How does Mississippi’s restaurant inspection grading work?
Two complaints sent inspectors to the kitchens of a popular brewery and a seafood market, both of which were cited by the Mississippi Department of Health for critical violations.
The kitchen at Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co., 7030 Roscoe Turner Road in the Kiln, was inspected Thursday, March 28, after a complaint to the health department. The report showed a violation in the category of insects, rodents and animals not present. This is the first violation since the kitchen was given a permit in 2017.
The brewery issued a statement Friday afternoon, saying it has maintained an A rating since opening The Porch eatery in 2017.
“We were recently inspected due to a complaint. The inspector noted Fred, our rescue dog, in our tap room taking a nap. Mark found Fred on the side of the road near the brewery late one night, starving, hairless and sick. Mark and Leslie fostered him back to health and officially adopted him in January. He is now a beautiful, gentle, and playful pup who loves to meet new people. He would greet tap room guests on most days and has become almost as popular as our Southern Pecan. It has always been our goal to create a family-friendly and pet-friendly culture. We respect the health department rules. The inspector was professional and courteous. We are exploring options for maintaining a pet-friendly environment.”
Health inspectors also gave a C grade to Ly Le Seafood Market, 301 U.S. 90, Waveland. During an inspection on March 22 following a complaint, the restaurant was cited for not having sewage waste water property disposed and for food contact surface not cleaned and sanitized. A repeat inspection on March 27 resulted in a B grade, when the issue of contact service cleaned was corrected during the inspection.
Also cited during a March 28 scheduled inspection was Cazadores Grill, a Mexican restaurant at 1635 Pass Road, Biloxi. The restaurant was cited for not having proper date marking and disposition, a repeat violation. The restaurant also was cited for this during the last inspection in October 2018.
The Health Department inspectors give restaurants and other food venues an A rating when they pass the inspection and a B if most violations are corrected during the inspection. A grade of C is given for critical violations. Inspection reports must be posted where customers can see the current rating.
Find the inspection reports at https://apps.msdh.ms.gov/food/