This is the first installment of Inspector Reflector, a monthly report on environmental health inspection scores for Statesboro restaurants. Check back at the end of every month for updated scores.
Inspector Reflector: Introduction
The Inspector Reflector series hopes to keep Georgia Southern University students and Statesboro residents informed about the cleanliness of local food service establishments.
Food safety and restaurant cleanliness are part of what makes a dining experience so enjoyable. Patrons walk into every restaurant and food service establishment trusting that the local health department has thoroughly inspected the place for violations prior to their visit.
In Statesboro, thorough environmental health inspections seem to be customary. For the month of January, 95 percent of Statesboro restaurants received a score of 90 or higher. This statistic doesn’t include all Statesboro restaurants, however, only the 63 restaurants inspected in January. The local health department is required to inspect every restaurant in the city at least twice per year, so expect more restaurants and their scores to be listed in Inspector Reflector in the coming months.
Health inspectors assess multiple criteria when conducting a routine restaurant inspection. Examples include:
Heather Peebles, district program manager and telehealth coordinator for the Southeast Health District, says the primary concern for health inspectors is foodborne illness. Depending on the type, foodborne illness can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms following consumption, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and chills. Foodborne illness may also result in death.
Examples of foodborne illness include salmonella, norovirus and Staphylococcus aureus. These microbes are often transferred to kitchen surfaces, utensils and food via cross-contamination, or the passing of microbes from one object, person or place to another.
Despite the effect that a low health inspection score may have on a customer’s appetite, Peebles says that customers should look beyond the score as well. More important to consider, she says, are the violations themselves.
“There are many situations where I would, personally, eat at an establishment that had a worse score than another establishment,” Peebles said. “My concerns would not be the number score but instead what violations were observed during the inspection process.”
In Bulloch County, if a food service establishment scores lower than a “B,” the health department must reinspect the facility again within 10 days. Violations that could lead to foodborne illness, however, must be corrected on site.
Scores for Statesboro, Georgia (January 2019)
Complete List (Highest to Lowest):
|Ogeechee Tech. Natural Rsrcs. Building||100|
|Ole Times Country Buffet||100|
|Parkwood Food Service||100|
|Cattails Café (Ogeechee Tech)||99|
|The Lodge at Bethany||99|
|La Berry Frozen Yogurt||98|
|Marriott Springhill Suites||97|
|Nonna Picci Pizza||97|
|Seasons of Japan||97|
|Bruster’s Real Ice Cream / Nathan’s||96|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||96|
|Cool Beanz Espresso Bar||96|
|Dunkin’ Donuts / Baskin’ Robbins||96|
|Locos Grill & Pub||96|
|Pineland Bulloch Adult Day Services||96|
|Southern Manor Retirement Inn||96|
|Brown’s Health & Rehab Center||95|
|Eagle Creek Brewing Company||94|
|Heritage Inn & Rehabilitation||94|
|New Tokyo Japanese Restaurant||94|
|Sonic Drive-In at Buckhead||94|
|The Clubhouse Family Entertainment||94|
|Elliano’s Coffee Company||93|
|Ocean Galley Seafood||92|
|Son’s Doner Kebab||92|
|Steak n’ Shake||92|
|168 Chinese Kitchen||91|
|McDonald’s (Archway Drive)||91|
|Southern Billiards & Burgers/Cowboys||91|
|Three Tree Coffee LLC||91|
|Vera’s Kitchen and Catering||87|
|Bulloch County Correctional Complex||81|
View the complete detailed list of violations for each restaurant here.