Your Kitchen Is Probably Filthier Than New York's Dirtiest Dive

You filthy animals!
You filthy animals!

In yet another glaring example that the Department of Health's restaurant inspection letter grades are likely to be formidably misunderstood by the average dining Joe, researchers have found that at least one in seven home kitchens would fail the DOH inspection -- in other words, score less than a C grade.

In fact, according to The Associated Press, only a third of home cooks surveyed would score an "A," which probably explains why the bulk of people sickened by food-borne illnesses are contaminated by foods cooked at home. But don't feel bad. If the top-rated restaurant in the city can only get a "C" (and White Castle is at the top of the class alongside A-graded Popeye's Chicken and McDonald's), something must be wrong with the system.

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