Sanitation Scores

Gaston County Environmental Health is responsible for the sanitation grading of:

  • Food Service Facilities:

    • Restaurants
    • Caterers
    • Food Stands
    • Educational Food Services
    • Elderly Nutritional Sites
    • Institutional Food Services
    • Meat Markets
    • Delis
    • Mobile Food Units
    • Push Carts
    • School Cafeterias
  • Lodging and Bed & Breakfasts

  • Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, and other Institutions

Environmental Health Specialists are required to enforce North Carolina Rules and Regulations that govern the sanitation of these establishments. During the inspection of a food handling establishment, there is an emphasis placed on factors that increase the chance of developing food-borne illness and includes maintenance of kitchen equipment, general upkeep of the building, and the 5 risk factors associated with food borne illnesses:

These critical risk factors are:

  • Poor personal hygiene/employee health
  • Food from unsafe sources
  • Contaminated equipment/cross contamination
  • Inadequate cooking temperatures
  • Improper hot and cold holding temperatures, improper reheating, and improper cooling

Additionally, routine inspections check sewage disposal, water supply, restroom facilities, pest control, cleaning, lighting and ventilation, construction of floors, walls, and ceilings, and garbage disposal. Once an inspection is complete, the findings and results of the inspection are documented, reviewed with the owner/operator, and a letter grade card is posted. Sanitation grade cards are posted where they may be readily observed by the public upon entering the establishment. All establishments are required by law to keep their grade card posted. The sanitation grade is based on a 10-point scale and is as follows:

  • Grade A: 90- 100% 
  • Grade B: 80- 89.5%> 
  • Grade C: 70- 79.5%

Any establishment failing to score at least 70% will have its permit revoked immediately. Click the link below for a current list of grades.

Complete Listing of County-Wide Sanitation Scores