After obtaining several million health department inspections, reviewing tens of thousands of health department reports, sifting through hundreds of health department websites and analyzing dozens of scoring schema I offer some conclusions.
We need consistency in restaurant grading.
Consistency in restaurant grading score card
The FDA has developed, over decades, a simple inspection report card. Using this standardized report card is the first key to consistency. In my blog titled “Problems With Restaurant Food Safety Grading”, I review variances in food safety definitions.
There can be very few reasons not to use a universal score card and none of them hold any merit in the goal of improving the public health.
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My wife and I returned from a trip to Baltic region of northern Europe. I didn’t want anything to steal from the precious moments so, amongst other things, while there, I was constantly cognizant of food safety.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a universal food safety grade you could reference when traveling internationally? Now you do in the USA, Canada and the U.K.
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If your traveling by automobile with a family, it is tempting to pack a cooler with foods. With three kids, now adults, we always did.
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It’s a lot of fun to walk the streets of larger cities, look at the menu, the prices and the atmosphere from the outside. Perhaps, like me, you look for stickers on the windows from notable travel sites. All of this goes into your decision making to enter and enjoy the evening dining out.
Fortunately, now you can add excellence in food safety and “Dine Out with Confidence” by looking for the DiningGrades.com A+ Window Decal.
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What does it mean to have a Food Safety C grade?
In school, a C grade means average. A normal distribution curve has 68% of all grades as a C.
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Food Code definitions become the first problem to address in universality.
In the 1990s the FDA created a Food Code.
“The Food Code consists of model requirements for safeguarding public health and ensuring food is unadulterated and honestly presented when offered to the consumer. This model is offered for adoption by local, state, and federal governmental jurisdictions…”
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A Revolutionary Idea to Post Health Department Inspection Scores
In 1998, Los Angeles County decided to require restauranteurs to post their food safety scores, converted to grades, where the public could easily see the results. There was confusion. There was anger. There was bewilderment. But after nearly twenty years, the effort has shown the public embracing the idea and restauranteurs are increasingly focused on food safety. In the past several years, the public has seen this idea spread to other municipalities. California municipalities, large municipalities like NYC, Boston, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Toronto have embraced the idea of posting grades at the restaurant. Additionally, many entire states like Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana have embraced the idea of openly sharing data and now offer website access to the public, listing scores. Unfortunately, some municipalities and states refuse to share any data.
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