A in L.A. County sign at Craig's Hot Dog on a
Stick says: This restaurant received scores of
90 to 100 at time of inspection. The most recent
food inspection report is available here for
review upon request.”
Although all California restaurants adhere to state laws about food service, counties vary in their inspection reporting and posting of information for the public to access and see at diners, cafes, fine eateries and even food trucks. In Santa Clara County, for instance, an NBC Bay Area investigative report in 2013 learned there was no grading system, 9 out of 10 restaurants contacted didn't know they were required to provide consumers inspection reports when asked, and the reports were nearly impossible to decipher.
Even the State of California falls short in helping consumers–there are links to less than half of the California's 58 counties for restaurant inspections and closures (several links are broken or outdated as of this posting.) For millions of Californians who come down with potentially fatal food-born illnesses from restaurants annually (24 million diners nationwide according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,) a comprehensive, state-wide grading system would be beneficial. Here's why: