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UPDATE: Health Inspections: 2 Good, 2 Not-So-Good

This month's inspections include critical violations at Peaslee, fruit flies at Walmart and a superb report card on Main Street Tanning.

This new feature on Northborough Patch will highlight some of the recent health inspections conducted by the town's Health Agent Jamie Terry. Inspections are conducted regularly, and are unannounced visits.

on Otis Street, which is in the process of converting to a Super Walmart, didn't fare exceptionally well in an inspection last week. The store had to remove some expired items, and was cited for numerous fruit flies found on some of the fruits and vegetables.

"I picked up a bag of plums and they just fell out, and a peach I picked up was pouring liquid," said Terry.

Terry said she gave Walmart a "couple of days to mitigate the problem, and if it did not, a cease and desist on selling fruits and vegetables would  be issued."

The produce, she said, is stored in cardboard boxes presently while the store goes through its conversion. When Walmart becomes a Super Walmart, the produce will be refrigerated and supplies will be purchased from a new vendor.

"I've been there a couple of times and noted fruit flies every time," said Terry. "They are not being removed when they are past their prime, and they are breeding, in my opinion." 

The "soft items" included cantaloupes, mangos, peaches, plums and onions.

"The manager is not giving me a hard time," she added, "and agreed to remove the items."

received an "awesome inspection ... really really awesome," according to Terry. The sandwich shop, which Terry visited unannounced last week, had all of its products properly stored, the workers wore hats and gloves, the appopriate cleaning utensils were used and the refrigerator was at the appropriate setting.

Likewise, Teamworks received a "great" review, as did the Juniper Farms ice cream truck and Berberian Farms. Fish Market, Terry said, was "OK."

All of the public schools received an inspection before closing, and all of them were "good," said Terry, except for the , which had a "couple of things to work on." The Peaslee School received three critical violations.

"I feel we have some of the best schools in the state and have already worked with Maura Feeley, the school food service director, on the concerns at Peaslee and I believe they have already been addressed," added Terry. "It's also important to note that I am a thorough, detailed inspector and I would not allow an establishment to remain open if I had concerns about the public's safety. Any establishment could have criticals at any point in time; the concern is if these criticals are not addressed or continue to be repeat violations."

The at 369 Main St. had a "decent amount of expired food" upon its recent unannounced inspection.

"I told him next time if he didn't maintain this, he's coming in to see you guys [the Board of Health]," said Terry. Expired items included yogurt, bologna, peanut butter bars, sunflower seeds and Alka Seltzer.

"The other Honey Farms in town did not have the same problem," said Terry.

Lastly, had an "amazing inspection."

"There are so clean, it is amazing," said Terry. "They should run a food establishment; you could eat in there."

Dan Breyfogle July 11, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Expired bologna....mmmmmmmm. Hey, this is wonderful information. I wager the inspector will get much better cooperation when the restaurants, shops and stores know their transgressions end up in "print". (We should all get our vegetables at Beberian's anyway, not WalMart. )
Dr. Brian Russell DM July 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM
This information is great charlene!! Thanks so much for picking this up
Linda Brannon July 11, 2012 at 01:25 PM
As a restaurant owner, I applaude you for putting this in the patch. I would like more information on all the establishments you mention though. All we know about Peaslee is that is was a critical violation. With this being a school, more info is warranted. Was it mechanical reasons for the violations, or lack of attention on the part of the kitchen? Keep up the good work!
PauleyKing July 11, 2012 at 01:46 PM
WHO, in their right mind, would shop for perishables at WalMart.....c'mon people
Northborough Resident July 11, 2012 at 03:02 PM
^ People who cannot afford otherwise.
Northborough Resident July 11, 2012 at 03:04 PM
What were the critical violations at Peaslee?
Charlene Arsenault July 11, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Jamie Terry is out of the office until Monday, but offered a statement about the schools, which has been updated in the article. The violations are public record, and Patch will report on these with an update next week. I am also on vacation!
rachel schmidt July 12, 2012 at 05:29 PM
jamie does an excellent job of keeping everyone in line she is strict but very fair so thank you jamie for doing a great job
Susan LaDue August 07, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Thanks, Jamie, good to know.

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