Now on Yelp: Anchorage restaurant health and safety scores
Want to know how an Anchorage eatery scored on their health inspection? Now you can find out online with the help of popular review website Yelp.
The municipality announced the project Monday. Anchorage food and pool inspection results have previously been available on the municipality’s website. According to the release, businesses are scored on a scale of 1 to 100.
Now those same records are available on Yelp and the site will show the most recent score as well as a summary of the violations for the past three years of inspections.
“It’s great to see Anchorage prioritizing open data and sharing health scores for local restaurants on Yelp. Millions of people are already searching on Yelp every day for information on restaurants and other businesses, so it makes sense to bring this information to them in a channel they’re already using when they’re making a buying decision,” said Luther Lowe, VP of Public Policy at Yelp, in Monday’s release.
In the announcement, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said this is a great example of how open source data initiatives can provide benefits to consumers. The data is provided with a LIVES (Local Inspector Value-Entry Specification) open data source link to Yelp.
Full inspections with all the violation details will continue to be available on the Department of Health and Human Services webpage.
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