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Food Establishment Rating System to Begin

Beginning July 1, 2015, The Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) will be implementing a rating system for Class III and IV food establishments in Bethany, Hamden, North Haven and Woodbridge. The rating is based on sanitary conditions found at the point in time of the inspection. It is not a judgment about the cuisine. Although all food establishments are inspected, only Class III and IV will be rated. These are establishments that serve a greater variety of foods that require complicated preparation. The rating for a facility will begin when their next routine inspection is due. The first ratings will be appearing over a period of time as each facility is inspected. A placard with the rating will be posted at the establishment where it can easily be viewed by consumers. The rating will also be posted on the QVHD website.

The rating system will consist 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.” Visit www.qvhd.org for more information.

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