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November DHEC Food Grades: 4 Charleston restaurants get a "C"

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There are hundreds of restaurants and retail food stores in the Tri-County area, Of those, four Charleston County restaurants received a grade of “C” from DHEC during Novemebr. All four saw their grades improve to "A" in follow-up inspections, according to DHEC.

No restaurants in Berkeley or Dorchester counties received a "C" from DHEC in October.

RELATED | October Food Grades: 6 Charleston restaurants get a "C" from DHEC

Following is a list of the four Charleston County food establishments that received a “C” in the last month. Overall scores and links to DHEC reports explaining the grades are provided for each.

  • Coleman Public House, 427 W. Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant
    “C” Grade, 72% score, Nov. 1 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” Nov. 13.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels, 80-B St. Philip St., Charleston
    “C” Grade, 97% score, Nov. 17 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” Nov. 21.
  • McDonald's, 7400 Rivers Ave., North Charleston
    “C” Grade, 98% score, Nov. 17 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” Nov. 21
  • Pattaya Restaurant, 607-C Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant
    “C” Grade, 91% score, Nov. 3 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” Nov. 6.

Outside the Tri-County area, only one Lowcountry restaurant received a “C” in November.

Scott’s BBQ in Hemingway in Williamsburg County got a “C” and 90% score Nov. 16. The popular barbecue restaurant got an “A” in a follow-up inspection on Nov. 21.

PAST GRADES

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ABOUT DHEC's FOOD GRADES

Retail Food Establishment Inspections are scored based on a 100 point scale. At the completion of the inspection, a letter grade is posted at each facility based on the calculated numerical score and the facility's past compliance history.

  • Grade A - The retail food establishment earned more than 87 points. Food safety practices appeared to meet the requirements of 61-25
  • Grade B - The retail food establishment earned 87-78 points. Food safety practices need improvement.
  • Grade C - The retail food establishment earned less than 78 points. Food safety practices need significant improvement.

There are circumstances and conditions outlined in state health code under which the letter grade posted at a facility may differ from the numerical score of the most recent inspection.

Each score is a snapshot in time based on how a retail food establishment handles the five major risk factors related to employee behaviors and preparation practices.

The five major risk factors are:

  • Food Contact Equipment Cleanliness - Did the inspector see build up on equipment that comes into contact with food?
  • Cooking Temperatures - Are foods being cooked or heated to temperatures within a safe range?
  • Employee Health - Does the facility have a plan in place to require employees who are sick to stay home?
  • Food Sources - Can the facility prove where all foods are coming from and are they coming from approved sources? (an exception would be raw, unprocessed produce from small farms, produce stands or farmers markets)
  • Food Holding Temperatures - Were the foods maintained at safe hot or cold holding temperatures?

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