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July 3, 2014

Restaurant inspections

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee county restaurants are inspected four to two times a year on average for compliance with the state’s health code.

The results of these inspections are open to the public in a searchable database on the state website.

Larry Bergner, the supervisor for the northeast corner of the state, also encourages those concerned to call in to their offices for more information about any violations.

Violations highlighted in orange are priority violations directly related to foodborn illnesses. Other violations are priority foundation violations, indicating they lead to priority violations occurring.

Bergner encouraged those who looked up restaurant violations to call in for more details because they many not give the full account of the situation.

He used violation 16 as an example. This violation indicates there is an issue with “insects, rodents and other pests controlled.”

Bergenr said this violation could mean rodent droppings were found in a dry foods storage area or it could mean there was a large amount of flies present in the kitchen.

“An inspection is a snapshot in time,” the state health department reminds users on their website. “A review of the inspection history is a better indicator of a service establishment’s operational conditions.”

The link for the database is www.ok.gov/health/pub/wrapper/foodservice.html.

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Poll

Do you think "blue laws" related to Sunday alcohol sales in Oklahoma should be relaxed? Choose the option that most closely reflects your opinion.

Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars, and liquor stores should be open.
Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars only; liquor stores should stay closed.
Liquor stores should be open Sundays, but drinks should not be served anywhere on Sundays.
The law should remain as it is now; liquor stores should be closed, and drinks should be served on Sundays according to county option.
No alcohol should be sold or served publicly on Sundays.
Undecided.
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