Protecting the health and safety of all who eat at Mercer County’s food-service establishments is a top priority of the Mercer 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.
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 lntent 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 a rating of 59 or less.
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.
Mercer County Health Department food scores from April through June include:
Chimney Rock Marina 100
Wavies Mid-lake Marina 100
Bartley’s Pandora Marina 100
Mercer County Fair concession 100
Anderson Dean Park soccer concessions 100
Anderson Dean softball concessions 100
Loafers Grill 100
Burgin Independent School 100
Kentucky Fudge Co. 100
Dunn & Co. Catering/restaurant Inc. 100
Harrodsburg Health Care 100
Hitachi canteen 100