Inspection Time

19 Dec

Have you ever eaten somewhere and wondered what’s going on in the kitchen? Since the end of 2007, the Mississippi State Department of Health has been displaying the results garnered from their inspections on the walls of restaurants all around Oxford. You may have noticed these postings as printouts with the letters A, B or C written on them.

Here’s what the letters mean (taken directly from the Department of Health website):

No critical violations noted.

The facility inspection found no critical violations. Critical violations of the state Food Code are those more likely to lead to food contamination, illness, or other health risk.

Critical violations were corrected during the inspection.

Critical violations were found, but corrected under the supervision of the inspecting environmentalist. No further corrective actions are required.

Critical violations have not been corrected.

Critical violations were found, but some or all were not corrected during the inspection. The facility will be re-inspected, and all violations must be corrected in a time period not to exceed 10 days. The re-inspection date is posted on the graded report. If violations are not corrected in the specified time, steps are taken to suspend the facility’s permit to operate.

A grade of C is also given if critical violations are repeated from the last inspection, even if they were corrected at that time.

Public health hazards: If any violations are found that constitute an immediate public health hazard, the facility is closed by the inspector.

If you’re interested in seeing recent inspection reports for your favorite restaurants, they’re available to you 24/7 via an easy online search tool here: Restaurant Inspection Results

Remember that the State Health Department is there to protect you. If you’ve witnessed bad practices at a restaurant, report them via online form (Complaint) or by phone (662-234-5231).

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