The Anne Arundel County Department of Health temporarily closed three food service establishments because of emergency circumstances found during inspections between March 16 and 31.
Taco Bell, 6656 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, was closed for a half-hour March 16 because of a sewage backup. Checker's at 6899 Baltimore & Annapolis Blvd. in Linthicum was closed March 18 because of a water main break and reopened the next day. Deep South Snowshakes, 313 Annapolis Mall, was closed March 31 because of a lack of a potable water source and reopened the next day.
Health workers inspected 193 restaurants and other food service establishments during the period and found 25 with critical food safety violations that were immediately corrected. They found five violations at the Mandarin House Buffet, 7419 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.
The restaurant was cited for not properly cooling food, allowing cross-contamination of ready-to-serve food, food workers who did not wash their hands, food not being held at proper temperature and for not having potable hot and cold running water available.
Pub Date: 4/08/99