Disclosed restaurant inspection results on food safety show regional and local differences in Finland

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Lunden , J , Kosola , M , Kiuru , J , Kaskela , J & Inkinen , T 2021 , ' Disclosed restaurant inspection results on food safety show regional and local differences in Finland ' , Food Control , vol. 119 , 107462 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2020.107462

Title: Disclosed restaurant inspection results on food safety show regional and local differences in Finland
Author: Lunden, Janne; Kosola, Mikko; Kiuru, Juho; Kaskela, Jenni; Inkinen, Tommi
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki One Health (HOH)
University of Helsinki, Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria)
University of Helsinki, Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
University of Helsinki, University Management
Date: 2021-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: Food Control
ISSN: 0956-7135
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/322000
Abstract: The consistency of inspections is an important requirement of official food control. Inconsistency may endanger food safety and lead to mistrust in official food control. The reasons leading to inconsistency and the mitigation of inconsistency are therefore important. Here we investigated the distribution of restaurant (n = 4989) in-spection grades from 2014 in Finland to elucidate reasons for possible differences in grades. The analyses revealed both regional and local differences in the overall grades. In addition, the distribution of the own-check sections' grades between local food control units revealed a large variation, indicating inconsistent assessments of inspection findings. The inspector resources in the local food control units did not explain the discrepancies. However, we found that differences in grades are to a certain extent explained by factors related to the economic status and urbanization of the area. The effects of socioeconomic factors appear moderate, and the differences in the inspectors' evaluations of compliance remain an important issue that should be addressed on a national level through inspector training.
Subject: Restaurant inspection
Official control
Consistency
Food safety
Disclosure
VIOLATIONS
SCORES
IMPACT
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
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