by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Department of Public Health and Social Services' Division of Environmental Health has released the sanitation inspection results for the week of November 14-19. The division inspected retail, restaurant, bakery, and child care facility establishments and for the most part, many of the visits were regular inspections while a few were in response to complaints and others were follow-ups.
Division of Environmental Health Administrator Tom Nadeau says regular inspections are supposed to be done four times a year. But with a staff of only three assigned to conduct sanitation inspections and an estimated 3,000 establishments, Nadeau admits it's a challenge to even do inspections once a year. Establishments are given letter grades based on the number of demerits they receive. 0 to 10 demerits results in an "A" rating while 11-20 is a "B" 21-40 is a "C". Any establishment with 41 or more demerits will be shut down.
If there are violations, Nadeau says the establishment is given a certain number of days to correct the deficiencies. Public Health then returns a few days later to conduct a follow-up inspection to determine if the violations have been corrected. During those follow up visits, public health may find that there are repeat violations and new ones, which could result in just a few demerits but a downgrade in the letter rating.
All of the establishments inspected received an "A" or "B" rating with the exception of Yigo Mobil Store, which received a "C", "D' Marianas Trench Thai that had 22 demerits from a regular inspection resulting in a "C" rating. ABC 123 Learning and Development Center had 22 demerits, resulting in a "C"; rating and Fortune Cookie Café that had 34 demerits giving them a "C" rating.
Public Health meanwhile hopes to have the weekly sanitation inspection results available on their website soon.