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    Sacramento Goes Online with Food Inspection Reports

    Tabs on convenience stores, gas stations and restaurants available on the Internet to consumers.

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento County customers now have two ways to check how their favorite convenience store or restaurant fares on health and food safety inspections.

    The county's 5,500 licensed food facilities, including approximately 2,100 convenience stores and gas stations, must now post or make readily available full inspection reports conducted by the Sacramento County Environmental Health Division. The inspections are also posted online at the Sacramento County Web site. It's the first county in the U.S. to put make the reports available on the Internet.

    Consumers will be able to see just what health and safety inspectors find. "They look for compliance of health and safety codes, handling food at right temperatures, making sure employees wash their hands, cleanliness of the facility, things like that," said Richard Sanchez, chief of the division. "If they see a violation they note it on the inspection reports and then go back for re-inspection to see if they comply."

    C-stores and restaurants are indexed on the website by name or location, making it easy for potential patrons to check the status of an eatery. The posting regulations will be phased in over the next six months.

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