State website to post restaurant conditions

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state website is starting this week that will allow diners to check the sanitary conditions at restaurants they frequent or want to try.

The Office of Public Health will be posting inspection reports that include critical and non-critical violations, along with corrective actions that have been taken or are pending.

The Advocate ( said the agency once had an online restaurant rating system that was shut down because of glitches.

The agency is responsible for licensing and permitting nearly 32,000 retail food establishments. Half of those are restaurants. Inspection records also will be posted for more than 8,800 markets, 4,700 bars, 2,500 day-care and residential facilities and seasonal businesses such as snowball stand.

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