15A NCAC 18A .2662      GRADING

(a)  The grading of food establishments is based on a system of scoring.  A food establishment that earns a score of at least:

(1)           90 percent shall receive a grade A;

(2)           80 percent and less than 90 percent shall receive a grade B;

(3)           70 percent and less than 80 percent shall receive a grade C.

Permits shall be immediately revoked in accordance with G.S. 130A-23(d) for food establishments receiving a score of less than 70 percent.

(b)  The posted grade card shall be black on a white background.  All graphics, letters, and numbers for the grade card shall be approved as meeting the standards in this Paragraph by the State.  The alphabetical and numerical rating shall be 1.5 inches in height.  No other public displays representing sanitation level of the establishment may be posted by the regulatory authority, except for sanitation awards issued by the local health department.  Sanitation awards shall be in a different color and size from the grade card and must be labeled as an award.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A-248; S.L. 2011-394, Section 15(a);

Eff. September 1, 2012.