Wednesday , March 15, 2017 - 5:00 AM
March 12-18 is Sunshine Week, recognized by journalists and nonprofits as a time to focus on and highlight the importance of government transparency. This year, we’re providing how-to guides to explain which records Utahns ought to have access to, according to state laws. These records have a number of critical public-facing purposes, including protecting consumers and preserving civil liberties. Have questions or want us to investigate a government transparency issue? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your proposal and supporting documents to 332 Standard Way, Ogden, UT 84044.
What is the record?
Restaurant health inspection reports
What are some ways it’s useful?
Just as some use Yelp, TripAdvisor or other review websites to find out if a restaurant is good, health inspections can help determine if it’s safe to eat there.
Some code violations are minor and might not influence your decision as much. But if a restaurant’s kitchen had a mice infestation, you might want to know that before you eat there.
Where can you get it?
Inspection reports are available for the public to inspect — usually online. Depending on which county a restaurant is located, here’s where to find that information:
In Davis County — Visit the Davis County Health Department’s restaurant inspections page.
In Weber and Morgan counties — Visit the Weber-Morgan Health Department’s Food Establishment Enforcement page.
In Box Elder and Cache counties — Visit the Bear River Health Department’s Restaurant Inspections Online page.
What information is in the report?
The Davis County and Bear River health departments both offer searchable databases that include the most recent and previous restaurant inspections with specific information on a restaurant’s health code violations.
The Weber-Morgan Health Department’s site lists restaurants that are currently under enforcement action by the county health department with a list of violations.
What information is not in the report?
Inspections only reflect a “snapshot” of the operation at the health department’s time of observation, so reports might not reflect the restaurant’s typical practices.
Weber-Morgan’s site shows only restaurants that are currently under enforcement action. Once a restaurant has corrected the code violation and it’s been verified by the department, the post is taken down.
Additionally, Weber-Morgan doesn’t offer restaurant inspections online. If you want to see a report, you have to request it from the department.
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