Grading system proposed for Hawaii eateries

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:01:36 AM HST   Updated On: Oct 18 2013 10:03:14 PM HST

The state Department of Health wants Hawaii consumers to be able to see how a food establishment fared in safety inspections.

The department proposes posting placards in restaurants and other food establishments.

West Hawaii Today reports green placards mean "pass," yellow ones "conditional pass," while red cards signify "closed." A green card will go to facilities that have one major violation or less that's corrected before the inspection is completed. Yellow is for two or more violations during an inspection, regardless of when violations are corrected.

A red card means there are health hazards requiring immediate closure.  Public hearings will be held in December.

Health officials plan to hire 13 inspectors. Sanitation Branch Chief Peter Oshiro says an inspector shortage two years ago meant some restaurants were inspected infrequently.

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