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South MS businesses fail health dept restaurant inspections


Six restaurants were cited by the Mississippi Health Department over the past six weeks.

Since Nov. 7, there have been 384 restaurants that scored an A for no violations and 68 that got a B when violations were corrected during the inspection.

Those that got a C are:

Circle K at 11006 U.S. 49, Gulfport, was inspected Nov. 14 for a permit.

It was cited for:

  • No certified manager
  • Insects, rodents or animals present
  • Last inspection report not posted

Corrected during the inspection was adequate hand washing facilities supplied and accessible.

A follow-up on Nov. 14 found the same issues were still present.

A follow-up inspection on Nov. 21 showed all issues were corrected and the restaurant got a B.

Circle K at 803 U.S. 90, Waveland, inspected Nov. 14 for a permit

The kitchen was cited for not having sewage waste water properly disposed

A follow-up on Nov. 16 showed the issue was corrected and the kitchen got a B.

This is the only C dating back to 2020.

Wendy’s at 3421 Denny Ave., Pascagoula, was inspected for a permit on Dec. 14 and was cited for not having a certified manager and not posting the last inspection report.

Corrected during the inspection was hands clean and properly washed.

This was the second C dating back to 2012

Waffle House, 1423 Denny Ave., Pascagoula, was inspected Dec. 7 for a permit and got a C for not having a certified manager. This was the first C since 2014.

At a follow-up inspection Dec. 16, all violations were corrected and the restaurant scored a B.

Piggly Wiggly Deli at 7831 Mississippi 613 in Moss Point had a scheduled inspection Dec. 16 and was cited for improper cold holding temperatures. The inspector returned the next day and found no violations, resulting in a B. The only other C was in 2012.

Shaggy’s Gulfport Restaurant, 1724 East Beach Blvd., Gulfport. was Inspected Nov. 9. It was given a C for food contact surface not cleaned and sanitized. However, there was a question about the testing method for a dishwasher, which is inspected daily by the staff and weekly by the manufacturer. The inspector returned the following day, reinspected the dishwasher and found there was no violation. The restaurant then got a B.

The restaurant had only one C dating back to 2016.

Restaurants and other food service establishments in Mississippi are rated “A” if they pass the health department inspection, “B” if violations are corrected during the inspection, and “C” if the violations are critical.

Mary Perez has won awards for her business and casino articles for the Sun Herald. She also writes about Biloxi, jobs and the new restaurants and development coming to the Coast. She is a fourth-generation journalist.





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