Shelton eateries earn high grades from health inspectors

Results of recent Naugatuck Valley Health District health inspections.

Results of recent Naugatuck Valley Health District health inspections.

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SHELTON — City eateries earned high grades from local health inspectors, with only four establishments among the more than 150 earning below an A.

The Naugatuck Valley Health District, using an A, B, C and D rating system, graded some 150 food establishments with an A. There were two establishments which scored a B, two others had Cs in inspections done through April.

To earn an A rating, a food service establishment must have an inspection score of 93 to 100 with no critical four-point violations and not more than one risk-factor violation.

Critical violations include lack of hand washing facilities, food held at unsafe temperatures, and improper storage of toxic items such as cleaning supplies.

Risk factor violations, less serious than critical violations, can be anything from storing food containers on the floor to the presence of rodents on the premises.

The A rating also means that a qualified food operator, designated alternate or other knowledgeable and trained staff was on site at the time of inspection, records of training are available, accurate and up to date. Safe food handling practices and procedures also must be observed at the time of inspection and the facility needs to be found in compliance with the public health code.

A B rating means a food service establishment has an inspection score of 86-92 with no critical four-point violations and no more than two risk-factor violations. The establishment needs to be free of major structural defects and exhibit safe food handling practices and procedures at the time of inspection. For this grade, the facility was found to be substantially in compliance with the public health code.

A C rating means a food service establishment having an inspection score of 80-86 with no uncorrected critical four-point violations and no more than four risk factor violations. The establishment has conditions that need to be corrected such as structural defects or other violations and/or unsafe food handling practices likely to cause foodborne illness.

According to the district, the following eateries earned a B: Dunkin’ Donuts, 198 Leavenworth Road, inspected Sept. 24, 2021; and Red Lotus, 872 Bridgeport Ave., inspected April 19. Bar 140, 140 Center St., inspected on April 13, and J.C.’s Sports Bar and Grill, inspected March 23, each earned a C.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com