Food safety rating on a curve: How it’s done and why it matters

We recently launched our first-of-its kind food safety rating system, and we look forward to rolling it out over the course of the next year. One unique component of our approach to providing residents with easy-to-use signage is our adoption of a rating “curve,” or adjustment of ratings by zip code. This new system has raised questions among some […]

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Drum roll! And the winner is… Option C!

Look for new food safety ratings in restaurant windows! Starting today, January 17th, restaurants will begin receiving their new food safety rating and window sign as they are routinely inspected. You may not see window signs in your neighborhood restaurant right away since restaurants will be rolled into the new system in four phases throughout […]

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Two heads are better than one: One step closer to restaurant grading

Three health inspectors walk into a bar. You might expect that they order three different drinks and hilarious antics ensue, but what really happens is that three slightly different inspection reports are filed. It’s no joke – in fields that rely on decentralized decisions and discretionary authority, consistency from one professional to another is a […]

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Eagerly awaiting restaurant placarding? Here are the next best things.

A little over a year ago we wrote about the challenges of developing a fair and reliable placarding system for restaurants (read it now!). You see, not all placarding systems work the same way. We did some research to find out what other jurisdictions do, and we identified some areas for improvement as we develop […]

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Food inspection grades: A – B – C, easy as 1 – 2 – 3 … or is it?

New York City has them, so does L.A. Even Toronto has them. So why aren’t there food safety inspection grades posted outside of restaurants in King County? The answer? Food safety performance placarding is coming, and when it does, it will give patrons and establishments alike information that is meaningful, clear, and motivating. Diners need […]

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