St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment regularly inspects food service establishments throughout St. Charles County, except for within limits of St. Peters.
Businesses are inspected one to four times a year or after public complaints. "Lower-risk" places, like gas-stations that serve pre-packaged foods, are inspected less often than "higher-risk" places, like a restaurant, said Doug Bolnick, spokesman for the health department.
The establishments begin with a score of 100 and points are deducted based on the severity of problems observed. According to the department's website, a low score does not mean the restaurant was unsafe on the day of the inspection.
"A place could have just one deficiency that garners a relatively 'high' score out of 100, but that the problem is so critical, it forces immediate action – while another may have two or three non-critical deficiencies that would give that provider a lower total score," said Bolnick.
Below, find links to stories featuring inspections of restaurants throughout the county. To look up other scores, visit the health department's Food Inspection page.
St. Peters Health Department regularly inspects food service establishments throughout the city including restaurants, caterers, schools, food stands, day cares, bakeries, and frozen treat stands.
Unannounced inspections include an evaluation of how food is received and stores, temperatures used to cook, hold and reheat foods, according to the department's web page. The establishments begin with a score of 100 and points are deducted based on the severity of problems observed.
A follow up inspection is conducted within 10 days to verify that critical violations have been corrected.
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