Is Your Kitchen an A, B, or C? Take the Los Angeles County Health Grade Test (and Get a Grade Magnet)

Is Your Kitchen an A, B, or C? Take the Los Angeles County Health Grade Test (and Get a Grade Magnet)

Faith Durand
May 28, 2008

If you live in Los Angeles or have ever visited a restaurant there, you know that all eating establishments within LA County are graded A, B, and C. We just discovered that there's a version of the health quiz for home kitchens!

If you're willing to spend a few minutes answering questions like "Do you believe that you ever got sick from eating at home?" and "My kitchen shelves and cabinets are clean and free of dust" you can get your own kitchen graded by the Los Angeles Public Health Department.

Then, if you score an "A" rating and live in California, the LA Health Department will send you a magnet for your refrigerator. It looks just like the "A" rating in the restaurant windows.

It was an open secret among our friends in Los Angeles that the best ethnic restaurants were always graded "B" or below. The best Thai food we've ever had in our lives was at a "C" grade restaurant. We just assumed that the health inspectors mandated a strict and culturally American sense of what was healthy, which might be very different from another culture's. Take French and British game cooking, for instance; what health inspector will let a pheasant be hung until its feathers nearly drop out?

So we are rather glad of a "B" rating for our own kitchen. We think it's because we copped to eating eggs "undercooked."

Now we just need a friend in LA to send us a magnet to proudly display on our fridge! Too bad they don't issue "B" magnets - just "A" gradings for home refrigerators.

• Take the quiz! Los Angeles County Environmental Health Services Home Kitchen Self-Inspection Site

Related: Good Question: Do Fridge Crisper Drawers Really Work?

Does anyone already have one of these LA Health Department grade magnets on their refrigerator?

(Top image: Flickr member dragonarium, used by permission.)

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