COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – A new statewide restaurant certification program launches on Wednesday.
Palmetto Priority provides certification decals for restaurants once they complete a list of procedures, free online education, and a DHEC food safety inspection.
Governor Henry McMaster said the decal is given to restaurateurs, at no cost, who provide a clean and safe environment for their staff and customers.
The public is asked to report violation of any protocols. There will be a “three strikes” rule for violators. On the fourth violation, membership in the program will be revoked.
If a restaurant loses its seal, they can correct the issue and reapply.
“If you visit a restaurant that doesn’t have the new ‘Palmetto Priority’ seal, go somewhere else,” said Gov. McMaster during a press conference last week.
Leaders say the program is optional.