Friday, December 13, 2013
By Leslie Bridgers firstname.lastname@example.org
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REGIONAL INSPECTION PRACTICES
Who inspects: State and five municipalities
How often: Every two years
Where are results: Only available by request
Who inspects: State and 16 municipalities
How often: No statewide policy, but try for every two years; local guidelines vary
Where are results: Statewide online database isn’t working; Manchester posts online
Who inspects: Municipal health officials
How often: Twice per year
Where are results: Some towns, e.g., Brookline, post scores in restaurants; Boston posts online
Who inspects: State
How often: No state policy, try for once per year
Where are results: Statewide online database
Hawaii, however, recently adopted a Web-based inspection system and will open it to the public when more data have been entered, said Peter Oshiro, director of the sanitation branch in the state's Department of Health.
The department is also moving toward inspecting restaurants three times a year instead of every two years or less, which Oshiro called "totally unacceptable." In addition, it has proposed requiring restaurants to post green, yellow or red placards with inspection results for customers to see.
Cities or counties in at least a dozen states, not including Maine, require inspection results or cleanliness letter grades to hang in a conspicuous place inside restaurants.
In Georgia, the most recent inspection report must be "prominently displayed" within 15 feet of the main entrance and between 5 and 7 feet from the ground, according to the state's food service rules.
A city ordinance in St. Louis requires each restaurant to post a decal with a letter grade from its inspection. Establishments face a $500 fine and downgrading if the decal is defaced, hidden or removed.
In Maine, the rules require only that restaurants provide their latest inspection reports to customers who ask to see them. Reports also can be requested from the state.
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