Food service inspections

September 16, 2003

Protecting the health and safety of all who eat at Boyle County's food-service establishments is a top priority of the Boyle County Health Department. The health department routinely provides food safety training for the county's restaurant personnel, in addition to conducting at least two unannounced inspections each year.

Key items of concern during inspections include employee practices and cleanliness, food protection during storage and preparation, cleaning and sanitizing of equipment and utensils, insect and rodent control, and the storage and use of toxic materials. A perfect inspection score is 100; points are subtracted when department guidelines are not met. In general, the lower the score, the lower the level of sanitation; however, a low score does not necessarily imply an imminent health risk.

Many facilities are combination food-service/retail markets and receive two scores. The first is for the deli (food-service) and the second is for the remainder of the store. Here's what the scores mean:


n 85 or above with no critical items indicates a passing inspection.

n 70 to 84 with no critical items requires re-inspection within 30 days or less. Facilities that do not correct sanitation problems during the allotted time face possible permit suspension.

n 60 to 69, issued a "Notice of Intent to Suspend Permit'' and afforded the opportunity for an administrative hearing to show cause as to why the facility's permit should not be suspended.

n State law requires closure of any establishment with rating of 59 or less.

An establishment must also cease operation if conditions exist that pose an immediate public health threat. Any establishment whose permit has been suspended can make application for a re-inspection for the purpose of permit reinstatement. If the re-inspection reveals that the conditions causing suspension have been corrected, the permit will be reinstated.

There are 13 critical items on the health department inspection form. Regardless of the rating score, these potentially serious deficiencies must be corrected within a time specified by the health department, but in any event, not to exceed 10 days. Serious deficiencies are noted by an asterisk after the establishment's score.|9/11/03***

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