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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 9, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Reforms Sanitation Grading for U.S. Restaurants Warn Children About Dogs WASHINGTON (API I'Yclonil officials doubt llial American diners notice or un- derstand the sanitation ratines posted in restaurant windows and are siiKKCstint; the A. and sicris lie scrapped. The l''ood and Drni; Ad- ministration reconiniended this move to state and local ijovcrnincnts although a Midi aiM'iicy official that sanitation is generally had in Ihi' nation's IMKI.IIIHI food es- Doesn't Care U illiam Bower, acline diieclor of the agency's food ice division, s.ud the op- imnal sanitation Kradinj; iiroMsion was dropped at the insistence of the restaurant in- d'isirv when FDA annonnceil a new version of its model ordinance "'I'he ,inst can't tell Ilic difference between A and 1! and doesn't much care anyway, he said. "There is little interest aiuonj: en- forcemenl agencies and courts feel this is a nuisance Tile federal ernmont's model ordinance is not hindins; on state or local Kovernmenls but Bower said '.ill stales and 1M4 municipalities adopted (he model. Many of them Krade inspection reports with an A, B or and post the grades in front windows. Katin.i; standards vary widely amonu the cities and stales that have such laws. In general, an A ratine means a restaurant is satisfactory, with no significant sanitation problems, a If rulinj: means Iliut Ihcrc arc problems, and a ralim; means lhal I he sani- lalion situation is .seriously deficient (Iowa has ils own system) The federal mode! or- dinance and e food-service rcunlalions are open for public comment Hie next 911 days. About 450 copies of an earlier version were cir- culated amon.u local govern- ments and (he reslauraut in- dustry nearly two years All Aspects If adopted by local and stale the model law would govern all aspects of sanitation in the nation's res- lanrants. catering cslahlish- ments, cafeterias and fast-food cat-mints. "We will not in the model he declared. "In all fairness. Hie staff jusl didn't we could make such a recommen- dation II just doesn't work lie said the National Ues- taiiranl Assn. opposed Ltradmi; in MlliJ and ludped convince him to drop il now Over a period of time. a combination of pres- sure by restntinml owners anil lack of qualified inspeclors. the grades lend In become meaningless or misleadinu, lie said. find most of (he graded eslablishmenls are very poor from a sanitation standpoint, but'all arcKi-aded A." he said. "This seems lo be what hap- pens, when pressure is put on and moves tow aril a maximum of demerit points Bower said more ern incuts are abaiulonini; Ilian are adopting II. Mosl stall's which didn'l embrace the model ordinance are following a version and five Texas. Iowa, Maine. North Dakota and Nebraska have their own systems. Bower said the new model ordinance will lie promoted heavily lo the slales. Besides dropping the ine provision, the new or- dinance consolidates the present maximum of IIS viola- lions into -14 and establishes a new point scoring system. starliiiK at and .miint; down. Presently, scoring starts at 'This it's s posi- Bower said. "I think it's easier for operators and cus- tomers lo understand." "1 am kind of aeainsl public posting because without Asked lo assess sanik the nation's food serv (lustry, he said, "In t it's bad. AMKS Kvcr.v (all drivers are warned to watch for children on their way to and from school. But a new warn- has been directed at school children conceruim: stray does on the school according lo Iowa Slate university extension vet- erinarian Dr. Johnny lloskins. Children seem lo attract stray A simple him or pel can coax a doe to follow students throueh the neiebbor- hood to the school ei'ounds. School hallways are not un- common territories for stray does. Children should no! pet strays or lease confined does with rocks and sticks. "Most does will not bite unless teased." said lloskins. If confused or excited, does may react by biting the near- est person. Children should be warned of that possibility All animals on school grounds should be reported lo the recess supervisor or class- room teacher who will inform the proper school authorities. Doe owners are fully re- sponsible whether the doe is confined In the home, vard or runs free on the school ground. If a child is bitten, first wash the area well with soap and water. 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