Originally Posted by lonestar
Most sanitary rules laws are of a local nature enforced by local inspectors mostly union in larger cities so unlikely they will be passť unless there is a consideration made.
Most restaurants that have been in business for awhile KNOW that it is a sound business practice to run a clean shop. It usually means you are not killing your customers.
But I suspect that just escapes the liberal mind.
I've been in food service for just about forever, and the only thing you're correct about here is that most health departments are run at the county level.
However, the assumption that "most restaurants" know it's a sound business to keep clean is just plain wrong on many levels. It is cost prohibitive to follow all of the regulations put on the industry, so "most restaurants" actually do the absolute minimum to stay open. Many develop relationships with their individual inspectors so that they can skate by on certain things, and find workarounds for existing issues, rather than actually fixing them.
The industry is rife with corruption, as well. In Cincinnati, I worked at a stadium that was infested with rats, and knew we would not pass inspection, despite my best efforts...the health inspector came in, spent an hour in the GM's office, and left. I never saw him, just that he drove away in a Jaguar. That was a big part of the reason I left that job.
In the south, people claim all the time that their restaurants are cleaner because they are legally required to post their health inspection results at the front door and drive-thrus. I don't know about the rest of the south, but I know for a fact that in Cobb County, GA, Jefferson County, AL, and East Baton Rouge Parish, LA this isn't the case.
In each of those counties, the BOH has developed a "minimum score" you can still receive and remain open. It is 88 out of 100. What they've done then is instruct the health inspectors that unless you see something completely outrageous, give them at least an 88 so they can stay open, because the county loses tax income if they shut down restaurants. Additionally, it needs to be 88, because they conducted a study that determined 88 is the lowest score they can have without the public losing faith in the system. In two of those counties, I had the BOH representative tell me that, because we were a movie theater and only selling popcorn, the worst we could get was a 96, so "there was no need to worry" about him coming in there...regardless of the fact that we sold hot dogs, chicken tenders, pizza, etc.
So no, your assumptions that "most restaurants" attempt to keep their buildings clean because it's just good for business is completely false.
So now you can start in with the "SEE? THERE'S TOO MUCH REGULATION ON BUSINESS!!" talk.