Yelp Helped Nyc Health Officials Find Hundreds Of Cases Of Food Borne Illness | Fox News

Researchers involved in a pilot project between the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Columbia University and Yelp trawled the site for reviews that included words like “sick,” “vomit,” “diarrhea” and “food poisoning,” between July 2012 and March 2013. ADVERTISEMENT redirected here ADVERTISEMENT Roughly 294,000 Yelp reviews were analyzed, and researchers found 468 posts that were consistent with cases of recent food borne illnesses. Only 15 of those cases had been independently reported to the health department. “The results suggest that online restaurant reviews might help to identify unreported outbreaks of food borne illness and restaurants with deficiencies in food handling,” researchers wrote in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Thursday. Further review into those nearly 500 cases led the department to launch three investigations into restaurant-related food poisoning outbreaks. The department found that 16 people were sickened by dishes such as shrimp and lobster cannelloni, and macaroni and cheese spring rolls because to improper cold food storage, bare-hand contact with the food and live roaches. The report noted, however, that the analysis was limited by requiring considerable time and resources reading reviews, sending emails and conducting interviews.
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/05/22/yelp-helped-nyc-health-officials-find-hundreds-cases-food-borne-illness/

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