Health Department Extends Popular “A” Restaurant Grade To Homeowners
Building on the popularity of its ABC restaurant grading system, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) invites County residents to display the coveted "A" placard in their home kitchens following completion of an online inspection.
A score of 90% or higher is required to receive the placard. The "A" rating signifies that a restaurant or food market is performing at a high level with regard to food safety and sanitation standards established by state and local agencies. A recent study suggests that the grading system, administered by the Office of Environmental Health and introduced in LA County in 1998, has contributed to a decrease in the number of reported food-borne illnesses and become a model for other jurisdictions nationwide.
"Residents now have an easy way to inspect the cleanliness of their kitchens and apply the same standards as a health inspector," says Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. "The "A" rating has become part of our local culture and its also a unique and fun incentive to make food safety a priority at home."
To receive a placard, residents must complete an online kitchen self-inspection questionnaire available at http://lapublichealth.org/eh. Questions cover topics including food temperatures, food handling and hand washing. A score a 90% or higher is required to qualify for the "A" placard and only "A" rated placards are available.
Qualifying individuals who wish to receive an "A" placard can provide their name and address directly online, print the self-inspection results page and send it to: Environmental Health (attention Consultation & Technical Services), 5050 Commerce Drive, Baldwin Park, CA 91706. The placards are free of charge and delivery may take up to 6 weeks