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Reviewing health scores before you get to dinner or your hotel

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Heading into the holiday weekend, the Columbus Health Department is reminding the public of a free, online database to review health inspections across both Alabama and Georgia. The Web site has official inspector reviews for restaurants, hotels and other establishments.

"The database is there to inform the public about they go to eat and how safe the food is," says Jack Lockwood of the Columbus Health Department.

Scott Ressmeyer of Country's Barbeque agrees safety should be a big part of eating out.

"This is our livelihood," he says." "Our number one goal is keeping the consumer safe."

In researching the story, News 3 learned the Georgia database could be a little confusing. For most establishments, the database provides access to the last five inspections. However, when browsing by grade level it shows only those inspections meeting your search criteria. The database omits all other inspections from your search. For example, Chef Lee's Peking II restaurant is listed on the database with a 68, a score they received in May, if you browse the "Unsatisfactory" grade level. It shows no indication of the B grade they received later that month or the A they received in August. A user would only know of the more recent scores if they manually re-searched the database by typing in the establishment's name in the search bar. There is no other way to know if an establishment has a more recent rating when browsing by grade level.

The Columbus Health Department says it typically takes 24- to 48-hours for a new report to be posted.

Columbus-area businesses with a concern regarding their postings can call the Columbus Health Department at 706-321-6300.


Editor's Note: This story was updated on Sunday, Sept. 1 to represent how to access the most recent score's for an establishment after News 3 learned of the extra step needed.
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