The Health Department regularly inspects all Northern Kentucky food service establishments, including bars, restaurants, etc. Inspections are typically done twice per year.
Inspectors look for 38 potential items of violation, including:
- Is food being stored properly?
- Do workers handle food safely?
- Do workers practice good hygiene, like washing hands?
- Is food kept at safe temperatures?
- Is equipment in good working order?
- Is the establishment free of any pests, such as insects or rodents?
Establishments begin each inspection with a score of 100. Points are then deducted for violations observed by the inspector. A violation that is more likely to impact food safety is considered critical and will have a higher point value assigned.
For example, an employee who fails to wash his hands between handling raw chicken and uncooked vegetables would be a critical violation.
If the total inspection score is below 85 points or if the inspector observes any critical violations, a follow-up inspection is required. These inspections can be done the same day or within 30 days.
If the total inspection score is below 70, a conference with the Kentucky Department for Public Health may be necessary. The establishment may also be required to close if there is an imminent health threat.
View inspection reports for food service establishments in Northern Kentucky. These scores were updated on Aug. 28, 2017.
Please keep in mind that the inspection scores only represent the conditions present at the time of the inspection. Conditions in a restaurant as well as other types of food service establishments can change from hour-to-hour and day-to-day.
Copies of establishment inspection reports are available to the public upon written request. Please call 859-341-4151 for more details.