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LA County health officials want to make restaurant grading system tougher




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LA County health officials want to overhaul the restaurant health grading system, reports the Pasadena Star-News. The new system, if put into place, would make it harder for restaurants with prior health writeups to get an A rating.

The recommendation is part of a report health officials sent to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The report came in the wake of a review of close to two years of restaurant inspection data conducted by the Los Angeles News Group -- which the Pasadena Star News is part of -- that found that many restaurants were given high grades despite having incurring major health violations.

County of Los Angeles Department Of Public Health - REFERENCE GUIDE FOR THE FOOD OFFICIAL INSPECTION REPORT

Guest:

Stephanie K. Baer, reporter for the Los Angeles News Group. She and reporter Daniel Tedford conducted the review on county restaurant inspection data that led to the potential overhaul of the restaurant health grading system

Bill Chait, restaurateur in Los Angeles and co-owner of the restaurants Republique and Bestia

Jeff Nelken, food safety expert, consultant, and food safety auditor in Los Angeles.

Angelo Bellomo, Director of Environmental Health for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health.