New Food Safety App for Compliance of Local Restaurants

New feature allows users to subscribe to receive food safety update notifications on specific restaurants
Download SCCDineOut from the Apple iOS App Store or Google Play or review inspection reports online at www.sccgov.org/sccdineout. For more information, please visit the Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency website (cepascc.org) or Facebook page (facebook.com/cepascc).

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Eating at local restaurants with family and friends this summer? Be sure to use the new SCCDineOut App for Android devices to check on a restaurant’s food safety compliance status, inspection results and closures, from your smart phone. The SCCDineOut App is now available for both Android and Apple iOS devices, and offers a new feature that allows users to subscribe for notifications on food safety inspections and compliance activity for their favorite restaurants.

“The SCCDineOut app makes it simple and easy to check for a restaurant’s compliance status and inspection results on mobile phones before you visit an establishment,” said Jim Blamey, Director, County of Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health. “We now have the added feature that allows users to stay up to date on routine food inspection activities at their favorite restaurants.”

On SCCDineOut, consumers can view the most recent food inspection results for a restaurant they are considering, including specific violations, if any.  They can also view a list of restaurants that have been closed for food safety violations during the last six months.

Features of the SCCDineOut app include:

  • Inspection results for thousands of food facilities within Santa Clara County
  • Subscribe to receive notifications when new activity occurs for specific restaurants
  • Search by food facility name or those near your current location
  • Sort inspection results by compliance scores
  • View contact information for food facilities
  • Easily view closure information for food facilities that are immediately closed due to a major violation
  • More information about the placard color and compliance score
  • Submit feedback to the Department

The County of Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health (DEH) launched the SCCDineOut Mobile App for both Android and Apple iOS devices to help the public make informed decisions when eating at local restaurants.

“The SCCDineOut App for Android devices is our newest product to support the County’s effort to inform residents about the food safety compliance records of area food facilities,” said Michael Balliet, Director of Consumer Protection Division.  “Diners now have access to inspection results on their mobile devices, online, and at restaurant locations.”

The SCCDineOut App complements the County’s food facility placarding and scoring program – which assigns a Green, Yellow, or Red colored placard for food facilities and posts the results of environmental health inspections online along with the compliance score – to alert diners to whether or not a facility is in compliance with food safety laws.  The color-coded placards are posted in plain view at all food facilities that perform food preparation, and now grocery stores following a routine inspection.  The colored placards are issued as Environmental Health Specialists conduct inspections throughout the year.  Inspection schedules vary and depend on the historical compliance of food facilities.

Download SCCDineOut from the Apple iOS App Store or Google Play or review inspection reports online at www.sccgov.org/sccdineout.  For more information, please visit the Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency website (cepascc.org) or Facebook page (facebook.com/cepascc).

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