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As clean as they look? Food hygiene inspection scores, microbiological contamination, and foodborne illness

As clean as they look? Food hygiene inspection scores, microbiological contamination, and foodborne illness
As clean as they look? Food hygiene inspection scores, microbiological contamination, and foodborne illness

This work describes the relationship between compliance with food hygiene law as reflected in food hygiene scores; measures of microbiological contamination of food samples taken from consumer-facing food businesses in England, Northern Ireland and Wales; and outbreaks of foodborne illness. This paper demonstrates an association between the results of food hygiene inspections done by trained inspectors, using a rigorous and consistent procedure, with microbiological contamination of actual food samples from those premises. A proposed theoretical model further demonstrates the reduction in foodborne illness that would result if there were increased compliance with food hygiene law.

Foodborne illness, Microbiological contamination, Restaurant inspection
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76-86
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Fleetwood, Janet, Rahman, Shamim, Holland, Darren, Millson, David, Thomson, Laura and Poppy, Guy (2019) As clean as they look? Food hygiene inspection scores, microbiological contamination, and foodborne illness. Food Control, 96, 76-86. (doi:10.1016/j.foodcont.2018.08.034).

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This work describes the relationship between compliance with food hygiene law as reflected in food hygiene scores; measures of microbiological contamination of food samples taken from consumer-facing food businesses in England, Northern Ireland and Wales; and outbreaks of foodborne illness. This paper demonstrates an association between the results of food hygiene inspections done by trained inspectors, using a rigorous and consistent procedure, with microbiological contamination of actual food samples from those premises. A proposed theoretical model further demonstrates the reduction in foodborne illness that would result if there were increased compliance with food hygiene law.

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Accepted/In Press date: 29 August 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 30 August 2018
Published date: 1 February 2019
Keywords: Foodborne illness, Microbiological contamination, Restaurant inspection

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Local EPrints ID: 426580
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/426580
ISSN: 0956-7135
PURE UUID: 5ba57688-8f87-44b1-b46b-1acec77b10e9

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Date deposited: 30 Nov 2018 17:30
Last modified: 16 Sep 2019 16:44

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