Restaurant Scorecard: Nov. 11

SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control aims at improving food safety at area restaurants through a statewide inspection initiative.

The results, which are made available to the public, are based off of a 100 point checklist that inspects 50 areas of each chosen establishment. The lowest grade a restaurant can receive is a "C" rating, or 70 to 77 points.

The following are two of the latest restaurant inspection results in Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island.

Hot Fish Club | 4911 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

Overall Grade: 78 – B

Inspectors found roughly four pounds of moldy chicken breasts in the restaurant, along with a hose attached to a faucet without a backflow protection.

The restaurant was also said to be thawing food improperly.

Various areas were in need of cleaning or repair.

[Click here to read the complete health inspection report (PDF)]

Roz's Rice Mill Café | 10880 Ocean Hwy., Pawleys Island.

Overall Grade: 83 – B

During an inspection, a DHEC employee found moldy salmon as well as roaches in the restaurant.

A cutting board was also found to be cracked.

Various areas in the restaurant were in need of cleaning or repair.

To see any follow up scores of these and other restaurants within our area, visit DHEC's website. From there, you can search for a specific restaurant name or restaurants within a specific area.

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