Yelp Adds Scoring System for Restaurant Hygiene


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Many restaurant-goers these days enlist the help of technology to make their decisions when it comes to where to eat. Yelp is a crowd-sourced review forum full of reviews on local businesses including restaurants. Starting today, the review system will also include health inspection scores on restaurants.

Hygiene scores posted on began in 2013 but was limited to restaurants located in San Francisco. Now, these scores will be available for restaurants located in New York, California, Texas, Illinois, and Washington, DC. Eventually, Yelp plans to cover over 750,000 restaurants throughout the country focusing on metropolitan areas.

Yelp’s senior VP of public policy, Luther Lowe, spoke to CNNMoney about the reason behind the addition stating, “The idea here is to take this information living on clunky dot-gov websites and put it inside Yelp where you’re probably already trying figure out where to go eat, and see it in the context of that decision.”