On a recent motorcycle trip to North Carolina I discovered a unique, workable, meaningful system for rating the cleanliness of eating establishments. Throughout North Carolina, restaurants are rated by sanitary standards and their rating is posted at the cashier section of the restaurant. The rating poster is 8 inches by 11 inches and clearly marks the score of the restaurant. It lists the date the inspection occurred, and the score rated from 0 to 100, with the same grading we are accustomed to, 90 to 100 being an A, etc.
One establishment of a well-known hotel chain was rated 91 in sanitation, another was 96. One place I went was rated 78, and I did not eat there. Participation in the system is required.
This system would encourage all providers to “clean up their acts.” I would encourage our administrators to explore this program for the benefit of all.