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The big debate: Grading restaurants’ cleanliness


The story: The method Pima County employs to inspect restaurants is debated. Some restaurateurs say the county should adopt Los Angeles’ requirement that restaurants prominently display their inspection grades.

Your take: If you can’t take the heat. . . . The Citizen’s online community strongly feels that restaurants owe it to their patrons to post the results of their inspections. As Charlie M., who made the comment atop this column, says, “Restaurants become hugely motivated to better themselves” if the world knows what’s going on beyond closed kitchen doors.

“Who’s going to decry the expansion of the Nanny State in this case?” asks F.B., who’s all for the prominent posting of the ratings. “This is a public safety issue,” Bob F. adds.

But one reader, Steve H., isn’t biting. He claims to eat only at state and county fairs, “the one place I can eat stuff-on-a-stick without having to worry about ingesting a label that reads . . . ‘Warning! Everything in the state of California is known to cause cancer!’ ”




For Monday, Aug. 18

1 Force eateries to post inspection grades?

2 Man killed in front of sons; another arrested.

3 Teenager killed outside Southwest Side mart.


Question: If Pima County adopted the A, B, C health inspection rating system, would you eat at a restaurant with a C grade?

Yes. 1%

No. 66%

It depends. 33%

Total votes: 297. Poll results are not scientific.

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