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Emanuel Wants To Limit Restaurant Inspections

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Rahm Emanuel speaks with the media after Wednesday's City Council meeting. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/Newsradio WBBM)

Rahm Emanuel speaks with the media after Wednesday’s City Council meeting. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/Newsradio WBBM)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel wants some establishments that sell mostly pre-packaged food to be free from the inspection process that oversees restaurants in the city.

There simply is not enough money and inspectors to check all the establishments in the city that sell food, he says.

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So he wants to let retailers that sell mostly pre-packaged food to be able to self-certify – so the city inspectors can concentrate on the thousands of restaurants that actually prepare food.

The city has a new website up that lists restaurants and whether they have passed or failed inspections.

“Right now we have information for inspections from January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2011,” says Dr. Bechara Choucair, commissioner of the city’s department of public health.

“Every week we will be updating the site with the new inspections that have happened in the last week.”

LINK: City of Chicago Food Inspections

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