Consumer Interest and Preferred Formats for Disclosure of Restaurant Inspection Results, Minnesota 2019

Melanie J. Firestone, Craig W. Hedberg

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ABSTRACT: In recent years, numerous state and local health departments have developed systems to disclose restaurant inspection results to consumers. Public disclosure of restaurant inspection results can reduce transmission of foodborne illness by driving improvements in sanitary conditions. In Minnesota, restaurant inspection results are not readily accessible for consumers to use to make decisions about where to eat. The objective of this study was to assess the consumer interest among Minnesota adults in having better access to restaurant inspection results and to identify preferred formats for disseminating this information. We conducted a survey among 1,188 Minnesota residents aged 18 years or older at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair. Overall, 94.4% of respondents wanted better access to restaurants' inspection information. More than three-quarters (77.1%) of respondents stated that they would use this information to decide where to eat. Respondents wanted to see inspection results online (71.6%) and at restaurants (62.1%). Increasing public access to inspection results could reinforce efforts by public health agencies and food service operators to improve the safety of foods prepared away from home.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)715-721
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of food protection
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020



  • Inspections
  • Public disclosure
  • Restaurants

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  • Journal Article

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