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Yelp Adds Health Inspection Data for Restaurants

Dave Parrack 26-07-2018

Cities around the United States regularly check the hygiene standards in restaurants. This information is either then buried away on obscure government websites or displayed out of site in the restaurant itself. Especially if the results aren’t good.


Yelp is trying to change this by prominently displaying the health inspection data on business listings. Thus, potential diners The 10 Best Food Documentaries to Watch on Netflix Here are the best food documentaries on Netflix that'll help you appreciate the story behind the world's best chefs and dishes. Read More will be able to see, at a glance, the cleanliness and hygiene levels of the restaurant they’re considering visiting.

Yelp Now Displays Hygiene Levels

Yelp has already added health inspection data to “more than 200,000 business pages”. Some of this information was provided by local governments, with the rest supplied by HDScores, which “maintains a nationwide database of health inspection reports.”

Now, Yelp is incorporating more of the HDScores database into its listings. This means the number of business pages displaying health inspection reports will more than triple. Which makes it even more important for restaurants to maintain cleanliness levels.

Yelp is rolling this out state-by-state over the next few months, starting with restaurants in New York, California, Texas, Illinois, and Washington DC. Eventually, its LIVES (Local Inspector Value-entry Specification) program will be nationwide.


Yelp’s hope is two-fold. By giving diners better access to health inspection data it’s hoped they’ll make more informed choices, thereby lowering the instances of food poisoning. It should also improve standards across the board, as restaurants up their game.

Hitting Unhygienic Restaurants Hard

Not everyone is going to welcome this change. Restaurants who have previously received poor grades for hygiene are likely to suffer until their listings are updated. And it only takes a few quiet months for most restaurants to go out of business.

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  1. Vaibhav kulkarni
    July 26, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Nice, Article