LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - If you're heading out to eat in Lexington, now you can check your restaurant's last inspection score before you go!
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department announced Thursday they will begin posting health inspection scores on their website. In a press release, the Health Department says the move is meant to "help diners in Lexington stay better informed."
The Health Department will list the restaurant's name, address, inspection type, and score, along with a list of violations on the site. Restaurants will be listed in alphabetical order.
"All foodservice establishments are required to post their inspection scores in a conspicuous spot, but many diners would like to do some research prior to arriving at the restaurant," said Jessica Cobb, LFCHD's Communicable Disease manager. "By putting these scores online, anyone wishing to eat in Lexington can enjoy convenient access to inspection information from their computer."
There are nearly 1,500 establishments in Fayette County regulated by the Health Department, including restaurants, school and university cafeterias, supermarkets, and anywhere else food is regularly served. Each establishment is inspected at least twice a year.
"Our environmental health specialists visit each location to make sure health codes are being followed to ensure safe, sanitary conditions for patrons," Cobb said. "Nationally, foodborne illnesses affect 76 million people each year. The inspections are a crucial component of public health since so many people in Fayette County and guests from other areas eat at our restaurants."