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Changes Made to Restaurant Inspections

Posted September 6, 2007

— N.C. is changing the way it inspects restaurants and other places that serve food.

The law use to required food establishments to be inspected four times a year, no matter how limited or extensive the menu. Some counties did not have enough inspectors to meet those requirements.

With the new risk-based inspections, inspectors will focus on eateries that pose the highest potential risk to public health.

Inspectors will visit full service eateries more often than places that serve only pre-prepared foods and drinks.