PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Health Department says it has changed its policy and is moving to post restaurant inspection reports as quickly as possible.
Philly.com reports (http://bit.ly/1PiZhUH ) the decision announced Monday marks a shift from the department's long-standing policy of keeping inspection reports secret for 30 days.
The website reports Philadelphia is the only major city in the country to withhold inspection results from the public for a significant length of time.
Health Department spokesman Jeff Moran says the non-disclosure period isn't required by code and isn't consistent with the mayor's open-data policy.
Officials say the withholding period has existed for at least three decades.
The health department inspects about 12,000 food establishments each year, including 5,000 eat-in restaurants.
Information from: Philly.com, http://www.philly.com/