This data is from Cabell and Wayne County restaurant inspections performed by the local health departments. The data extends back to 2002 for Cabell and to April 2007 for Wayne County. Information returned includes the number of critical and non-critical violations, where a critical violation is defined as "a provision that, if in noncompliance, is more likely than other violations to contribute to food contamination, illness, or environmental health hazard."
Starting July 1, 2008, West Virginia revised its state code. Establishments that have more than three critical violations found during an inspection must close until those violations are corrected. Many critical violations are corrected during the inspector's visit.
Examples of critical violations include undercooked food, cleaning supplies being stored with food, or the presence of insects or rodents. Non-critical violations include faulty thermometers, improperly labeled food, and poor worker hygiene. A complete list of all violations as defined by the 2005 FDA Food Code is available in PDF format.
Searching by restaurant name will provide you with the inspection history for all restaurants with that name -- we suggest narrowing your search by including a partial address. Location is only searchable by street address within Cabell County; city is available for Wayne County food vendors.