Marion County has over 700 licensed restaurants. Restaurants recieve two unannounced routine inspections a year to determine compliance with the Food Sanitation Rules. Inspections focus on food temperatures, food preparation practices, worker hygiene & handwashing, dishwashing and sanitizing, equipment, and facility cleanliness.
The inspection score is based on 100 points. PRIORITY (P) violations deduct 5 points, and PRIORITY FOUNDATION(PF) violations deduct 3 points. The are no points deducted for CORE (C) violations. If the same P or PF 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 P or PF 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.
A recheck inspection is done to determine whether specific corrections have been maintained for P/PF violations creating a significantly increased risk for foodborne illness. A recheck inspection will also be done to determine whether specified corrections have been made or alternative procedures maintained for P/PF violations identified in previous inspections. Recent restaurant inspection scores are now online.