Health Department Inspections


Health Department Inspections is a regular listing of inspections conducted in Surry County establishments by North Carolina health officials. The listing includes restaurants, schools, day care facilities, adult care and other facilities. The listings give the health inspector score, if applicable, along with the text of their findings in their words.

Riverwood Assisted Living Facility, food service, 711 W. Atkins St., Dobson. Inspected Sept. 22, score 97. Violations: 1) Proper date marking and disposition: Ready-To-Eat Potentially Hazardous Food (Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food), Date Marking – PF — Two packages of foods were found with no date marking (an opened package of hot dogs, a plastic storage bags of hot dogs). Opened packages of ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous foods are required to have a day or date marking when the food is to be discarded, not to exceed 7 days (if foods can be held at 41 degrees F or below). One package of turkey had only the open date, showing that the facility is not being consistent with the date marking (some with an open date only, some with open and discard). Regulations require that at least the discard date be marked on containers/packages of food. Also, the reach-in 2-door cooler had foods inside reading 43-45 degrees F. While it is OK to hold foods at this temperature (41-45 degrees F) until January 1, 2019, date marking can not exceed 4 days in the 41-45 degrees F range.

2) Contamination prevented during food preparation, storage and display: Food Storage-Preventing Contamination from the Premises – C — Keep containers of food off of the floor (potato chips in the storage room). Miscellaneous Sources of Contamination – C — Employee food must be stored below food that is to be used in the establishment for the residents. I would recommend designating an area at the bottom of a unit for employee food storage, labeling this area as employee storage, and keeping all employee food there. Also, a small package of raw sausage was stored above ready-to-eat vegetables. Keep raw meats stored below ready-to-eat foods (according to minimum internal cooking temperature). This was immediately corrected.

3) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C — Clean the floors under/behind equipment. Clean the wall at the dirty dish cart. Clean dead insects from light shields.

Tharrington Elementary School building, 316 Culbert St., Mount Airy. Inspected Sept. 14, score 96. Violations: 1) Storage spaces .2411 STORAGE SPACES: Storage spaces and custodians’ closets shall be kept clean and arranged so as to facilitate cleaning. All storage shall be at least 15 inches (38.1 centimeters) above the floor or otherwise arranged so as to permit thorough cleaning.—Keep all storage at least 15 inches off of the floor (seen in, but not limited to: Old PTO room (paper). Clean the dust from tops of wall boards where needed. Clean the dust from the tops of the bookshelves in the media center.

2) Premises: miscellaneous .2415 PREMISES: MISCELLANEOUS: (b) Pesticides and other toxic materials shall be used as directed on the label and handled and stored as to avoid health hazards.—Toxic chemicals, with the exception of hand sanitizers, hand soaps, and body lotions must be kept stored so that children cannot gain access to them. Generally, under lock and key. This was seen in, but not limited to the following areas: Women’s restroom @ media center (aerosol air freshener); Room 203 (disinfectant wipes, powder cleaner); 200 pod women’s restroom (aerosol air freshener, baby powder, toilet freshener); Room 301 (aerosol paint, aerosol cleaner, aerosol disinfectant, cleaners); Room 302 (aerosol disinfectant, aerosol paint, aerosol hair spray, cleaners, white board cleaner, disinfectant wipes); Room 303 (disinfectant wipes, aerosol furniture polish); 300 pod restroom (aerosol air freshener).

Tharrington Elementary School lunch room, 316 Culbert St., Mount Airy. Inspected Oct. 22, score 99. Violation: Equipment, food and non-food-contact surfaces approved; cleanable, properly designed, constructed and used 4-501.11 Good Repair and Proper Adjustment-Equipment – C — The 3-compartment and 2-compartment prep sinks have squared corners which make it nearly impossible to clean properly. The sinks should be replaced with modern approved sinks that have cleanable compartments. Replace the tape around the oven handle with something that is easily cleanable (tape is not easily cleanable). There was some improvement in this violation today. Good Repair and Calibration-Utensils and Temperature and Pressure Measuring Devices – C — One spatula was found with worn edges. It needs to be replaced.

White Plains Christian School, 609 Old Hwy. 601, Mount Airy. Inspected Sept. 17, score 96.5. Violations: 1) Toilet facilities: clean boys bathroom floors around toilets and urinals.

2) Storage spaces: Store items off of the floor in classrooms, the storage room, and teachers lounge.

White Plains Elementary School lunch room, 710 Cadle Ford Road, Mount Airy. Inspected Sept. 23, score 98. Violations: 1) Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized: Hot Water and Chemical-Methods – P – Once a utensil or container is washed and rinsed, it must be immersed in the third compartment for thirty seconds when conducting a hot water sanitization by immersion method. The employee today was witnessed dipping utensils into the third compartment for approximately ten seconds. The utensils were properly sanitized to correct the violation. 4-602.11 Equipment Food-Contact Surfaces and Utensils-Frequency – C – Clean the top, inside of the ice machine storage bin where mold build-up has formed.

2) Warewashing facilities: installed, maintained and used; test strips: Manual Warewashing Equipment, Wash Solution Temperature – PF – The wash water was 105 degrees F. while an employee was actively washing dishes today. Keep all wash water at or above 110 degrees F. unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer. The wash watter was adjusted to correct the violation.

Yadkin Valley Community School, 240 Standard St., Elkin. Inspected Sept. 22, score 98. Violation: 1) Lighting and ventilation Clean the window seals throughout the facility.

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