The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) launched a new web application at scdhec.gov that provides the public with risk-based inspection scores and reports for all permitted retail food establishments at the touch of a button.
DHEC spokesman, Jim Beasley, told South Carolina Radio Network that S.C. Food Grades contains information from the latest DHEC inspection of the food establishment. “We also want them to provide a great dining experience for their customers. For the restaurants this new S.C. Food Grades, we believe is a great way to showcase their excellence and also improve overall transparency,” Beasley said.
Beasley said the agency does inspect all permitted food operations. “We do visit each retail food establishment a minimum of once per year. You can view a food establishment’s actual inspection report online.”
Using the map search tool, users can find nearby permitted retail food establishments on the map and then click on each establishment to view the two most recent inspection scores and recent official inspection reports for those establishments.
Users can also use the advanced search tool to retrieve reports of restaurant inspections in a variety of ways, including by street, city or county; facility name; grade; facility type or a specific date range. While some of this information was available previously on the DHEC website, this new tool provides a more comprehensive display of the available information.
Restaurants, bars, grocery stores, convenience stores, takeout pizza places and school cafeterias are among the operations ranked on the site.