In Virginia, restaurant inspection reports are not quite as simple as getting a letter grade or an easy to see number rating to post in the front window.
With that said, we all want to know how our favorite restaurants stack up on cleanliness and sanitation.
A "critical violation" is one that "poses a direct or immediate threat to the safety of the food being served." Non-critical violations are generally related to cleaning or maintenance.
"Ideally, an operation would have no critical violations, or none which are not corrected immediately and not repeated. In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely avoid any violations," according to the Virginia Department of Health's website.
The site continues: "Keep in mind that any inspection report is a 'snapshot' of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have fewer or more violations than noted in the report. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment."
In the past month, the following Falls Church restaurants have been inspected by the VDH. The full reports can be accessed on the health department's website.
6607 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church
“Observed pizza slicers located at front food line that are not being cleaned at least every 4 hours.”
Chon Lon Carryout Restaurant
6795 Wilson Blvd., #12
“Different types of raw animal foods stored in such a manner that may cause cross contamination as follows: raw squid over bamboo- 2-door prep cooler, raw chicken over raw beef, raw chicken over raw pork- 1-door upright freezer.”
Lemon Road Elementary School
7230 Idylwood Rd., Falls Church
“Observed milk at 44F in the Beverage Air milk cooler - PUT IN MCCALL REFRIGERATOR.”