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Restaurant Inspections: McDonald’s

The most recently available restaurant inspection reports from Jan. 3-15 along the Route 1 corridor.

From Jan. 3-15, the state health department inspected one restaurant along the Route 1 corridor: McDonald’s. For prior restaurant inspection reports, click here.

In Virginia, restaurant inspection reports aren't quite as simple as getting a letter grade or an easy-to-see number rating to post in the front window.

That said, we all want to know how our favorite restaurants stack up on cleanliness and sanitation. Inspectors grade restaurants based on critical and non-critical violations.

A "critical violation" is one that "poses a direct or immediate threat to the safety of the food being served." Non-critical violations are generally related to cleaning or maintenance.

"Ideally, an operation would have no critical violations, or none which are not corrected immediately and not repeated. In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely avoid any violations," according to Virginia Department of Health's website.

The site continues: "Keep in mind that any inspection report is a 'snapshot' of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have fewer or more violations than noted in the report. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment."

Below, find the latest restaurant inspection from the Virginia Department of Health. These inspections reflect visits from inspectors during the last few weeks. Some of the violations were corrected immediately during the recent inspections.

The full reports can be accessed on the health department's website.

McDonald’s
8735 Richmond Highway
Date of inspection: Jan. 10
Critical (corrected during inspection): Observed that poisonous and toxic materials are not properly stored to prevent the contamination of food, equipment, utensils, linens or single service items: cleaning chemicals above single use gloves and oil filter in storage room.
Non-critical (corrected during inspection): Observed that sign or poster that notifies food employees to wash their hands is not provided at all handwashing sinks used by food employees.
Non-critical (corrected during inspection): Wet wiping cloths used for wiping counters and other equipment surfaces were observed stored on the counter by drive through window.
Non-critical (corrected during inspection): Observed that mops are improperly stored between use.
Non-critical: The establishment has not posted the permit to operate in a conspicuous location.

T Ailshire January 28, 2013 at 09:28 PM
I've been reading these for about a year now. Those considered CRITICAL amuse me no end.

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