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Grand Prairie restaurant health inspection scores now online

Grand Prairie, Texas, has finally caught up with other major cities.  The city is now publishing health inspection scores for restaurants online.  So, from this point forward, whenever appropriate, the Grand Prairie Restaurants Examiner will mention the scores in articles found here.

If you would like to view scores right now, for any restaurant in the city, you may click the link to the left, under "Related Articles".  Citizens may search scores:  Alphabetically, by name, by Zip Code, or by cuisine.  To find out exactly what is graded, you can view the PDF inspection form here.

The City of Grand Prairie conducts restaurant inspections twice per year.  All inspections are conducted without notice.

What is considered failing, and at what point will a restaurant be closed?  According to the Grand Prairie Health Department's website,

A food establishment fails if it receives more than 31 demerits. At that time, the Environmental Quality Division will close down the establishment. To re-open, a follow up inspection is required to ensure compliance with minimum food safety standards, and the establishment will be allowed to continue doing business only after all deficiencies have been corrected. However, a food establishment's original score will remain on this web page until the next routine Health Inspection is performed. 

From the perspective of some residents, this initiative is a welcome improvement, and has been a long time coming.  One source said, "I think it's good.  It's healthy.  This will hold restaurants accountable."

This kind of progress is sure to improve Grand Prairie's image, and foster a better dining environment for all concerned.

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