During inspection of the food establishments the inspectors look for violations and classify them as "critical" and "non-critical". A
critical violation is one that may quickly lead to foodborne illness. A non-critical violation is one that must be corrected in order to
comply with the Arizona Food Code, but may not lead to one becoming sick in a short period of time. The inspection report
consists of 27 critical violation categories. During the inspection, the assigned inspector marks which category has a violation and instructs the operator
to correct the violation within a specified amount of time. The establishment is then issued a rating card which is required to be posted where
it is in view of the public. The ratings are "Excellent", "Satisfactory", "Needs Improvement" and "Unacceptable".
An Excellent rating indicates that the establishment did not have any critical violations at the time of inspection.
A Satisfactory rating indicates the inspector did find critical violations, but the operator was able to correct the violations before the inspector left the facility
A Needs Improvement rating is given when critical violations are found in an establishment but they are not able to be corrected right away. A follow up inspection will be conducted in most instances.
A Unacceptable rating is when the establishment needs to be closed due to gross and insanitary conditions.