REDUCING THE RISK OF FOODBORNE ILLNESS...
During a nine-month period, approximately 294,000 reviews of New York City restaurants posted on Yelp.com were screened by software programs for possible cases of foodborne illness. The software flagged 893 reviews for evaluation by an epidemiologist, resulting in the identification of 468 reviews that were consistent with recent or potentially recent foodborne illness. However, only 15 – or 3% -- of the reviews described events that had been reported to the health department. The results of this pilot project, a joint venture between the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Columbia University and Yelp, suggest online restaurant reviews might help identify unreported outbreaks of foodborne illness and restaurants with poor food handling practices. K-State Research and Extension food scientist Karen Blakeslee discusses the pilot project and offers some tips to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
6/5/2014 7:00:00 PM