How the score for Smith County restaurant reports is changing. No more perfect 100's... But a perfect zero.
Brenda Elrod, of the Smith County Public Health District: "I don't want them to go into shock when they see that a restaurant made a zero. A zero will mean a good thing."
Each violation has a number of demerit points. Instead of being subtracted from 100, We start counting at zero.
Critical violations are five points, four points, and three points.
So the idea would be anytime you received any points off, then you would know you received a critical violation, so the perfect score now is a zero..
Five Demerits are given for the following violations:
1. Improper Cooling for Cooked/Prepared Food
8. Hygienic Practices (Eating/Drinking/Smoking/Other)
9. Unapproved Source or Labeling of Products
10. Unsound Conditions
15. Equipment Not Adequate to Maintain Product Temperature
16. Handwash Facilities Not Adequate or Accessible
17. Handwash Facilities without Soap and/or Towels
18. Evidence of Insect Contamination
19. Evidence of Rodents/Other Animals
20. Toxic Items Improperly Stored/Labeled/Used
21. Problems with Manual Washing and Sanitizing
22. Problems with Mechanical Washing and Sanitizing
23. Unapproved Sewage/Wastewater Disposal System or Improper Disposal
24. Thermometers not provided/inaccurate/not properly calibrated
25. Food Contact Surfaces of Equipment and Utensils not cleaned, sanitized, or in good repair
26. Consumer Advisories not posted (Heimlich, raw shellfish warning, buffet plate)