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Philadelphia Health Department restaurant inspections to become public without waiting period


PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Health Department says it has changed its policy and is moving to post restaurant inspection reports as quickly as possible. reports ( ) 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.

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