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Should Grocery Stores Have to Display Health Inspection Grades?

Data on local supermarket inspections had many people in Smithtown surprised. Should this info be easier to access?

Many residents in the Smithtown area were surprised to learn a few weeks ago that many of the supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores and food marts they shop at aren't exactly the cleanest places in the world.

But should this come as a surprise?

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In New York City, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene famously hangs inspection grades in the windows of restaurants, employing a system much like school grades, where A is the highest and C the lowest they will display.

The Suffolk County health department inspects restaurants in the Smithtown area, but does not post grades on windows.

Grocery stores are inspected by the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets, which also does not post grades in window. Establishments are instead required to hang their results from the most recent inspection in their stores, and they should provide it to customers who ask the see the results. But, again, there is no real visible inspection grade that shoppers can easily see.

So, today we ask, is this something you'd like to see, or would a grade system be unfair to markets given the innocuousness of many of the common violations? Let us know in the comments.

Michael K March 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Yes, It should be posted. The public has the right to know. I have worked as a contractor in many food service establishments and some of them are really disgusting. I would not let my dog eat in some of them. Posting the report grades is the best idea, it sure will clean up these places when they see that no one comes in any more. Get with it Suffolk County and New York State.
Uncle G. March 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM
I'd like to see the Patch stop asking questions of readers to create a story and start reporting stories.
Ralph March 26, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Absolutely! Show off the most recent report.nothing more satisfying then a passing grade.customers would be happy to see store is clean.or show your failing grade and how nasty your supermarket is.lucky for us we live in the USA.
Barry March 26, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Yes we should be able to see what the Inspected stores were fined for !! Also the grade they got for cleanliness all around !!
WOODY11780 March 27, 2013 at 02:24 AM
AGREED !!

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