Public Health—Seattle and King County (PH-SKC) has released a new online tool that helps consumers understand the food safety practices of local restaurants–before even stepping foot in them. The online database builds upon a recent county-wide initiative to educate the public on food safety practices through an easy-to-understand food safety rating system.
All restaurants in King County should have food safety rating placards placed near their main entrances by the end of the year. Most areas of Seattle already have been inspected by PH-SKC this year and received their placards. Using emojis, the system ranks restaurants as “Excellent,” “Good,” “Okay,” or “Needs to Improve.” Except for the latter ranking, the others are based upon a curve in relation to the quality of other restaurants in a given area and the overall food safety practices of the business.
To get a better understanding of food safety practices of a particular restaurant, consumers can search PH-SKC’s new online database for a specific restaurant. A full or partial name will populate a list of restaurants that match the query. The online tool will also generate a map showing the location of possible restaurant matches, which can help whittle down the list to a specific restaurant when more than one location matches the search.