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Making the Grade

nyc-letter-grade-health-inspection-150.jpgNew York restaurants will soon be required to post letter grades based on their health inspections, and studies have shown that it could significantly reduce food poisoning. When Los Angeles began a similar program in 2003, the city saw a 20% decline in food-borne illness, and although the association is not guaranteed, it seems like restaurants were basically shamed into being cleaner. [WNYC via GS]