Unreported food poisoning incidents found through Yelp reviews

In NYC, health officials have been looking at reviews on Yelp to discover unreported food poisoning incidents. The project, run by the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene in conjunction with Yelp and Columbia University, searched the online review site between June 2012 and March 2013 for reviews containing words such as ‘food poisoning’, ‘diarrhoea’ and ‘vomit.’

The project looked at around 294,000 reviews on Yelp of which around 468 posts includes words related to food poisoning incidents – only 15 of these had been reported to the health department. When researchers looked into the 500 or so cases, investigations were launched into outbreaks of food poisoning at three restaurants. The results showed that un-hygienic conditions, live roaches and improper storage of food were the main factors that had caused illness.

With the use of social media growing across the US, this could be a good way for health departments to capture information on food-borne illnesses, as many people are more likely to post reviews online than report their illness to the health department. This new research could help to improve food hygiene standards and reduce the number of food poisoning compensation claims in the US each year.

Have you been affected by food poisoning?

Food poisoning can be incredibly dangerous for children and older people or those who are already ill; in most healthy people the symptoms usually subside within a few days. You may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach pains and in some cases symptoms can be ongoing for a longer period of time.

It’s important to seek medical attention if your symptoms last for more than a couple of days, and if you have been struck down by food poisoning after eating at a restaurant, it’s a good idea to contact the establishment to let them know.

Claiming compensation for food poisoning

When it comes to claiming compensation after being struck down by food poisoning, choose a personal injury lawyer you can trust. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been assisting people with claims for compensation for over 13 years, and we offer confidential, no-obligation advice.

Call us today and we’ll be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable, whether you have experienced food poisoning after eating at a local restaurant or been ill after eating takeaway at home. Our freephone helpline is open 24/7, so pick up the phone and call Accident Advice Helpline today.

Source: Live Science 

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