Baskin Robbins Earns High Marks on Unannounced Health Inspections

Baskin Robbins has earned an average score of 95.5 out of 100 on health inspections through the past nine years, records show.

A fixture of Main Street in New Canaan, the candy and ice cream shop has scored 92 and higher through 16 unannounced inspections conducted by sanitarians with the New Canaan Health Department since October 2008, according to a review of the organization’s files at Town Hall.

Baskin Robbins in New Canaan. Credit: Michael Dinan

Sanitarians use a state Department of Public Health standard, citing eateries for violations that range in seriousness and corresponding weight from 1 to 4 points. A “failed” inspection is triggered either by one or more 4-point violations or a total score of less than 80 points.

Owned by New Canaan resident and 1987 NCHS grad Anna Valente, employing a number of local teens and residents and site of the most-read NewCanaanite.com article of 2016, Baskin Robbins consistently has earned the equivalent of A’s and A+’s in its inspections (article continues below):

Baskin Robbins, Health Inspection Results

Date of InspectionScore
2/11/1792
8/4/1694
2/1/1698
7/20/1595
12/4/14100
3/24/1495
8/21/1397
1/2/1397
7/3/1296
1/12/1295
7/13/1193
1/3/1193
7/28/1095
1/29/1099
9/25/0994
10/31/0898
*Source: New Canaan Department of Health

 

Officials in the health department said a score that consistently comes in at or near perfect is “optimal for any establishment.”

Speaking to such high scores generally and not to Baskin Robbins specifically, Sanitarian Carla DeLucia said it would the establishment is “without any four-point violations, without temperature violations and likely without any critical violations.”

“Sanitarians work to help food establishments maintain compliance and, as a result, New Canaan on the whole fares well on inspections,” DeLucia said.

Baskin Robbins’ minor violations include labeling sauce bottles, replacing a broken refrigerator door gasket and spoons submerged in candy containers.

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