Restaurant-rating scam accusations embroil two ex-inspectors

Courtesy photoThe District Attorney's Office says there was something fishy going on with the restaurant inspections done by two former workers.

Two former San Francisco Public Health Department inspectors are being charged with selling food safety certifications to hundreds of restaurants in The City and beyond.

District Attorney George Gascón said Tuesday that today, he will out the pair suspected of trading passing grades for cash three years ago.

The alleged bribes did not create a food safety scare, prosecutors said Monday, as most of the operations have since been certified.

The fired workers, one described as a department veteran, were in charge of conducting health and safety inspections. As part of the process, a restaurant owner or employee must pass a written food safety manager exam. Instead of taking the test, the suspects had them shell out between $100 and $200 for certification, prosecutors said.

No restaurant owner or worker has been charged in the scheme.

The employees are believed to have worked alone, prosecutors said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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