According to the Center for Disease Control, one in six Americans become sick from food borne illnesses, 128,000 needs to be hospitalized and 3,000 people lose their lives. The Center for Disease Control also says about 36% of documented outbreaks are because restaurants are handling foods improperly.
How to tell if you are eating at a clean restaurant? One sure way is to check out the bathrooms. The cleanliness of an eatery’s restroom can tell you a lot about the cleanliness of the restaurant as a whole. Not only is a dirty bathroom indicative of a lack of cleaning in other parts of the restaurant, remember that it’s also the bathroom that the staff uses during their shifts. If the staff is in this area just as much as the guests and doesn’t see the need to clean, other areas of the restaurant may also be neglected.
Do the floors look like they’ve been recently mopped? Are the toilets wiped clean? Is there soap left in the dispenser? What do you smell the second you walk into a stall? These are all signs you need to look for when it comes to the restrooms and the restaurant in general. If a bathroom is pristine, walk back to your table with confidence and a smile on your face, knowing you’re dining with an establishment that cares about details.
If you do get sick please report the restaurant to the authorities. When two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink, the event is called a foodborne outbreak. Reporting illnesses to your local health department helps them identify potential outbreaks of foodborne disease. Public health officials investigate outbreaks to control them, so more people do not get