Monday, February 28, 2011

A More Nuanced System For Restaurant Inspections

An article in the Herald-Sun on Sunday about a restaurant in Cary, North Carolina receiving an “A” inspection rating despite several serious violations including roaches reminded me of an excellent blog I read back in January.

FiveThirtyEight blogger Brian J. McCabe noted that the new rating system in New York City is still “too coarse because it masks wide variations in the quality of restaurants receiving the same grade.”moulded-letter-a-orange

His analysis of inspection data during the first five months of implementation during which time half of NYC’s 24,000 restaurants were inspected, concluded that “when you visit an A-rated restaurant, the odds are that it barely made the grade.”

To address the fact that not all A ratings are equal, McCabe suggests that communities shift from a three-grade system to a more familiar academic scale with A+, A, A- and similarly for B and C.

He notes that the more “nuanced grade system for restaurant inspections would provide far more precise information for consumers.”

For any government-hater who wonders why this matters, the Department of Health in NYC estimates that tainted restaurant food accounts for more than 10,000 visits to the emergency room and 5,000 hospitalizations a year.

Oh but I forget, a government-hater would blame the inspector or question the need for inspections all together.

McCabe’s full post is well worth a read and should be circulating through health departments and the NC General Assembly.

Click here for Durham restaurant ratings or change the county to bring up health inspection information on any restaurant in North Carolina.  Click here for a complete list of Durham restaurants by district.

15 comments:

caterer ny said...

These ratings don't necessarily affect the customer's choice when it comes to foods.

Chris said...

Personally, I do not trust these ratings much. What I consider is how my customers loved the food that we serve in our restaurant.

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Catering New York said...

Yes, just ignore these ratings and do your best to satisfy or even amaze your clients.

catering consultancy said...

If they're a minority, that measly percentage shouldn't matter, but if a lot of people are seeing the same mistakes, then you should probably reassess your business' operations.

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Thank you very much for sharing this information, now I know the grading system.

wine australia said...

People rarely check for the restaurant rating anyways so it doesn't matter if the grade was a +A or a A-.

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Efforts should be done as well for a food or restaurant inspection procedure at tourism facilities to use hygienic procedures. This will keep tourists from getting sick.

beef jerky said...

The Health Department conducts unannounced inspections of restaurants at least once a year. Inspectors check for compliance in food handling, food temperature, personal hygiene and vermin control. Each violation of a regulation earns a certain number of points. At the end of the inspection, the inspector totals the points, and this number is the restaurant's inspection score.

spynetwork21 said...

New York City is requiring restaurants to post letter grades that correspond to scores that it receives from its sanitary inspection. An inspection score of 0-13 is an A, 14-27 points is a B, and 28 or more points is a C. Grade cards must be posted where they can easily be seen by people passing by.
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MisYahd said...

The best thing about Restaurant Grades is that they choose the finest and best restaurants in NY, but the down side of this is that the restaurants that have Grade A has very expensive menu.
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Ajlounyinjurylaw said...

Ultimately, it's the customer that makes the choice on what they like and what they concider an A rating.

Maia Dobson said...

Sometimes ratings and surveys are not reliable at all. Nevertheless, I'm still loyal to nyc catering when it comes to food preference.

Ryan Phelps said...

That is very unfair. They need to be strict in the policies and guidelines for restaurant inspections.

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