BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Are you an avid Yelper? Or do you use it to find the tastiest boudin or crawfish? Yelp launched a new health feature to help users not only eat well, but to ensure their food safety.
Yelp started displaying health score for restaurants in Louisiana on Wednesday. The company announced the new feature earlier this year that it would bring the hygiene scores to restaurant pages across the country.
HDScores is partnering with Yelp to display the health score, ranging from 0 to 100, to collect public data from the local health department. HDScores calculates its own score based on past inspection results of a business since local health departments do not provide inspection scores.
Yelp launched the LIVES program in 2013, but made it national in summer 2018. The aim of the score is to provide users with more information before they decide where their next meal will be. Yelp says by making this information visible, it could decrease the number of hospitalizations due to food-borne illness.