Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - With millions of tourists flocking to Myrtle Beach each year, the Grand Strand service industry certainly gets its fair share of satisfying appetites with a wide range of cuisine.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control has strict regulations in place to help keep food establishments clean, but could your favorite spot be one of the dirtiest in town?
Inspectors with DHEC's Division of Food Protection surprise slightly less than 17,000 food establishments across the state with inspections each year, in an effort to help prevent the spread of disease and promote health.
Restaurants that are inspected go through an unannounced, vigorous 100 point check-up that targets areas of food preparation, food storage and the cleanliness of both the restaurant and its employees. At the end of the inspection, the restaurant is awarded an A, B or C grade.
- Grade A - 88 to 100 points. Restaurants exhibit very good to acceptable levels of sanitation during an unannounced visit.
- Grade B - 78-87 points. Restaurants exhibit acceptable to marginal sanitation levels during an unannounced visit.
- Grade C - 77-70 points. Restaurants exhibit poor to marginal sanitation levels during an unannounced visit.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, WMBF News Anchor Matthew Nordin uncovers some of the Grand Strand's dirtiest restaurants and why they continue to score poorly on routine health inspections.