Cleanliness: How do local restaurants stack up?

A health inspector checks the temperature of food at a buffet.
A health inspector checks the temperature of food at a buffet.

The Naugatuck Valley Health District, which serves Shelton, has instituted a food establishment rating program designed to provide the public with information about the sanitary conditions observed in restaurants.

Ratings (Excellent, Good, Fair or Poor) are provided by the sanitarian to the food service establishment with the inspection report during each inspection and are based on the absence/presence of “Risk Factor and Critical Violations” that are likely to cause food-borne illness.

The ratings apply to most facilities that prepare hot “potentially hazardous” foods. Ratings are not given to seasonal and temporary food service establishments, schools, nursing and long-term care facilities, or to establishments operated by government or nonprofit organizations.

Ratings must be posted

Ratings posters are given to the owner/operator of the food establishment when the inspection has been completed and must be posted in a prominent location in the establishment.

The ratings also will be posted on the NVHD website and updated regularly. Inspection reports are available for review by the public at the NVHD office at 98 Bank St., Seymour, during normal business hours (weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.).

View the ratings

For ratings of Valley eating establishments, including in Shelton, click here:

The NVHD serves as the local health department for Shelton as well as Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck and Seymour.