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Orange County launches restaurant inspection app

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When you’re looking for a place to get a bite to eat, you might pull out your phone and look up reviews on Yelp. Now, a new app also lets you look up the inspection results of Orange County restaurants and markets.

The county's Environmental Health Food Safety program developed and recently launched the free app, called OC Food Inspections. The county's food inspection reports are already available online, but the app aims to put information about cleanliness and food safety in people's hands.

The app works like this: Say you walk up to a hole-in-the-wall restaurant you've heard great things about. Before you go inside, you check its latest inspection report on your phone.

Maybe you learn that while the restaurant is open, its dishwasher was broken during the last check-up, and kitchen staff are cleaning dishes in the sink until the repaired dishwasher can be reevaluated. If that makes your stomach turn, you can search for other restaurants nearby and see their reports, too.

Diners in Los Angeles County have a similar option: The county's restaurant inspection scores have been available on Yelp since 2013.