ex-health inspectors nabbed on bribery charges in san francisco

two accused of bribery for selling food safety exams*
from fork in the road: Two former San Francisco health inspectors have been accused of swapping cash in exchange for okaying 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 cafes. 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 8 years in prison.

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