Evaluation of Health Department Restaurant Inspection Programs

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) partnered with NNPHI on a project evaluating restaurant inspection programs that publicly post inspection results to assess the effectiveness, strengths, and weaknesses of selected programs. The evaluation found that disclosing inspection ratings at the point of service was associated with a 55% reduction in outbreaks compared to disclosing only online. The results were published in the January/February 2021 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health and will be presented at the 2022 NEHA Annual Education Conference. Follow up analysis was published in the Journal of Food Protection in February 2022.

NNPHI provided the plans and materials to disseminate study findings to the target audience of state and local environmental health programs, specifically food safety leaders and staff who are responsible for retail food safety. The findings and recommendations of these evaluations can guide decision-making about how best to structure inspection programs to support food safety.

For more information, please see the NEHA website at https://www.neha.org/eh-topics/food-safety-0/disclosing-inspection-results-point-service-impact-food-establishment

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