CLIPBOARD : Restaurant Violations Review

Researched by: KATHIE BOZANICH / Los Angeles Times

The environmental health division of Orange County's Health Care Agency performs routine unannounced inspections of the county's more than 6,000 restaurants, markets and other food establishments. When conditions violate state law or applicable county and municipal codes, inspectors can issue notices of violation. If inspectors find during an announced recheck that conditions cited in the notice have not been rectified, they can effectively close the business by suspending its health permit. Inspectors can also issue a summary health permit suspension during a routine inspection if they find an immediate health threat. In all cases, health permits are reinstated as soon as the situation is rectified. Here's how suspensions in 1989 compared to 1990 in the various cities:

City 1989 1990 Anaheim 15 6 Buena Park 2 1 Costa Mesa 0 4 Cypress 0 3 Fountain Valley 0 2 Fullerton 2 0 Garden Grove 4 7 Huntington Beach 2 3 Irvine 0 4 Laguna Beach 6 2 Laguna Niguel 2 2 La Habra 2 1 La Palma 0 1 Mission Viejo 4 2 Newport Beach 6 3 Orange 3 3 Placentia 2 1 San Clemente 5 3 Santa Ana 22 30 Seal Beach 0 1 Stanton 1 0 Tustin 0 2 Westminster 10 7 Unincorporated areas 7 11 Total 95 99

Note: There were no permit suspensions either year in the following cities: Brea, Dana Point, Los Alamitos, San Juan Capistrano, Villa Park and Yorba Linda. Source: Orange County Health Care Agency, environmental health division

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