Shelton eateries earn high marks in health inspections

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SHELTON — With the holidays approaching, residents can take comfort that the majority of city eateries continue to earn high marks from local health inspectors.

The Naugatuck Valley Health District, using an A, B, C and D rating system, graded 142 food establishments with an A. There were six establishments which scored a B in inspections done through mid-November.

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 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 exhibits 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.

According to the district, the following eateries earned a B: Duchess of Shelton, 883 Bridgeport Ave., inspected Nov. 2; Hook-Line & Sinker, 458 River Road, inspected May 18; Dunkin’ Donuts, 198 Leavenworth Road, inspected Sept. 24; Howe Grille, 276 Howe Ave., inspected Sept. 11; Subway, 815 River Road, inspected Aug. 13; and Wooster St. Market, 70 Wooster St., inspected Sept. 11.