Restaurant Health Inspections

The Forecaster has published an article about Portland’s restaurant health inspector and the level of rigor she’s bringing to the job.

Sturgeon’s position was created to strengthen the public safety aspect of restaurant inspections, the city said. At the same time, the city also changed its inspection system from a numbered scale going up to 100, to a pass/fail system.

Now, to pass inspection, a restaurant can incur up to 13 code violations, no more than three of which can be deemed critical. Some violations may be resolved on the spot; for critical violations, Sturgeon returns within a week or two to check if they’ve been fixed.

This article is part of the paper’s ongoing coverage of restaurant health inspections.