The most dangerous U.S. states for eating out?
Posted: March 16th, 2008 - 7:06pm by Doug PowellHealthInspections.com has, based on data from the U.S. Centers For Disease Control, determined that restaurants in Florida, California, Minnesota, Ohio, and New York were responsible for the most number of outbreaks in 2006.
1. Florida 74 outbreaks
2. California 69 outbreaks
3. Minnesota 55 outbreaks
4. Ohio 54 outbreaks
5. New York 50 outbreaks
Across the country, restaurants were responsible for at least 605 outbreaks of food poisoning in 2006, compared to 532 outbreaks in 2005.
I'm not sure what the numbers actually mean. Fodborne illness is notoriously underreported, and some state and local health departments are better than others in following up and tracking down where and how people get sick.
Further, the numbers are simply counts, and do not account for the number of restaurants in a state, or even better, the number of meals consumed at a restaurant in a state in a year. What about food service? Are those meals included or not?
Fun with lists.