- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Allegheny County Council has given an “F” to a plan to grade restaurants using letters, instead of the pass-fail system currently in use.

The county’s Board of Health in September proposed giving restaurants grades like “A”, “B” or “C” if they passed a health inspection, to better give customers an idea of how closely the businesses cam to meeting health and cleanliness standards.

But Pittsburgh-area restaurant owners balked, saying a business that got a “B,” for example, might be perceived as unclean or unhealthy even though that grade would have meant it was safe to eat there.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald also favored the plan, but he was overruled by council in a special vote Tuesday night.

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