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Old 08-24-2018, 06:37 AM
 
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No state (or borough or city) health inspections where I live. Restaurants self-inspect.
Now THAT is terrifying.
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Old 08-24-2018, 07:18 AM
 
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This isn't something that's all that appetizing to talk about, but do you consider health inspection findings when you go out to eat?

I used to pay a lot of attention to this, but lately I haven't given it much thought because it starts bothering me if I think about it too much.

In a lot of states, I know the health department gives a letter grade to restaurants that they have to post (well supposed to anyway). Here in my state, they don't give any score or grade to restaurants. The findings and violation lists are all public record, but it's kind of a pain in the butt to use their online search feature. Supposedly you can ask for their report, but who is going to ask the waitress for an inspection report??

So it seems the general public doesn't have a clue as to how the restaurants did since the information isn't really promoted much. The only places here that have to post the info are those that are inspected by the county such as schools, day cares and hospitals.

I'm not really aware of any restaurants around there that do terribly bad, like in the teens of violations, roaches, etc. But to me when the violation count starts to approach 10 or more, it makes me wary. Of course the severity of the violations is also something to consider. Some aren't really a health concern as much as appearance. I do understand that no one is perfect and there will be things that come up. And I'm sure restaurants that do more in house prep and have bigger menus will obviously tend to get more issues than those that just serve ice cream, for example.

I also am skeptical of restaurants that I look up and see that *EVERY* inspection results in "Warning given - call back required". That shows me that they really don't care about things until they get caught. They're just fixing things that the health department finds and then aren't bothering to implement some kind of training or self inspection. I won't give those places my money, I feel like they deserve to be exposed, ashamed and to clean up their act. They're hiding behind the anonymity of the system.

There are also fines, I know if restaurants have repeat violations or continually refuse to clean up violations. Generally I'm more of a small government person, but this is an area that I think needs better regulation. My state in particular cut funding in this area, which results in fewer inspections and lower fines when there are repeated violations.

There was also a concerning case where a large grocery chain here got cited with failed deli inspections due to temperatures and rodents. After they got exposed on the news, the health inspections got pulled from online. The person in charge of agriculture said something along the lines of a leader in the grocery industry shouldn't get bad press for minor infractions. Well, they weren't minor and they just happened to be a major supporter of his campaign. Of course he denied any relation to it, but it seemed suspicious to me.

Now of course, you can say my house is probably not up to health standards. Well, of course I know that. I don't sanitize my dishes with sanitizer or wear gloves, etc like a restaurant will. I'm cooking for myself. If I'm cooking for others or serving the public as a volunteer I do follow to the best that I know how.
Yes. It's a hobby of mine.
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Old 08-24-2018, 08:11 AM
 
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Chef Daughter keeps me up to date. The local restaurant world is one big dysfunctional family and the gossip runs thick and fast.
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Old 08-24-2018, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Nope. But, then, some of the best food that I've ever eaten has been in dives that anyone who paid attention to health inspection results would likely run away screaming from because they didn't feel "safe". And the only times I've gotten anything like food poisoning has been in places that appeared to be squeaky clean and bland.
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Old 08-24-2018, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I'm not sure if the health department had to get involved or if the owner took action on his own to save his good name but not many months ago a patron used a cell phone to video a rat crawling around in some wall décor at a restaurant that we have eaten at in the past. A few day later it had been gutted and was being restored with a new rat proof interior. The building was old and that is most likely why the rat found a way in. What got the problem fixed was the video was shared on social media.
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Old 08-24-2018, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Yes I do.

I love the practice of requiring restaurants to post their score on their front door. That doesn't happen in my area, but I do read the reports put out by the local agencies. One restaurant that I would go to upon occasion had a series of terrible inspections, and I no longer patronize them.
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Old 08-24-2018, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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In my state, health inspection results are required to be posted inside, in plain view. I always check for them...
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Old 08-24-2018, 02:42 PM
 
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Where we live, you can look up a restaurant or deli on a certain web site, which lists what we have come to call 'mortal and venial sins.'

Mortal sins would be rotting food, employee failure to wash hands, vermin infestations, litigation pending. Those go on our Do Not Call List.

Venial sins: using the wrong size cup to scoop ice. And so on. Amusing to read sometimes, nothing to keep us from going to a place.
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Old 08-24-2018, 02:53 PM
 
Location: equator
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Chef Daughter keeps me up to date. The local restaurant world is one big dysfunctional family and the gossip runs thick and fast.
Man, ain't that the truth. For many months in my former town, a Quesadilla food truck was #1 on Trip Advisor, LOL. With many upscale restaurants around. The lovely resort near us had problems with flies since there was livestock nearby. Nothing so gross as several flies circling/hovering over your food! Leaving doors to the deck open, etc. But these places are forewarned the inspector is coming....
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Old 08-24-2018, 03:16 PM
 
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Nope. But, then, some of the best food that I've ever eaten has been in dives that anyone who paid attention to health inspection results would likely run away screaming from because they didn't feel "safe". And the only times I've gotten anything like food poisoning has been in places that appeared to be squeaky clean and bland.
I agree!!
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