California law does not require regulated food facilities to conspicuously post the health inspection report or results of the inspection. However, food facilities are required to maintain health inspection reports on-site and must provide them upon request to anyone who wants to see the results.
Each health agency has the discretion to post restaurant scores, restaurant grades, or restaurant ratings, but because inspections are a snapshot in time, a simple grading, scoring, or rating system may not accurately represent the day-to-day operational behaviors. In some cases, some restaurants that earn poor scores during a routine inspection could potentially try to artificially boost their scores by requesting a re-inspection. They may fix the issues that were found during the inspection, but the overall score doesn't tell the public about the actual issues that were found. This would be unfair to other restaurants that truly earned a higher score and had fewer health code violations during a routine inspection.
To put it simply: The grading or scoring system oversimplifies the results in a manner that may actually be misleading regarding what was found during a particular inspection.
It's much more beneficial for individuals to read the comments of each inspection and not rely on any assigned score. That's why we post full inspection results online, including the comments and the score. Visit eatsafeslo.org to view complete food facility inspection results.