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San Diego County Lists Health Inspection Grades

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If you ever wanted to know the results of the health inspection grades of your favorite San Diego restaurant, now you can.

The San Diego County Department of Health unveiled a new web site last week that will allow the public to view the health inspection grades of about 12,000 restaurants. The site also allows people to ask for complete inspection reports, and instructs people how to file a formal complaint.

So far the site has been a hit – thousands of them.

Liz Pozzebon, chief of the county’s food and housing division, said more than 1,600 people had visited the site by Thursday afternoon, and that several people had already filled out “feedback” surveys.

“The general nature of their comments were, ‘Great,’ and ‘I can view this from my Blackberry,’ ” she said. “So they seem to like it.”

Under San Diego County standards, all restaurants are graded on a 100-point system under criteria including, but not limited to, cleanliness, contamination, food from unsafe sources, temperatures food is kept. The objective is to determine the potential for food bourn illness.

An “A” grade means that the restaurant has scored between 90 and 100 points. A “B” grade indicates a score between 80 and 89 points and that the restaurant needs significant improvement. A “C” grade means the eatery got a failing score between 70 and 79 points. “B” and “C” grades do not necessarily close down the facility.

Visit www.sdcounty.ca.gov/deh for more information.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Defective and Dangerous Products.