ALBANY — The state issued its latest round of enhanced food safety inspection ratings Friday, and most food retailers earned an A grade.
Hundreds received B grades, though, indicating that critical deficiencies were found but were corrected on the spot. Hundreds more received C grades for critical deficiencies that were not or could not be corrected during the inspection.
The state Department of Agriculture and Markets announced the new system and put it into use in January 2018, with a requirement that stores prominently post the ratings where customers would see them. The department said the grades will help customers better understand the sanitary conditions in that store.
The letter rating system was designed with the input of the food retail industry.
Agriculture and Markets’ Division of Food Safety and Inspection inspects the state’s food retailers at least once a year, looking for critical or general deficiencies.
Critical deficiencies are those that could lead to foodborne illnesses, such as problems with food condition, cooking and storage temperatures, or employee sanitary practices. Even one critical deficiency precludes an A rating.
General deficiencies are those that are not health threats but could negatively affect operation of the store, such as its design, maintenance and cleanliness. Stores can have general deficiencies and still earn an A rating.
Food Safety and Inspection is the largest division of Agriculture and Markets, with about 150 full-time employees covering the entire state.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, the department conducted 6,496 inspections at the roughly 29,000 retail food establishments statewide.
In the greater Capital Region, nine establishments got a B and 37 got a C. These included a large supermarket and a wholesale distribution center. But most violations went to small businesses, three of whom got a second C grade after reinspection in the same quarter.
Capital Region retailers fared worse in the fourth quarter than in the third quarter, when 7,521 inspections were performed statewide, yielding four B’s and 32 C’s in the Capital Region.
The Department of Agriculture and Markets said food retail establishments with a B or C grade are typically re-inspected sooner than they otherwise would be, and if the deficiency is not corrected upon reinspection, or if a new deficiency is identified, the retailer could face a fine. Many, however, pass reinspection with an A.
The department regularly updates inspection results at the data.ny.gov online database.
The following establishments in the greater Capital Region received B grades for critical deficiencies that were corrected on the spot:
- Central Park Deli, 90 McClellan St., Schenectady, Dec. 17
- Elder Market, 1329 State St., Schenectady, Dec. 13
- El Pilon Market, 179 S. Pearl St., Albany, Oct. 26
- Lark Central, 218 Lark St., Albany, Oct. 26
- Lewis Super, 2358 Burgoyne Ave., Hudson Falls, Nov. 29
- Lexdeli, 46 Lexington Ave., Albany, Nov. 13
- Rolf's Pork Store, 70 Lexington Ave., Albany, Dec. 28
- Stewart’s Shops #267, 204 Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany, Nov. 13
- 24 Hour Albany News, 8 Central Ave., Albany, Dec. 3
The following establishments received C grades for critical deficiencies that were not or could not be corrected on the spot:
- Ace Hardware Retail Support Center, 55 Northern Pines Road, Gansevoort, Nov. 30
- Adventure In Food Trading, 381 Broadway, Albany, Dec. 13
- Ag United, 1811 Columbia Turnpike, Castleton On Hudson, Oct. 1 and Dec. 24
- AK&S Deli Grocery, 190 Second Ave., Albany, Nov. 19
- Avadhoot, 464 N. Perry St., Johnstown, Oct. 11
- Bottoms Up Market & Deli, 263 Division St., Amsterdam, Dec. 12
- Cobble Pond Farms, 113 E. Fulton St., Gloversville, Oct. 2
- Colonie Exxon, 736 New Loudon Road, Latham, Dec. 27
- CVS Pharmacy, 885 Central Ave., Albany, Oct. 10
- CVS Pharmacy #4610, 2801 Guilderland Ave., Schenectady, Dec. 17
- Dave’s Market, 230 Route 43, Stephentown, Nov. 6
- Dollar Tree #1008, 15 Park Ave., Clifton Park, Nov. 16
- Eagle Mills Cider Co., 383 County Route 138, Broadalbin, Oct. 12
- Euro Deli And Market, 231 Wade Road Ext., Latham, Nov. 29
- 5 Star Food Mart, 281 Congress St., Troy, Oct. 15
- Gtb Fuel, 10 Round Lake Road, Ballston Lake, Nov. 26
- Just For The Health Of It, 300 N. Comrie Ave., Johnstown, Oct. 4
- Kinney Drugs #25, 12 Park Place, St. Johnsville, Oct. 29
- M&A Mart, 34 Fifth Ave., Troy, Oct. 11
- Medina Halal Market, 286 Central Ave., Albany, Dec. 12
- Mike Delicatessen, 91 Southern Blvd., Albany, Nov. 26
- New Asian Food Market, 91 Colvin Ave., Albany, Oct. 22 and Dec. 27
- New Mont Pleasant Bakery, 941 Crane St., Schenectady, Oct. 30
- North Allen News Deli, 159 N. Allen St., Albany, Oct. 9
- Pickle Hill Bulk, 709 Pickle Hill Road, Fort Plain, Oct. 29
- Pine Hills Market, 504 Hudson Ave., Albany, Nov. 27
- Price Chopper #116, 105 Plaza Lane, Cobleskill, Oct. 1
- River Store, 867 River St., Troy, Oct. 18 and Dec. 19
- Saratoga Apple, 1174 Route 29, Schuylerville, Oct. 16
- Sham, 123 Central Ave., Albany, Oct. 10
- Shorty Deli, 515 S. Pearl St., Albany, Dec. 31
- Speedway #07591, 4635 Route 30, Amsterdam, Oct. 16
- Stewart’s Shops #185, 542 Central Ave., Albany, Dec. 31
- Stillwater Mobil, 667 Hudson Ave., Stillwater, Nov. 16
- Terrace Mountain Orchard, 212 Apple Blossom Lane, Schoharie, Oct. 19
- Whitey’s Meat Deli & Beverage, 204 N. Perry St., Johnstown, Oct. 30
- Wm. H. Buckley Farm, 946 Route 50, Ballston Lake, Nov. 9