NYC considers cleanliness grades for eateries

AP News
Posted: Dec 17, 2009 3:00 PM

The New York City Board of Health wants public comment on its proposal to give cleanliness grades to restaurants that would have to be posted for all to see.

The board voted Thursday to solicit comment at a public hearing in February. The board plans to vote in March.

Under the system announced earlier this year, the city's thousands of restaurants would receive a grade of "A," "B" or "C." The grades would be based on sanitary conditions observed during inspections.

The city says if it gave grades now, about 30 percent would qualify for an "A," 40 percent would get a "B" and 26 percent would get a "C."

The restaurant industry says the system could unfairly hurt an eatery for having one bad day.