Shelton eateries score high marks with health inspectors

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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 nine 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 148 food establishments with an A. There were nine establishments which scored a B in inspections done through September.

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 that 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: Amici’s Restaurant, 500C Howe Ave., inspected April 16; Bar 140, 140 Center St., inspected April 29; Duchess of Shelton, 883 Bridgeport Ave., inspected June 1; Hook-Line & Sinker, 458 River Road, inspected May 18; Dunkin’ Donuts, 198 Leavenworth Road, inspected Jan. 11; Howe Grille, 276 Howe Ave., inspected Sept. 11; Taco Co., 391 Bridgeport Ave., inspected April 30; Subway, 815 River Road, inspected Aug. 13; and Wooster St. Market, 70 Wooster St., inspected Sept. 11.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com