Health officials see a change in food inspections

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - State health officials say they have seen a change since last year's audit shows problems in food inspections. Back then the department was said to be approving permits to eateries having critical health code violations, and not inspecting restaurants as frequently as they should. The office claims it has now corrected those errors. Officials said they owe a big part of it to the "Lean Six Project", an internal review process.

"The Lean Six Project, certainly helped us figure out how to do it, how to really stream line this process to get to the point where we are now. Where you can go to a restaurant and feel very comfortable that they had a recent inspection," said Kathy Kliebert Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals.

Mestizo restaurant owner Jim Urdiales, has been in business for 15 years. He said he recently had an inspection and can definitely see the improvements in the inspection process.

"The new guidelines are a little stricter there is a little bit more nitpicking on some issues," said Urdiales.

He said having customers feel better about how restaurants are inspected will help all businesses.

"People are spending good money to eat and dine in their restaurant and they want to know that there is some level of cleanliness and inspection going on in every restaurant," said Urdiales.

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