Restaurant health-inspection grades will soon be available on everyone’s favorite where-to-eat website, Yelp. San Francisco will be the first to get the new feature, followed by New York City and Philadelphia in the coming weeks.
In a statement, Yelp announcedÂ the new system, which Â lets cities upload health inspection data or health grades for local restaurants. It cited a 2005 study in the Journal of Environmental Health that found Los Angeles County’s requirement that restaurants display hygiene grade cards on entrances led to a 13% reduction in food sickness hospitalizations as well “improved the overall average score of restaurants in Los Angeles by incentivizing improved best practices.”
â€śBy making often hard-to-find government information more widely available to innovative companies like Yelp, we can make government more transparent and improve public-health outcomes for our residents through the power of technology,â€ť said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. He’s pushing other cities to make their restaurant health inspection data available on Yelp, as well.
In San Francisco, restaurants are given a numerical health score of up to 100. In NYC, restaurants are given A, B or C letter grades by health inspectors.