By Rachel Dove
PIKEVILLE, Ky. - The Pike County Health Department normally inspects restaurants and other eating establishments twice a year, checking food storage, preparations, personnel, restrooms, water and other health conditions.
A perfect score on an inspection is 100 percent. Points are subtracted if violations are found. A score of 85 to 100 percent indicates compliance with health department guidelines, a score of 75 to 84 percent means the establishment must be reinspected within 30 days, and if problems have not been corrected during that time, will face possible closure. A score of 60 to 69 percent means the business will have five days to request a hearing to show why it should be allowed to continue operations. A failing score of 59 percent or less will result in an automatic and immediate closure if conditions pose an immediate health risk to the public.
Certain conditions and practices are considered potentially serious threats to the public’s health. These require correction within 10 days,
The following inspections were conducted during March.
Dollar General Store at Zebulon Highway, 92 percent; Daramar’s on Ferrell’s Creek Road, 94 percent; Dollar General Store at Belfry, 96 percent; Hamilton’s Grocery on U.S. Highway 23 South, 99 percent; Phelps Senior Citizen Center at Freeburn, 99 percent; Justice Quality Foods at Regina, 97 percent; Blackberry Senior Citizen Center at McCarr, 100 percent; Phelps Elementary, 100 percent; Phelps High School, 98 percent; Giovanni’s at Goody, 96 percent; Dream Cakes at Elkhorn City, 100 percent; and Justiceville Double Quik at Shelbiana, 97 percent.
The Snack Shack II at McCarr received a preliminary score of 78 percent and a follow-up score of 84 percent. The critical items were identified as past-dated food in the cooler that was more than a month old, food not at correct temperature, no hot water in restroom, chemicals stored under three-compartment sink were not labeled and medication was stored next to single-service items.
The Dollar Tree at Zebulon corrected a violation of outdated medicine on shelf (25 boxes of Advil, 6 tablets 200 mg, and 14 boxes of Assured brand extra strength pain relief PM, 25 200 mg), The problem was corrected and expired medications were destroyed at the time of inspection. A follow-up score of 95 percent was then received.
El Azul Grande Restaurant located on the South Mayo Trail received a critical item violation of cleaning solution bottles not being labeled and was given a score of 78 percent. This location will be reinspected in 30 days.