June food grades: 11 Tri-County restaurants, stores get "C" grade from DHEC

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Of the hundreds of restaurants and retail food stores in the Tri-County area, only 11 received a grade of “C” from DHEC for cleanliness and food safety during the month of June. Among those 11, five failed to improve their grade to an “A.”

All 11 establishments to receive a “C” at any point during the month were in Charleston County. No restaurants, stores or facilities in Berkeley or Dorchester county received below a “B.”

Following are the five Charleston County food establishments that received a “C” in June, and have not improved since their last inspection, according to DHEC:

  • Captain D's, 1932 Savannah Highway, Charleston (last inspection: 06/29)
  • Church's Chicken, 5343 Dorchester Road, North Charleston (last inspection: 06/02)
  • Fish Hut, 2671 Spruill Avenue, North Charleston (last inspection: 06/20)
  • La Hacienda, 6322 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston (last inspection: 06/27)
  • Sunshine Food Store No. 2, 1266 Remount Road, North Charleston (last Inspection: 06/22)

Following are the six other Charleston County restaurants or food stores to receive a “C” grade in June, all of which have since improved to “A” grades:

  • Captain D's, 4008 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston (last inspection: 06/15)
  • Creole Food Truck, 4830 O'Hear Avenue, North Charleston (last inspection: 06/22)
  • El Mercadito & Taqueria, 3575 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island (last inspection: 06/26)
  • Luz's Place, 1936 Remount Road, North Charleston (last inspection: 06/22)
  • Noisy Oyster Bar & Grill, 7842 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston (last inspection: 06/19)
  • Papa Johns, 1145 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mount Pleasant (last inspection: 06/23)

Outside the Tri-County area, no restaurants in Beaufort, Georgetown, Orangeburg or Williamsburg counties received a “C” grade in June. In Colleton County, the Walterboro Captain D’s received a “C” early in the month, but had improved to an “A” at its last inspection.

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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