Much of the focus on food safety in the United States tends to target the retail industry. However, your local restaurant or diner can be just as big a source of dangerous infections, like salmonella poisoning.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one out of every 6 persons in this country will contract a foodborne illness this year. Out of these, 128,000 will be so seriously sickened that they will have to be admitted into the hospital. It is also estimated that 3,000 people die from a foodborne illness every year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that as many as 36% of all food poisoning outbreaks in the country are linked to contamination in a restaurant.
When it comes to restaurants and food safety, many consumers are aware that not all restaurants have high safety and hygiene standards. However, many consumers hesitate to bring unsanitary conditions to the notice of the restaurant management.
According to a study, as many as 25% of consumers, who noticed that the restaurant did not have hygienic practices, wouldn’t bother notifying a restaurant worker. About 75 percent of the respondents admitted that they would complain to a restaurant worker or management if they noticed any dirty conditions. However, even out of these people, many admitted that they would only be “somewhat likely” to bring the problem to the attention of the worker or management, and not “definitely likely” to speak up.
Such reluctance by consumers to complain about unhygienic and unsanitary practices is one of the reasons why restaurants continue to be such a major source of foodborne epidemics.
When you are at a restaurant, and notice unsanitary conditions like unwashed or dirty cutlery or utensils, dirty tables and other conditions, food poisoning lawyers highly recommend that you bring it to the notice of the management immediately.
One way to check the safety of the restaurant that you’re eating in is to check out the restrooms. If the restrooms are clean, it’s fairly likely that the kitchens are very clean too.
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