New Website Uses Health Data To Track Food-Borne Illnesses

| 6/13/2017 2:37:00 PM

Tags: restaurant food, food safety, Kayla Matthews,


Everyone loves going out to eat at their favorite local restaurant, but when a pleasant meal ends up with you sick or even in the hospital, a lovely evening can quickly become a nightmare. While your local health department regularly inspects all the restaurants in your city, it can be difficult to access these inspection reports promptly.

That’s where Dining Grades comes in — a new website that keeps track of popular restaurants and makes it easier to make a decision about where you’re going to eat tonight. What makes Dining Grades different from other websites?

What’s Behind That Door

Finding the safest place to eat isn’t always easy — the dining room might look pristine, but you have no way of knowing what the kitchen or food prep areas look like. Rodents, pests, food that’s being improperly prepared or improperly stored, or food that is being transported at an incorrect temperature all put you at risk of acquiring a food-borne illness. In the U.S., more than 48 million people get sick every year from food-borne bacteria — roughly one out of every six people in the country.

Making the Right Choice

Sites like Dining Grades are an invaluable tool to help you make the right choice when deciding where to dine. You can search restaurants by city or by name, and see their average food safety rating, as well as the results of all of their recent health department inspections. While the site does not provide the details of these inspections, it also provides tools to allow you to both rate the restaurant and to report suspected food-borne illnesses.

While just having this information isn’t always enough to avoid a bad batch of food at even highly rated restaurants, it can help you avoid places that might look good, but are perpetually rated poorly by their local health department inspectors.

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