Food Inspections

About Food Inspections

The Buffalo Trace District Health Department regularly inspects all Mason County and Robertson County food service establishments, including bars, restaurants, and grocery stores. Inspectors evaluate the food’s safety by looking at many factors, including if the food is being handled safely and stored properly and if the workers are practicing good hygiene.

Every time a food service establishment is inspected, it gets a grade based on how many health violations were found. A perfect inspection score is a 100. If an establishment’s score is below an 85, a follow-up inspection is required. If the inspection score is below 70, a conference with the Kentucky Department for Public Health may be necessary, and the establishment may be required to close if there is an imminent health threat. You can learn more about food service establishment requirements by going to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services’ Food Safety page, or

Click here to view the latest inspection scores. Please keep in mind that the inspection scores only represent the conditions present at the time of the inspection. Conditions in food service establishments can change from hour-to-hour and day-to-day.

Below is an image of the form our inspectors use when they evaluate food service establishments:

Restaurant Form