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Letter: More up-to-date reports on restaurants beneficial

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Dr. Dick Huber


To the editor:

Thanks for reporting the food inspection results (March 26). These reports give us some confidence about the food establishments that we visit. I’m assuming this information from the health department is also available to the general public. But it is so much more convenient for the Daily Journal to compile and report this information than for many individuals having to go to the health department to review the inspection results.

But the delay in reporting is somewhat troubling. One inspection on Aug. 19 resulted in 10 critical violations. It was also reported “Critical violations may expose customers to illnesses and typically must be corrected immediately or within days.”

So I read in March that an establishment had 10 critical violations more than seven months ago. Do I assume that those violations were corrected immediately or within days? Is it safe to go now or should I wait for several more months until another inspection is reported?

My concern: Is such reporting really beneficial to me or the restaurant? Should not an establishment with 10 critical violations be reported immediately, especially if the violations were not corrected and you want to keep your readers safe and healthy? Is it fair to a restaurant that had 10 violations seven months ago to be reported in print now if those violations were corrected immediately?

I look forward to continue reading the food inspections but hopefully more current and pertinent information will be coming from the media or the health department.

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