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Update grading of restaurants


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 15, 2013

~~<p>The state Department of Health's plan to establish a highly visible grading system for all 10,000 restaurants and food establishments in the state is laudable, but the customer-friendly food-safety regulations will succeed only if the department has enough inspectors on the job and efficiently manages a permitting program that carries high stakes for the restaurants, bars, school cafeterias and other eateries being inspected.</p>
<p>In the first major update of the regulations in 17 years, the health department proposes to implement a new color-coded grading system -- green, yellow or red -- that will be quickly and easily understood by paying customers. All retail food establishments, from fine-dining restaurants to food trucks, school cafeterias and coffeehouses, would be issued a placard to post in the front window after inspection.</p>
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The state Department of Health's plan to establish a highly visible grading system for all 10,000 restaurants and food establishments in the state is laudable, but the customer-friendly food-safety regulations will succeed only if the department has enough inspectors on the job and efficiently manages a permitting program that carries high stakes for the restaurants, bars, school cafeterias and other eateries being inspected.

In the first major update of the regulations in 17 years, the health department proposes to implement a new color-coded grading system -- green, yellow or red -- that will be quickly and easily understood by paying customers. All retail food establishments, from fine-dining restaurants to food trucks, school cafeterias and coffeehouses, would be issued a placard to post in the front window after inspection. Login for more...



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