There were a total of 122 violations reported at 28 establishments in La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, Vernon and Jackson counties in September, according to records provided by state and county health departments.
There were five restaurants with no code infractions reported during regular annual inspections but none that were cleared in complaint-driven visits. None were violation-free in follow ups to inspections done earlier this year.
The most commonly reported violation involved proper date marking on food.
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.
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An inspection represents a snapshot in time, and violations are often corrected on the spot. Performance is best measured over multiple inspections.