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

Melanie J. Firestone, Craig W. Hedberg

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Abstract

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
Volume83
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the following people for reviewing the survey and/or assisting with data collection: Patrick Balius, Jeff Bender, Kim Carlton, Logan Ebeling, Nicole Hedeen, Elizabeth Johnson, Sara Lammert, Ross A. McKenzie, Paige Mushinski, Nancy Rolstad, Robert L. Scharff, Joseph Servadio, Kirk Smith, Katie Tastad, and Madhura S. Vachon. We also thank the following D2D Research Facility staff: Brian Bania, Lauren Duval, Annie Hotop, and Atticus M. Wolfe. This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Grant UL1TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Additional support was provided by the University of Minnesota Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 International Association for Food Protection. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Inspections
  • Public disclosure
  • Restaurants

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  • Journal Article

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