Marion County has over 700 licensed restaurants. Restaurants recieve two unannounced routine inspections a year to determine compliance with the Food Sanitation Rules.
The inspection score is based on 100 points. Critical violations deduct either 4 or 5 points, while non-critical violations deduct 1 or 2 points. If the same violation is cited on consecutive semi-annual inspections the points deducted will double.
A restaurant that receives a score of 70 or higher is considered to be IN COMPLIANCE. Any critical violations that were cited were corrected immediately or an approved alternative procedure implemented. A restaurant that receives a score below 70 has FAILED TO COMPLY and must comply on a full reinspection within 30 days or be subject to closure or further administrative action. Consumers can find a placard on the restaurant entrance that indicates if a facility passed the last routine health inspection.
Follow-up inspections are conducted on any facility where a public health risk is identified. Inspections focus on food temperatures, food preparation practices, worker hygiene, dishwashing and sanitizing, equipment, and facility cleanliness.
Recent restaurant inspection scores are now online.