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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is stepping up restaurant inspections.

Restaurants can once again be placed on a watch list for violations.

The new program is called Enhanced Regulatory Enforcement (ERE). According to the health department, establishments that score below an 85 on their inspection, fail an assigned follow-up inspection, or require closure due to an imminent public health issue (e.g. raw sewage, no electricity, no running water, rodent or insect infestation with food adulteration) will be placed on ERE.

As of the start of the month, 66 restaurants were on the list.

Inspectors say that doesn’t mean they’re not safe to eat at. Otherwise, the health department would have shut them down.

Restaurants are inspected at least twice a year and are required to post their most recent inspection scores near the entrance.

To see a full list of the latest food establishment inspection scores, visit