Restaurant Insurance: Foodborne Illness Outbreak Study
Some 76 million people get sick from foodborne illnesses each year out of the 70 billion meals our 935,000 restaurants will serve. While foodborne illnesses have declined by 40 percent, from an insurance standpoint, it still remains a tremendous risk for restaurants that needs to be proactively monitored.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conducted a study on contributing factors to foodborne illness. The CDC conducted environmental assessments as part of 154 foodborne illness outbreak investigations, looking for characteristics, policies and practices that caused or contributed to foodborne illness outbreaks.
Of the outbreaks, the majority of the foodservice establishments were complex, meaning a complex food handling process was utilized for one or more foods served in the restaurant. For sanitary regulations, floor cleaning polices existed in 95% of establishments, but only 37% of these policies were written. Even fewer food service establishments had cleaning policies of food contact surfaces, cutting boards and food slicers. Finally, 96% of establishments had hand sinks available in employee restrooms and work areas, however hands-free operated sinks were incredibly rare (3-4%).
Studies such as these can help restaurant owners develop food safety programs that focusing on preventing foodborne illness outbreaks. At the Rubin Group, we’ve helped restaurants, bars, taverns, pubs and nightclubs all over the U.S. obtain the vital insurance protection they need. We know what you’re up against as a business owner and know the risk you face in the food service industry. Our Bar and Restaurant insurance program is dedicated the protecting your establishment against the unique exposures of the restaurant industry. Contact us today for more information. (877) 806-7239