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Tech Thursday, January 17th 2013 at 10:33 am

I Kinda Don’t Want to Know? Yelp to Provide Health Department Scores for Your Favorite Restaurants

Do you want to know how clean your favorite restaurant is? Honestly, you probably don’t — sometimes you just want to enjoy a good box of Chinese takeout and not think too hard about the process behind your egg foo yung. If you’re one of those folks who absolutely must know, though, there’s good news on the horizon as Yelp is teaming up with local governments to add health inspection details to its restaurant listings. The service rolls out today in San Francisco with New York following suit in a few weeks, but any municipality will soon be able to offer up its health inspection data and keep you abreast of everything that ever happened in the kitchen of your favorite pizza joint, which you will soon never be able to even look at again. Thanks, Yelp.

Yelp’s listings will now be accompanied by the restaurant’s latest health inspection score, represented on a 100 point scale. If you’re a glutton for punishment as well as ravioli, though, you’ll be able to dig even deeper into restaurant histories, taking a look at not only their most recent (see also: only pertinent) inspection grade, but getting the gory details of its inspection history. I’ll say it again, because I don’t think it can be emphasized strongly enough: speaking as someone with no small amount of experience in food service, you really, really don’t want to know. Just enjoy the meal.

You can learn more about the program on Yelp’s blog here.

(via TechCrunch)

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