Dining out is a tradition for many Cobb County residents. Most locals eat out at least once a week, while others visit their favorite eateries almost every day. But a recent Patch news article shed light on how a Marietta DQ flunked a health inspection, as did Boru Ramen in Kennesaw. Should diners be concerned?
Foodborne illness is scary. When you’re eating outside of your home, you should be able to trust that dining establishments are taking the proper precautions to maintain a sanitary and healthful environment, but this is not always the case.
Causes of Food Poisoning
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Many different disease-causing germs can contaminate foods, so there are many foodborne infections.” Here are a few other facts about food poisoning:
- There are over 250 different foodborne diseases, according to the CDC.
- Most of the foodborne diseases are infections caused by parasites, bacteria, and viruses.
- Foods can also be contaminated by toxins and chemicals, which can lead to foodborne illnesses.
The top five germs that lead to foodborne illness when eaten include: norovirus, salmonella, clostridium perfringens, campylobacter, and staphylococcus aureus (Staph).
Though less common, vibrio, listeria, clostridium botulinum, and Escherichia coli (E. coli) are germs that can lead to hospitalization, especially in children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems.
Food poisoning symptoms can include:
- Stomach cramps
- Blood in stools
Foodborne illness is not to be taken lightly. In serious cases, it can lead to serious complications, such as chronic arthritis, brain and nerve damage, and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which results in kidney failure.
Risk Factors of Foodborne Illness
The CDC has identified five risk factors for foodborne illness in the restaurant setting:
- purchasing food from an unsafe source
- undercooked food
- holding food at the wrong temperature
- using equipment that is contaminated
- restaurant workers practicing poor personal hygiene
To learn more about how restaurant failures can put your health at risk, click here.
From casual dining to five-star restaurants, all dining establishments have a duty to their customers to adhere to the highest standards in food preparation and cleanliness. If you have become sick after eating at a restaurant in Cobb County, contact Jones & Swanson to discuss your options.