AP: Ex-Health Inspectors Nabbed on Bribery Charges in SF


Two former San Francisco health inspectors have been accused of swapping cash in exchange for OK’ing hundreds of restaurants’ food-safety qualifications, the Associated Press reports.

The ex-inspectors are said to have sold up to 350 health certificates since 2007, charging several hundred dollars per transaction, the AP notes.

The news has spun San Francisco’s high-profile dining scene into a tumult, as the restaurants affected range quite broadly — from high-end eateries to small, ethnic cafés.

The city’s restaurant association has already started re-training some of these establishments in food safety, the newswire reports.

If convicted, the health officials could face up to $10,000 in fines and eight years in prison.