDH for testing.
Overall, county food establishments are following safety guidelines better than ever. During 50 surprise inspections by Fehlinger in 2013’s second quarter, 32 had no violations for 64 percent, higher than 55 percent in the six months before that.
However, there were 10 places that had critical issues, which are the most serious and must be corrected either immediately or within a short period. During an April 29 inspection, China Wok, Batesville, had seven critical violations and 17 noncritical ones, the most of any in the county. Problems rated C for critical: fruits and desserts on buffet at 50 degrees, higher than the required 41 degrees or less; knives, cleavers and magnetic rack dirty with food deposits; chicken, beef, salads, seafood and other items not dated for disposal after seven days at 41 degrees in walk-in cooler; dirty slicer; meat grinder not broken down and cleaned; moldy ice bin under soda dispenser; and hand wash sink in disrepair.
The restaurant made improvements, because when Fehlinger inspected again May 21, he found just one critical problem (moldy ice bin under soda dispenser) and two noncritical ones (food most be covered with food-grade plastic, not garbage bags or plastic grocery bags); and rice, salt, flour and other dry ingredients need to be stored in airtight containers).
The Batesville Kroger had five C findings, all for infant formulas on shelves past expiration dates.
Three establishments had two critical problems and more noncritical ones: Duck Creek Fudge Shop & Restaurant, Metamora, kitchen hand wash sink not provided and rodent bait not contained in covered, tamper-resistant bait station; Brookville Food Mart, baby food with expired dates and mouse droppings in cabinets below beverage dispensers; China House, Brookville, date marking for holding of food not utilized and hand wash sink not easily accessible.