Honolulu_406x250The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Sanitation Branch has issued a red “closed” placard to Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood Market located at the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu. Numerous health inspections revealed chronic temperature violations. The department has issued a penalty fee of $9,000 for the violations that led to the posting…

Open government consultant and food safety advocate Sarah Schacht sat down with Food Safety News at the 2015 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD, last month to talk about how data from restaurant inspections can help improve public health. Schacht is a two-time E. coli survivor who has been spearheading efforts in Seattle’s King County…

Health officials in Orange County, CA, are reportedly getting ready to again propose rating restaurants with letter grades based on their latest inspection results. There have been two previous attempts to convince the county’s board of supervisors to adopt the system using A, B and C letter grades. This time, however, the proposal was requested…

In recent years, numerous cities around the world have adopted systems that require restaurant health inspection scores to be communicated clearly at the restaurant. In New York City, prospective diners see an A, B, or C grade in the restaurant’s front window. Elsewhere, customers see a percentage score out of 100. Communicating a satisfactory amount…

As a trained chef, Matthew Eierman doesn’t have a lot of forgiveness for health inspection violations at restaurants. As a diner, he’d prefer to avoid establishments with poor health records. “When I go to a restaurant, I’m worried about problems that cause illness,” Eierman said. “Cross-contamination, proper holding temperatures — things like that.” But for…

Eateries in Hawaii may soon begin displaying their recent restaurant inspection grades, thanks to an initiative by the state’s health department, local news outlet Hawaii News Now reports. Assuming that the plan receives approval from the governor following a public comment period in December, the new system would go into effect around March of next…