Restaurants and other retail food establishments are scored using a risk index system. With a risk index system, as when playing golf, the lower the final number, the better. Violations are more heavily weighted when they pose a greater risk to the safe preparation of food. For example, not cooking chicken to the required temperature would pose a greater risk to a consumer's health than a kitchen floor in disrepair.
Depending on the violations and inspection score, a retail food establishment will fall into one of the following three categories:
Pass: Pass means the establishment meets fundamental food safety standards. The establishment could have some priority, priority foundation or core violations. Some or all violations were corrected during inspection. The risk index range is 0-49 total points.
Re-Inspection: Re-Inspection means that food safety violations were found. Corrections may have been made but the rating requires a re-inspection to ensure basic food safety standards are met. The establishment has a higher level of risk with several priority, priority foundation or core violations. The risk index range is 50-109 total points.
Closed: Closed means that significant unsanitary conditions or other imminent health hazards were found. The establishment has multiple priority, priority foundation or core violations representing high risk. Facility must cease operations until conditions and violations are corrected. Facility must receive prior approval by the health authority before reinitiating operations. The risk index range is 110 total points or higher.