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Inspection Information

Establishment compliance is determined by the types of violations that are observed during inspection.  

Fifteen out of thirty-five of these violations are called CDC risk factors because they are directly linked to foodborne illness if uncontrolled. 

Failed inspections occur when an establishment demonstrates that they aren’t actively controlling risk factors inherent to foodborne illness.  Any of the following scenarios would result in a failing inspection:  

  • Total of 5 or more of Violations flagged with “*” (CDC Risk Factors)
  • Total of 11 or more of Violations between 1-35.
  • Total of 6 or more of violations between 1-35, plus 8 or more core violations 36-58.

CDC Risk Factor Violations

  • (2) Person in Charge/Demonstration on Knowledge
  • (4) Ill Workers
  • (5) Hands Clean & Washed
  • (7) Proper Handwashing/No Barehand Contact with Ready-to-eat Foods
  • (8) Approved Sources
  • (9) Food Unadultered/Good Condition
  • (10) Required Records
  • (11) Food Properly Separated & Protected
  • (17) Proper Cooking Temperatures
  • (18) Reheating Temperatures
  • (19) Cooling Temperatures
  • (20) Hot Holding Temperatures
  • (21) Cold Holding Temperatures
  • (23) Time as a Control
  • (24) Partial Cooking Methods

Actions Taken

Depending upon the conditions observed at the time of inspection, several enforcement actions may be taken.
Voluntary Closure

Under extreme unsafe and unsanitary conditions, the establishment operator is asked to close.  Once the issue that resulted in closure is addressed, the establishment notifies THD and then reopens.  The inspector follows up onsite to confirm that the conditions that resulted in closure no longer exist.   Conditions that would warrant closure include:  

  • Extreme unsanitary conditions
  • Extreme pest infestation
  • Water supply not adequate
  • Critical pieces of food equipment not functioning properly

Summary Suspension

When an imminent health hazard exists that cannot be corrected within a reasonable time, the health department immediately closes the facility.  These conditions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sewage backup into the facility
  • Insufficient refrigeration or hot hold storage equipment
  • Evidence of pests in food or on food preparation surfaces
  • Interruption of safe, potable water
  • Foodborne disease outbreak linked to the facility
  • Interruption of electrical service for more than 4 hours
  • Severe structural damage
  • Employee working with Salmonella species, Shigella species, Shigatoxin-producing E.coli 0157:H7, or Hepatitis A
  • Other imminent hazards as determined by the health department

A facility who has had their license summary suspended can submit a written request for a re-inspection within 24 hours.  If the reason(s) for the suspension no longer exists, their license or permit can be immediately reinstated.  If the facility does not feel that the suspension was warranted, they can also submit a written request for a hearing before the Director of the Health Department.

Revocation Notice

This notice is issued to an establishment that has had three consecutive non-compliant inspections or chronic repeat priority foundation violations.  The establishment may request a hearing within 10 days before the Director of the Health Department to further discuss whether the revocation was warranted. If a hearing is not requested by the end of the 10-day period, the food establishment license is revoked, and the establishment may no longer operate. 

If the establishment feels there was an error made by the Director in the enforcement of the Code, an appeal can be made to the Tulsa Food Advisory Council within 10 days of receiving the Director’s decision. The hearing panel will then decide to uphold the revocation, temporarily suspend the license, place the establishment on probation or take no action.  If either party challenges the decision, an appeal for hearing can be submitted before the City Council.


The self-inspection document is provided establishment operators as a daily checklist tool that helps build cultural food safety habits and ultimately ensures that the establishment is proactively controlling risk factors daily.   


"Reinspection Within # Days" is indicated on the inspection report when the establishment has a failing inspection and this notice reminds establishment operators that a compliance inspection will occur within the specified time period.

Follow-Up Notices

Follow-Up Notices are issued to establishments when there are violations that cannot be corrected during the inspection that require follow-up.  Once the operator addresses the issue, the follow-up notice needs to be returned to THD by the dated indicated on the Notice form.
Warnings serve as a reminder that if current conditions continue to occur on subsequent inspections,  citations may be issued to court.

Tickets Issued

"# Tickets issued" is reported when misdemeanor citations were issued to the establishment manager or other designee for repeat or flagrant violations.  Depending on the municipality, the fine may be up to $1200 per offense. Other penalties may be issued at the discretion of the presiding judge, for repeat offenders.

Types of Inspections

Food establishment inspections are based on the establishment priority, previous inspection results, and complaints that are received from consumers.


Most inspections performed are unannounced routine inspections that occur at a frequency based on the establishment priority rating. 

  • High priority establishments receive a minimum of three routine inspections per year, 
  • Medium priority establishments receive a minimum of two inspections per year,
  • Low priority inspections receive a minimum of one inspection per year.

Follow-up (Compliance)

When an establishment has a non-compliant inspection, depending on the severity of violations observed, a documented compliance inspection takes place within two weeks following the initial failing inspection.  

New Establishment

This inspection activity designation is selected when a food establishment meets code requirements and license permits are issued so that they can open for business.


When THD receives complaints, the inspection that occurs is unannounced and typically focuses on the issue complained about.  Following the onsite complaint investigation, the complaint and observed issues are discussed with management.


These inspections are usually conducted during the construction phase of food establishments or for other documented onsite investigations to ensure that previous issues are addressed. For example, THD inspectors schedule courtesy inspections with food establishment management after a failed inspection to work with them on long term solutions for food safety issues at their establishments.  

Types of Violations
  1. Priority: food code requirements that are directly linked to the elimination, prevention or reduction of hazards associated with foodborne illness or injury.  There are no other food safety provisions that more directly control hazards. Priority items include quantifiable measures that demonstrate control of hazards such as cooking, reheating, cooling, or handwashing.
  2. Priority Foundations: food code requirements that require that specific actions, equipment, or procedures by food industry management are taken to achieve control of risk factors that cause foodborne illness or injury such as personnel training, infrastructure, or necessary equipment, HACCP plans, documentation or record keeping, and labeling.
  3. Core: food code requirements that are not designated as a priority item or priority foundation item.  Core requirements are usually related to general sanitation, operational controls, sanitation standard operating procedures (SSOPs), facilities or structures, equipment design, or general maintenance.

The inspection results provided on our website are uploaded after internal review and are organized by date for your review.  Presenting establishment inspection report history better reflects the overall status of the facility. Inspections are provided in chronological order with the most recent inspection first.   If enforcement actions are taken at the time of inspection such as warnings or tickets, that information is also indicated on the inspection report.