Health district creates rating program

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NVHDSEYMOUR — The Naugatuck Valley Health District announced Friday that it has started a food establishment “rating” program.

It’s designed to provide information to the public about the sanitary conditions observed in the establishment, according to a release from the district, which serves as the local health department for Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton.

A sanitarian will provide ratings (excellent, good, fair or poor) to the establishment with the inspection report during each inspection, according to the release. They’re based on the absence or presence of “risk factor and critical violations” that are likely to cause food borne illness, it stated.

The ratings apply to most facilities that prepare hot “potentially hazardous” foods, the release stated.

Ratings posters are given to the establishment owner when the inspection has been completed, and it must be posted in a prominent location.

Ratings also will be posted on the district website, www.nvhd.org. Inspection reports are available for review at the district office, 98 Bank St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.