Title

Critical Food Safety Violations in Florida: Relationship to Location and Chain vs. Non-Chain Restaurants

Keywords

restaurant inspection, critical violations, food safety risk factor, restaurant type, restaurant, location

Abstract

This study explores the relationship between the number of critical food safety violations and the restaurant's status as either a chain or independent foodservice provider and location. The State of Florida categorized the restaurant operations according to the type of license obtained, chain or independent. Chain restaurants are defined as multi-unit restaurants owned or operated by the same company or individual that total seven locations or more. Data for the current study was retrieved from the public records for the fiscal years 2009–2010 and 2010–2011. The study found that both the aggregate number of critical violations and risk factors and the number of individual critical violations and risk factors were significantly different among chain and non-chain restaurants in the state of Florida. Results indicate that the number of critical violations received is impacted by both the location of the restaurant and whether the restaurant is independently operated or a chain. The current study assists in explaining underlying reasons for repeated food safety violations despite Florida's required food safety training certification of restaurant managers and training of their staff; providing implications for academics and foodservice practitioners alike.

Publication Date

1-9-2014

Original Citation

Harris, K.J., DiPietro, R.B., Murphy, K.S., Rivera, G., (2014). Critical Food Safety Violations in Florida: Relationship to Location and Chain vs. Non-Chain Restaurants. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 38, 57-64.

Number of Pages

57-64

Document Type

Paper

Language

English

Source Title

International Journal of Hospitality Management

Volume

38

College

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Location

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2013.12.005

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