The State Health Department found the majority of food service establishments in Port Washington in 2013 to be largely in compliance with state codes — but eleven establishments were not so fortunate.
The data comes on the heels of a Patch review of state documents of inspection reports as of Jan. 7, 2014, which details inspections at 111 Port Washington locations in 2013.The Canteen dining facility at Publishers Clearinghouse, at 383 Channel Dr., received three critical violations on Dec. 4, 2013. During the inspection it was found that accurate thermometers were not made available to evaluate potentially dangerous food hazards; potentially hazardous foods were not kept at proper temperatures; and hand washing facilities did not meet health standards, according to the health department.
Schreiber High School food workers received a critical violation for not using proper utensils to eliminate bare hand contact with cooked or prepared food on Oct. 3. 2013, according to the health department report.
At Weber Middle School on Oct. 29 of last year, an inspection found cooked or prepared foods were subject to cross contamination by raw foods.
Port Washington locations that were cited for one critical violation each include: Daly Elementary School, Gino's Pizzeria, La Piccola Laguria, Manhasset Bay Yaght Club, Mediterranean Market Place, Port Thai Place, Railroad Deli and Vincent Smith School.
Mostly all critical violations have been corrected, according to the health department.
Numerous establishments were sited with non-critical violations equivalent to not tightly wrapping leftovers in a household refrigerator.
The various county health departments make these inspections routinely and follows up with restaurants that have critical violations. The reports then go to the state.
Across more than 90,000 food service establishments statewide, the State Department of Health's Bureau of Community Environmental Health and Food Protection guides county and city health officials who permit and inspect food service establishments, the agency says.
The bureau maintains Part 14 of the New York State Sanitary Code, including subpart 14-1 which regulates food service establishments. See this subsection for specifics on inspections.
You may access the entire list, and past reports, here.