NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYC restaurant grading system is marking five years and the Health Department is taking it’s measure.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports that 88 percent of New Yorkers say they use the grading system to make dining decisions.

Out of New York City’s 24,000 restaurants, 95 percent of them now get a grade.

“What we’ve seen is a much more rapid improvement than we’ve ever expected to see,” said Deputy Health Commissioner Dan Kass. “Restaurants have really stepped up their game and improved their internal training, attended our training.”

Kass notes there has been a 24 percent decline in salmonella cases since letter grading began and that 88 percent of New Yorkers used letter grades in their restaurant selections.



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