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Restaurant Grading System

The Green River District Health Department uses an A, B, C letter grading system on placards that food service businesses are required to post. The grading system guidelines are:

A – 85-100% with no critical violations. An “A” placard acknowledges safe food handling practices and designates that the facility meets the requirements of the Kentucky State Food Code without critical violations. The “A” placard will remain posted until the next routine inspection.

B – Includes ALL facilities that have failed two regular consecutive inspections, have failed a follow-up inspection, or were closed during the regular inspection due to imminent public health violations. The “B” placard will remain posted until the facility passes its next regular inspection.

C -84% or below. Includes ALL inspections with critical violations. A “C” placard indicates that a food service facility has failed to meet minimum requirements of the Kentucky State Food Code. This will include a score with any critical violations. The “C” placard will be placed for a minimum period of time determined by the inspector but not more than ten days. A follow-up inspection will be conducted and the applicable placard posted.

A facility that is closed for a score below 60 or for imminent public health violations, regardless of the numeric score, will be required to post a B placard after passing the next follow-up inspection. The B placard will be posted regardless of the passing numeric score. The B placard must be displayed until the next routine inspection.

A facility that fails two (2) consecutive regular inspections will be under administrative review. Any restaurant that fails two consecutive inspections will be required to post a “B” until its next unscheduled inspection.

Those facilities that fail a single inspection will be re-inspected within 10 days and the subsequent placard will reflect the follow-up inspection grade. If the re-inspection score is 85 or higher and no critical violations were detected, the facility will earn an “A” placard.

The posting requirement applies to permitted food businesses such as restaurants, bakeries, and retail food stores that cook, process, or otherwise prepare “ready-to-eat” foods that are sold or given to the public. The requirement covers the district’s seven counties of Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Mclean, Ohio, Union, and Webster.