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New German Traffic Light-Style Restaurant Hygiene Ratings

Germany is introducing a color-coded national hygiene rating system for the country's restaurants. The traffic light-inspired ratings will debut in 2012, and are similar in concept to the letter grade systems used in cities like New York and Los Angeles.

Diners can eat without fear at restaurants that get the proverbial green light; yellow indicates "some concerns," and red means get up, quickly, and go somewhere else. The decision followed more than a year of what sounds like entertaining political debate over whether to adopt the color-coded system or one similar to Denmark's less-than-ominous food safety "smiley system."

· Germany Plans Hygiene Ratings for Restaurants [Spiegel]
· All Health Department Coverage on Eater [-E-]
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