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Food Establishment Rating System for District Towns

On July 1, 2015, The Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) began rating Class III and IV food establishments in Bethany, Hamden, North Haven and Woodbridge. QVHD has received positive feedback from consumers that they like the program. The rating is based on sanitary conditions found at the point in time of the inspection. It is not a judgement about the cuisine. Although all food establishments are inspected, only Class III and IV are currently being rated. Class III and IV establishments serve a variety of foods that require more complex preparation. The rating for a facility will be given when their next routine inspection is due so ratings will appear over a period of time as each facility comes due for inspection. A placard with the rating will be posted at the establishment where it can easily be viewed by consumers. You can check to see if your favorite restaurant has been rated on the QVHD website, www.qvhd.org.

The rating system consists of an A, B or C rating; an A indicates substantial compliance with all applicable food safety rules as established by the CT Department of Public Health Code; B indicates acceptable compliance; and establishments receiving a C need improvement. L. Balch, Director of Health, notes that if the findings on an inspection demonstrate that there is an immediate threat to the public’s health, a closure of the facility will be ordered. She further stated, “I believe this will be an excellent way to inform the public that Class III and IV food establishments in the district are doing their part to comply with requirements that will provide customers with food that has been prepared in a safe and sanitary manner and that the health district staff conducts routine inspections to verify compliance, answer questions and provide guidance on sanitary procedures. Working together, we can continue to improve the conditions for health.” Questions about the program? Call QVHD, 203 248-4528.

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