Anyone who believes a restaurant grading system based on one or two inspections per year is a measure of safety is delusional (“County to Post Grades for Restaurant Cleanliness,” March 4). Far more dangerous are policies based on political expedience and posturing than sound public health practice.
If consumer protection is truly our goal, then might I suggest monthly third-party inspections and laboratory testing to confirm sanitation measures, revoking liquor licenses for noncompliance or heavy fines and immediate closure for those who threaten our health and safety? Three strikes and you’re out ought to clean up the offensive parties.
I ask your readers to consider why the food industry hasn’t put forth these kinds of incentives to really protect public health. Political interference in the delivery of our public health system is exactly the reason our heath care delivery system is in such a mess.
Don’t settle for meaningless measures! Give it a Grade F.
J. DAVID PIPOSZAR
The writer is a retired Allegheny County Health Department environmental health administrator.