GRADING YOUR KITCHEN HOME KITCHENS FACE RESTAURANT SCRUTINY.Byline: Troy Anderson Staff Writer
Would your kitchen get an ``A'' grade?
Building off its popular restaurant grading system, Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County health officials are challenging residents to find out with an online home-kitchen quiz.
Those with keen cleanliness Cleanliness
See also Orderliness.
Cleverness (See CUNNING.)
unkempt herself, demands cleanliness from others, especially children. [Ger. Folklore: Leach, 137]
continually “washes” itself. customs who score 90 percent or higher will get a coveted cov·et
v. cov·et·ed, cov·et·ing, cov·ets
1. To feel blameworthy desire for (that which is another's). See Synonyms at envy.
2. To wish for longingly. See Synonyms at desire. ``A'' placard to post in their kitchens.
``The majority of food-borne illnesses Food-borne illness
A disease that is transmitted by eating or handling contaminated food.
Mentioned in: Campylobacteriosis, Shigellosis come from foods prepared in the home. So we want to mirror the progress made in our restaurant grading system with progress people can make in their own kitchen, making sure the food they serve is as safe as it can be,'' Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding said Tuesday.
A recent study suggests that the popular restaurant grading system, introduced in the county in 1998 and now a national model, contributed to a 13 percent decrease in the number of reported food-borne illnesses from 1997 to 2000.
The home kitchen self-inspection quiz applies the same standards as health inspectors A health inspector, or Environmental Health Specialist is a public employee who investigates health hazards in a wide variety of locations, then will take action to mitigate or eliminate the hazards. use in the restaurant grading system, asking more than three-dozen questions on topics from food temperatures and handling to hand washing This article or section contains .
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Andrew Casana, senior director of local government affairs for the 25,000-member California Restaurant Association, said he took the survey and got an ``A'' - but his wife and two people in his office took the survey and got ``C's.''
``We deal with this on a daily basis,'' Casana said. ``We are used to keeping our kitchens clean. But some people don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. how to store meat or other items. People at home can get themselves sick if they don't do things correctly.''
Some might not be aware of the right answers to such questions as where to store raw meat in the refrigerator or whether to use the same cutting board for vegetables and meat, Casana said.
``You can get a cross-contamination thing,'' Casana said. ``You often see people using the same chopping chop 1
v. chopped, chop·ping, chops
a. To cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax: chop wood.
b. board for meat and produce.''
Since the county began grading restaurants to ensure compliance with local and national food-safety regulations, many residents now look for the ``A,'' ``B'' or ``C'' placards before deciding whether to eat at a certain establishment.
Still, the home kitchen self-inspection quiz drew mixed reactions from some residents.
``I think it's silly,'' said Canoga Park resident Ruth Hipschman. ``There is a purpose for doing it in public because you don't know what is happening in the kitchen. But when you are cooking in your own home, you know how you are cleaning it.
``Why do you need someone else to tell you that's an 'A' or a 'C,' or that you flunked?''
Granada Hills resident Catherine Kelsey questioned county priorities.
``Doesn't the county have more things to do that would be more useful than this?'' Kelsey asked. ``There are many other things I'd like to see the county spend money on.''
Some noted a lighter side: The placard might be a good conversation piece for parties.
``I wouldn't personally get one,'' said Nicole Rodriguez, a bartender at the Riverbottom Bar & Grill in Burbank. ``But it would be fun for people who are home a lot.''
Others suggested friends and neighbors might use it to take ``keeping up with the Joneses'' to a new level.
``But you have to tell the truth,'' said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Michael Dennis Antonovich (born 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors representing the Fifth District, which covers northern Los Angeles County, the Antelope, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, and parts of the San Fernando and San , who initiated the restaurant grading system.
``Just like when we are reassured re·as·sure
tr.v. re·as·sured, re·as·sur·ing, re·as·sures
1. To restore confidence to.
2. To assure again.
3. To reinsure. when we go to a restaurant and look at their grades, it will be interesting to see how reassured people are when they are invited over to other people's homes and say, 'Hey, where is your 'A' grade?''' Fielding said.
North Hills resident Barbara Cook Barbara Cook (born October 25 1927) is a Tony Award-winning American singer and actress who first came to prominence in the 1950s after creating roles in the Broadway musicals Candide and The Music Man, among others. said the self-inspection was a great idea.
``People will be less apt to get sick if they wash their hands and clean their counters better,'' Cook said.
Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985
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