The San Francisco Department of Public Health operates numerous programs designed to improve health and safety conditions in the city. These include the San Francisco City Clinic, which fights STDs, and the Environmental Health Section, which publishes inspection results for food outlets such as restaurants. To ensure maximum accountability, food establishments must post their inspection reports in full view of the public.
Restaurants in San Francisco receive scores in several tiers based on inspection results. Inspectors look for a variety of violations, triaging them into high-, moderate- or low-risk depending on the public health hazard involved. A high-risk violation concerns food-borne illness transmission, food adulteration, or food surface contamination. Any restaurant, whether it receives a rating of good, adequate, needs improvement, or poor, may have high-risk violations. Businesses must rectify the situation and schedule a re-inspection, at which point their score may be upgraded.