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The Butler County Health Department has seen a spike in health code violations at the restaurants and grocers that it inspects.

Brian Williamson, Chief of Environmental Services, says the spike is attributable to improved practices at the Health Department.

"We've been focusing on quality assurance in our inspection program this year so what we're documenting is an effort to improve what we're seeing in facilities," said Williamson.

Notable reports include restaurants like Geisha in West Chester, which had seven critical violations between March and August this year. Part of the inspection revealed that dishes weren't being washed properly. Since the inspection, the matters have been addressed.

Luigi's Olde World Market on Cincinnati-Columbus Road was told it needed to change where and how its tomato sauce was made. Now the owner, Luigi Berardo, is looking for a co-packer to make the sauce.

"The previous inspections never mentioned some of the things of the last inspection," said Berardo. "OK, they missed it. I have no problem with that. The thing is we've fixed it. We're doing the things that they want us to do."

Williamson says the Health Department's mission is to work with Butler County's restaurants and grocers.

"I would say the food quality in Butler County is very high. For the most part we were very happy about the operators that we worked with. Every inspection that we've done is an effort to improve food safety. It can be misleading if we have a facility on a bad day," said Williamson.

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