One Darien food-serving establishment received a grade of “C,” the lowest of the three A-B-C town Health Department ratings, in the six most recently released health inspections.
In other inspection reports, one other food serving establishment in town received a “B,” and three others were rated “A.” The inspections were conducted from Jan. 11 to 17.
Most Recent Inspection Results
Here’s an alphabetical list of the most recently released health inspection results (an explanation for each part of the list, including links, is just below the list).
Keep in mind that a food-serving establishment with a history of good ratings may occasionally get a poor inspection rating, occasionally the best do, and every restaurant normally gets a few things wrong (an explanation of how this list is put together is immediately below it):
—Genji sushi at Whole Foods Market — 150 Ledge Road — Jan. 16 — Town Rating: C — State Score: 90 — Inspector’s Remarks: “Chicken bowl under heat lamp at 8 degrees—not holding (time on label was 12:08) temperature was tak[en] at 3 p.m.; brown rice at 45 degrees and quinoa at 55 degrees not cooled overnight (large batches) PH of quinoa at 4.6 when tested by manager. White rice still in holder at 2:30 p.m. according to log was to be discarded at 12 noon. Brown rice large batch covered and cooling at 122 to 141 degrees. NO approved HACCP [hazard analysis critical control point] for acidification process; not utilizing a three-bay sanitizing system; duct tape in display/refrigerated case, chipped/rusty shelving; fruit/drain flies are present.”
—Green & Tonic — 1098 Post Road — Jan. 12 — Town Rating: B — State Score: 91 [Editor’s note: Web pages for Green & Tonic not found on the Health Department website on Friday morning.]
Dates link to the food establishment’s inspection report referenced here (when available, sometimes it takes a while to get posted online), and Darien’s own A/B/C ratings link to a Web page showing several of the restaurant’s recent inspection ratings.
- Our previous article showing restaurant inspection ratings (Jan. 15)
- Darien Health Department Starts Letter Grades for Food Service Inspections
For restaurants and other food-serving establishments rated “C,” and for some others of interest to the public (like schools) additional information is given. When we provide that information here, then words within brackets (“[ ]”) have been added for clarity by Darienite.com; semicolons (“;”) separate individual comments by the inspectors. Each comment separated by semicolons is about a particular violation that triggers a deduction of one or more points from a perfect state score of 100.
How Darien’s Food-Serving Places Are Rated
Restaurants in town are rated under the Darien Health Department’s own A/B/C ratings system. Health inspectors also use the state health code regulations to score restaurants, with a perfect score set at 100, and demerits (of 1 to 4 points each) for various code violations.
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The Darien system takes into account problems that are ongoing, so a restaurant scoring higher than others on the state scale may actually get a lower score on the Darien scale.
You can find the past several inspection ratings under the Darien ratings system for food-serving establishments along with copies of inspection reports, including state health code scores on this website.
Any establishment actually deemed unsafe can be closed by the town Health Department until violations are fixed. Town Health Director David Knauf says that has never happened in the time he’s been with the department.