Remember when we talked about Yelp adding health inspection scores to their restaurant reviews? Well the day has finally come for Angelinos as the review site has begun adding health scores for LA based restaurants.
Visitors to the site will now be able to check out how clean their favorite eatery is along with the ability to add a review thanks to a partnership between Yelp and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health. Aside from simply seeing the letter grade Yelpers can also see a quick rundown of the restaurant's violations.
Jonathan E. Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles county believes the move will better educate consumers on their food and help alleviate the risk of food related illnesses:
“Our research has shown that the posting of restaurant letter grade cards was associated with a reduction in food-borne illness hospitalizations. Publishing inspection scores online in conjunction with consumer-written reviews of restaurants is the logical next step."
Health grades are currently only available for restaurants that were inspected after July 1, 2013 but all information in regards to inspections can always be found on the health department's website.
If for some reason you're wondering why you see a number score and not a letter that means the restaurant scored lower than a "C" grade. This also means you should probably think twice before risking your life for that "authentic" Chinese food.