It may be that all of Milford’s class 3 restaurants passed inspection in July.

There are about 175 class 3 restaurants in Milford: The class 3s are the primary eating establishments, from Alfa Pizza and the Athenian Diner to Wendy’s and Woodmont Pizza. Out of the 19 class 3s that have inspection reports filed for July, all of them passed, with scores ranging from 86 to 98.

However, some of the July inspection reports may not have been filed yet, according to health officials, who said the inspectors have 30 days from the inspection to close the case.

Every restaurant and food provider in Connecticut must be inspected by a city or town inspector to ensure it complies with food safety guidelines. Inspectors visit a restaurant, caterer or food truck unannounced and tally the food violations. Restaurants that fail inspections can be fined or closed if repeated offenses are not resolved.

Connecticut uses a point system on a 100-point scale for restaurant inspections. A failing grade is a score under 80 or if a restaurant receives one or more four-point violations.

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The Milford Mirror visited the health department last week and this week and looked through all of the class 3 restaurant files. The following had inspection reports in them, with their scores:

Bin 100 Restaurant

88

Bridge House Restaurant

94

Bridgeport Flyer Diner

91

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar

97

Captain’s Catch Seafood

92

China Max

93

Duchess Family Restaurant

93

Four Corners Rest Home

98

Golden Corral

86

Little Tokyo

88

Mike’s Italian Deli & Grill

97

Milford Pizza

86

Momo Japanese Cuisine

92

New Town Market

91

Pit Stop Cafe

94

Popeyes

87

Post Road News and Deli

98

Tung Hing Restaurant

87

Four-point violations include improper source of food, hazardous food temperatures, unwrapped food, improperly stored toxic items, improper hand-washing facilities, unsafe water source, improper sewage disposal, unacceptable plumbing, and inadequate toilet facilities.

“If inspectors find food that can be harmful if not at the right temperature, they throw it away,” said Health Director Deepa Joseph during a recent interview. “If we find food out of temperature, we don't want them serving it. We’re going in there and anything that science has shown can be a risk for foodborne illness, we’re looking to eliminate that risk when doing an inspection.”

The Milford Health Department does not compile a report of monthly restaurant inspections, but each restaurant file may be accessed by completing a Freedom of Information request.

The Milford Mirror visited the health department last week and this week and looked through all of the class 3 restaurant files. The following had inspection reports in them, with their scores:

Bin 100 Restaurant passed with an 88

Bridge House Restaurant passed with a 94

Bridgeport Flyer Diner passed with a 91

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar passed with a 97

Captain’s Catch Seafood passed with a 92

China Max passed with a 93

Duchess Family Restaurant passed with a 93

Four Corners Rest Home passed with a 98

Golden Corral passed with an 86

Little Tokyo passed with an 88

Mike’s Italian Deli & Grill passed with a 97

Milford Pizza passed with an 86

Momo Japanese Cuisine passed with a 92

New Town Market passed with a 91

Pit Stop Cafe passed with a 94

Popeyes passed with an 87

Post Road News and Deli passed with a 98

Tung Hing Restaurant passed with an 87

Still River Bar & Grill was inspected in July also, and while it appeared to have passed, the score had not yet been tallied.

A failed inspection in Connecticut means a food service provider will be inspected again within about two weeks. If a restaurant fails again, the owner is usually fined and required to appear before the local health inspection division, where each infraction is discussed and a plan to address the issues is established. A third violation means the business is subject to closure, at the discretion of the director of health.

“Even when we have restaurants that fail, they are really good at working with us,” said Joseph. “We all have the same goal.”

She said the inspectors aren’t just aiming to penalize restaurant owners for violations, but also to educate them on proper food handling, with the goal of making sure food is safe to eat.

Connecticut is in the process of changing its restaurant inspection system to follow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines. The new food code will change the way municipalities inspect food service providers.

The biggest change by switching to the federal FDA code is the elimination of the point system. The new system will focus on resolving violations instead of labeling food providers as either pass or fail.

The FDA code also updates safe cooking temperatures and allows for variances for special processes like sous-vide and smoking of meats that are not allowed under the current code.

In Milford, Joseph said inspectors have already been spending some of their inspection time educating local restaurant owners and staff about the new system.