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: A rating of 85 or above with no critical items indicates a passing inspection. Scores of 70 to 84 with no critical items require re-inspection within 30 days or less. Facilities that do not correct sanitation problems during the allotted time face possible permit suspension. Establishments that score between 60 and 69 are issued a "Notice of Intent to Suspend Permit,'' and are afforded the opportunity for an administrative hearing to show cause as to why the facility's permit should not be suspended. State law requires closure of any establishment with rating of 59 or less.