I received an inquiry from someone associated with one of the restaurants on last month's naughty list wondering why I had included them when they had, within just a day or two, corrected all the violations from their inspection. Here is the way I provide this information. Every restaurant that received an inspection with 5 or more violations during the previous month is included. Likewise, any restaurants that received a report with zero violations during the month are included in the linked pages of perfect inspections. While it is true that many restaurants with violations correct them immediately (and are required to, if possible) it is also true that restaurants with perfect scores could easily have a lapse within a day or two later. All inspections are a snapshot in time. Are all restaurants that receive 5 or more violations forever doomed to be poor performers? Of course not! Are all restaurants that receive a perfect inspection exempt from all future inspections? Of course not. It's up to patrons to decide how the reports are useful to them.
© Judy Hedding
My list represents those restaurants (not schools, caterers, corporate cafeterias, bakeries or other food processing businesses) that had five or more Risk Factor violations -- those are considered a risk for foodborne illness -- during the inspection. A restaurant with that many Risk Factors would be one that I'd avoid, at least until they had subsequent inspections showing more understanding of safe food preparation standards and concern for their patrons.
See which restaurants in Maricopa County which had five or more Risk Factors noted on their last inspection. After you peruse that, please take a look at the many Phoenix area restaurants that achieved perfect inspections during the month of December 2012.
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