Dead Flies in Tequila
The state changed its inspection terminology last fall. Instead of critical and noncritical violations, problems are now divided into priority, priority foundation, and core violations. Priority violations are those that pose a direct risk of food-borne illness, such as improper food temperatures. Priority foundation violations involve anything that could cause a priority violation, such as refrigerators not holding at required temperatures. Core violations are connected to general sanitation and facility maintenance.
"There's a perception out there that you can tell about a place's cleanliness by its appearance," says Hanton. "But it's things like not cooling rapidly enough or storing food at the wrong temperature or putting the wrong date on a package that are likely to get people sick if they're not taken care of. And we make sure those things are taken care of right away."