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Public health officials found an average of 2.7 violations during inspections of 69 Coulee Region restaurants in April.

There were a total of 186 violations found at 47 establishments in La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Jackson counties, according to reports provided by state and county health departments. There were no inspections done in Vernon County during the month.

There were 20 establishments with no code violations reported during regular annual inspections; one restaurant was violation-free during a follow-up visit.

The most commonly reported violation was improper date marking on stored food, followed by improper sanitization and storage of utensils.

The records, obtained through open records requests, were added to the La Crosse Tribune’s online restaurant inspection database, which includes all inspection reports since 2013 at restaurants in Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon counties.

The interactive database can be searched by establishment, location or the nature of violation.

Restaurants are typically inspected once per year, though some with serious violations receive follow-up visits.

An inspection represents a snapshot in time, and violations are often corrected on the spot. Performance is best measured over multiple inspections.

Chris Hubbuch can be reached at 608-791-8217. Follow him on Twitter @chrishubbuch.



Rhymes with Lubbock. La Crosse Tribune reporter and data geek. Covers energy, transportation and the environment, among other things.

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