Doc’s Din­ing Grades web­site scores restau­rants on food safety

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Is your fa­vorite eatery mak­ing the grade when it comes to food safety? Af­ter work­ing in medicine for 40 years and see­ing far too many pa­tients with food-borne ill­ness, Dr. Harlan Stueven wor­ried that many restau­rants were not. So he de­vel­oped a sys­tem to track in­spec­tion scores for restau­rants.

Din­ing Grades con­verts pub­lic data from health in­spec­tion records into a let­ter grade sys­tem that users can find on a search­able map. Din­ers can also rate a restaurant or re­port it for sus­pected food ill­ness. Those claims will be for­warded to the rel­e­vant health depart­ment and to the restaurant if they choose to be a mem­ber of the web­site for a $99 an­nual fee.

Stueven, an emer­gency physi­cian and tox­i­col­o­gist, saw a need for a con­sis­tent rat­ing sys­tem us­ing un­bi­ased data since laws can dif­fer from state to state. “We all pre­sume that we’re go­ing to a place where we’re go­ing to eat safe food and we know that’s not the case,” Stueven told news web­site DNAinfo.

The web­site was fea­tured at the Na­tional Restaurant As­so­ci­a­tion show held in Chicago re­cently. The site in­cludes restau­rants from across the U.S. and parts of Canada, and will soon also be avail­able in the U.K. Din­ing Grades hopes to of­fer restau­rants de­cals for their front win­dows if they achieve an A rat­ing for three years in a row.

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