App helps you do a FoodSpect-ion to see if restaurants are safe and clean

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Just how safe is your food when you eat out? You can stop wondering and find out by clicking on a new app.

Chicago is the first U.S. city to get FoodSpect. It is a data heavy app that is user-friendly and filled with information, ratings and even food inspectors' notes the public should have access to but normally doesn't bother to look up.

The idea is to be able to look up inspection reports and learn who's been written up, for what and when. You can search for a restaurant, a school cafeteria, coffee house or grocery store by name. You can also get a list of places "near me" within a 200 mile radius of where you are, so long as its within city limits.

You can mark a favorite or read all the juicy details from inspections dating back to 2013.

It will cost you 99 cents on iPhones or Androids.

The app launches in New York  then on to the West Coast.

The brains behind it plan to compile the same type of public information at tattoo parlors, nursing homes and day care centers down the road.


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