March DHEC Food Grades: 5 Charleston-area restaurants get 'C' grades
There are hundreds of restaurants and retail food stores in the Tri-County area, Of those, five restaurants received a grade of “C” from DHEC during March.
Three of those restaurants have since seen their grades improve to "A" in follow-up inspections, according to DHEC. Follow-up inspection results for the other two haven't been posted.
Four of the five restaurants are located in Charleston County. A fifth is in Dorchester County. No restaurants in Berkeley County received a "C" from DHEC in February.
Following is a list of the five Lowcountry food establishments that received a “C” in March. Overall scores and links to DHEC reports explaining the grades are provided for each.
- Charleston Harbor Fish House
32 Patriots Point, Mt. Pleasant
“C’ grade, 95% score, March 14 (REPORT)
Most recent grade: “A,” 100%, March 16
- Jackie's Restaurant
4306 Rivers Ave., North Charleston
“C” grade, 93% score, March 20 (REPORT)
No follow-up results reported as of May 1
- King's Pizza
3786 Ladson Rd., Ladson
“C” grade, 94% score, March 19 (REPORT)
Most recent grade: “A,” 98%, March 20
- Poblanos Mexican Cuisine
7571 Rivers Ave., North Charleston
“C” grade, 76%, March 1 (REPORT)
Most recent grade: “A,” 98%, March 1
- Mad Fish
1580 Old Trolley Rd., Summerville
“C” grade, 73% score, March 21 (REPORT)
No follow-up results posted as of May 1
In Williamsburg County, Ichiro’s Express on N. Main Street in Hemingway got a “C” and 74% on March 30. They were upgraded to an “A” and 100% April 9.
No other restaurants in Beaufort, Colleton, Georgetown or Orangeburg Counties received a "C" grade in March.
- PAST GRADES
January: 4 Tri-County restaurants get a "C"
December: 3 Charleston-area restaurants get a "C"
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?