County passes new food-safety law

Restaurants will be required to post full health inspection results on site and online

Restaurants in Santa Clara County will be required to post a food-safety grading placard in their windows starting this fall, per a proposal the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Tuesday, April 29.

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Posted by Puzzled
a resident of another community
on Apr 29, 2014 at 11:44 am

Why can we not have the simple "A - B - C" cards that all restaurants in Los Angeles County must display? Why isn't this a statewide system?

For those who have never visited LA County, every restaurant must display a card at the entrance with their "grade" (A, B, or C) from the most recent inspection. I think a consistent, statewide system of notifying consumers about restaurant food safety makes more sense than a patchwork of local variations.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Typical Joe Simitian uselessness. The need for this sort of being in the front window is not going to create safer restarants than we have now. The number of restaurants that are closed is generally quite small, and the violations are not generally all that bad--since the number of people who can trace any kind of food-borne illness to local restaurants is not high, if one were to look for these events in the local papers.

Simitian has managed to get his name in the paper once again--but has not done anything to actually increase the sanitation of all of the restaurants in Santa Clara County.

It's way past time for this man to retire--and let people with a real sense of purpose have a chance to make the decisions needed to make manage government's affairs.

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Posted by senor blogger
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Way to Go Mr. Simitian.

Obviously The "Joe" posting above has never had food poisoning.

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of another community
on Apr 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

GREAT news!

The restaurant signs are long overdue. There are some pretty dodgy restaurants in town that will now have to clean up their act.

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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 29, 2014 at 6:45 pm

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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 29, 2014 at 7:07 pm

ChrisC is a registered user.

Arizona also has the A, B, C variety. At the same time ... the new law where chefs, bartenders, etc. have to wear gloves is the stupidest thing and makes our food less safe. So, before, hopefully, chefs washed their hands in between tasks for food safety. Now what are they going to do? change gloves? wash the glove? it is more difficult to get bacteria off the glove than off the skin. And, busy chefs might not do either now. But, hey, let's institute a rating system.

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Posted by Support Clean Restaurants
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 29, 2014 at 7:40 pm

@Joe - It really does improve food safety. It isn't a surprise that when restaurants are held accountable for their health rating, they work harder to improve it.

In Los Angeles, before they required the inspection scores to be posted, only 58% of restaurants received an A grade. Just 5 years after the program began, 83% received an A grade.

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Posted by Roger
a resident of Evergreen Park
on May 1, 2014 at 9:44 am

Why a placard?
Use the British system.
One major health violation and the place gets closed till it passes.

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