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Cumberland County Department of Public Health’s Restaurant Inspection Scores are now on Yelp

Friday, June 9, 2017  
Posted by: Jamie Michael
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Cumberland County Department of Public Health’s Restaurant Inspection Scores are now on Yelp

The Environmental Health division of the Cumberland County Department of Public Health has partnered with Yelp in order to allow restaurant inspection scores to be available online on Yelp, a website already used by residents and visitors looking for dining information. This is part of Yelp’s LIVES open data program, which stands for Local Inspector Value Entry Specification. It allows consumers to see inspection data before eating at a restaurant. By clicking on a restaurant listing, the results of the restaurant’s latest health safety inspection will be available, along with customer reviews, price range and restaurant information. “Environmental Health is very excited to post our inspection grades on Yelp,” Environmental Health Director Daniel Ortiz said. “We want to ensure the public is able to review our inspection results with ease and Environmental Health believes this availability will raise public awareness of food safety.” This change is innovative and beneficial to the public because previously, the scores were only available posted on the wall of the establishment, filed at the Health Department, or made available on the county website. This increase of access to inspection scores on Yelp provides a valuable resource to the community.