Committee neutral on whether to post letter grades outside restaurants in Allegheny County |

Committee neutral on whether to post letter grades outside restaurants in Allegheny County

Aaron Aupperlee

Allegheny County Council members on Tuesday will cast a final vote on a proposal to post letter grades outside Allegheny County restaurants.

The proposal to post A, B or C grades based on annual food safety inspections has languished in council’s Health and Human Services Committee since the county’s Board of Health approved it in September.

Committee members voted Wednesday to send the proposal to the full council without indicating whether they supported it or not. Most bills leave committees with a positive recommendation.

At least eight of the 15 council members have said they are either against the proposal, have serious concerns or will abstain from the vote, virtually sealing the bill’s defeat.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald supports the letter grades. Restaurant owners and operators do not, claiming they will harm business without improving food safety.

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