By Tim Kowols
The Wisconsin Restaurant Association is hopeful a new grading system for Milwaukee food establishments does not spread to the rest of the state. Beginning this month, Milwaukee restaurants can voluntarily post their letter grade based on their most recent inspection by the city’s health department on the front window before they are forced to in 2019. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the health department hopes the added transparency helps cut down on food-borne illnesses and force more operators into compliance. Wisconsin Restaurant Association Executive Vice President Susan Quam says the group opposes the measure because it is oversimplifying a complex inspection report and food code.
Quam says there is already a statewide, searchable database for interested people maintained by the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to get the most recent inspection reports.