Surveys are built-in news generators but can often mean little.
Of course people want more information, want more food labels, and always wash their hands properly when they go #2.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports the public wants to know more about the conditions in Los Angeles County restaurants.
Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 3, 419 people responded to the five-question survey asking whether more information should be provided on health grade placards posted in restaurant and market windows, according to a Dec. 23 report submitted to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The survey, which was made available online and in-person at district office, is part of an effort to improve the county’s restaurant grading system.
Among the survey findings:
- More than 85 percent of respondents consider restaurant grades (A, B, C) before eating out
- 93 percent said they look for the current letter grade when they arrive at a restaurant, 34 percent look at Yelp reviews and approximately 14 percent look at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website
- More than 70 percent of respondents said it would be helpful for the inspection score (ie. 92, 85, 78) to be posted along with the A, B or C grade, as well as the health code violations observed during the latest inspection
- Roughly 75 percent said they would like to see the date of the inspection
- Around half of respondents said they would access information about restaurant inspection reports with their smartphones if a QR code was made available on the grade card.
The results of the survey were included in the fourth monthly progress report on a series of recommendations proposed by the health department in August.
Prompted by a Los Angeles News Group review of almost two years of inspection data, the recommendations outline a series of current problems and potential fixes to the 17-year-old grading system, which allows many restaurants and markets to operate with major health threats and gives those facilities high health grades, according to the data.