Created on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 Written by MANDY LOEHR
Logan County Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott signed papers Wednesday to order the closure of Dairy Queen of Russells Point, 432 E. Main St., until a critical health code violation is corrected.
A sign on the door Thursday morning at Dairy Queen in Russells Point indicates the Logan County Health District’s order to close the store because of a critical health code violation. EXAMINER PHOTO | SUE PITTS
Earlier this month, the Logan County District Board of Health ordered Dairy Queen’s licensee to correct a violation relating to drain piping for the ice cream dipper well and the front ice machine being directly connected to the sanitary sewer. The business reportedly did not follow through on that order.
The Ohio Administrative Code and Ohio Plumbing Code require an air gap in these types of drains to prevent microbial contaminants from growing back into the food and food contact areas.
“We have a potential danger to the public health here,” Dr. Hoddinott said Wednesday evening. “We could have bacteria growing in the cooler.”
Since February 2012, repeat violations relating to this issue have been documented at the business by Logan County Health District inspectors, officials reported at the April 3 board of health meeting.
At that meeting, Dairy Queen food license holder Janet Johnson of RNJOK Properties LLC, of Huntington Beach, Calif., was issued an order to immediately remove the drain connections and then to have the proper air gaps installed by a licensed plumbing inspector within 10 days.
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Because the business owners have not taken this required action, the health commissioner reported that the closure of the restaurant would be in effect immediately.
“As in all situations like this, we’ve been working with the owners to try to work out these issues and explain the fixes that are needed, but the owners are refusing to act on correcting the drain piping.
“This is not a very costly fix, but it is pertinent to keeping the public’s health safe. Allowing this violation to continue would be putting the public at risk.”
If the issues with the drain piping are corrected, then the owners could request a reinspection by LCHD employees, with the potential to reopen the restaurant if no critical violations are found.
“I haven’t been informed what the owners’ intentions are as far as reopening, but if they get this done, then we can move forward with them,” Dr. Hoddinott said.