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2009_02_dohratings.jpgFor those opposed to the health dept.'s plan to give restaurants letter grades, check out this pitch, per the Times: "Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County, said an independent study showed that its letter system had not only reduced food-borne illness outbreaks associated with restaurants, but also had lowered associated hospitalizations by 20 percent...the number of A-grade restaurants climbed to 83 percent in 2007, from 40 percent in 1998, and revenues increased in those restaurants, he said." [NYT]