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Since 1963 the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health has been issuing grades to any food facility that handles open food. Food facilities such as restaurants, bakeries, delis and bars receive unannounced inspections throughout the year and are issued a grade after each one of those inspections. The grade that a facility receives must be posted in an publicly viewable area, usually near the front door or front register.



A permanent food establishment that handles open foods receive a grade at the end of an inspection.  The score of the inspection represents the grade.  There are only three possible grades that a facility can receive during an inspection.  Unlike the grades you received in school, an “A” grade is the only passing grade that a facility can get.   Grades of “B” and “C”, also known as “Downgrades”, means the facility did not meet minimum health standards and is required to correct the violations and be re-inspected to an “A” grade.


Award of Recognition

The “Award of Recognition” was developed in 1998 in an effort to recognize food establishments which have consistently maintained exceptionally high sanitary operational, and structural standards assuring the maximum protection of the public’s health and safety.

In order to receive this award, a food establishment must maintain a score of 95% or above on all routine inspections the previous calendar year (minimum of two inspections), maintain a current Environmental Health Permit, and maintain food handling staff with valid Food Handler Certification.  A listing of all food establishments which have qualified for this award will be prepared by March 1st of each year. Click here to view this list.
Our Department encourages the food facility to proudly display this “Award of Recognition”, as it symbolizes the hard work and efforts of the food establishment.