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    Continuing with the gangster theme, mobster hacks are using the Internet to collect points.

    The Sacramento Bee reported a few days ago that restaurant owner Sonny Mayugba was given an offer he almost could not refuse two weeks ago.

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    An answer to the age-old Canadian problem of polite in public: you don’t have to tell that waiter to wash his hands after a number 2 in the next stall, just text it to his boss.

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    Now that anyone with an internet connection can share their opinions with a wide audience, user review websites such as TripAdvisor, Urbanspoon and Eatability are becoming the new word of mouth, and increasingly influential. But businesses are complaining about false, … Continue reading

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    Social media and sharing of information has tremendous potential to identify foodborne and other illnesses. It also has tremendous potential to drain scarce public health resources. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that while investigating an outbreak of gastrointestinal … Continue reading

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    Australian health authorities are tracking a New York City initiative that uses social media and restaurant review websites to investigate cases of food poisoning. Duh. A collaboration between the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Columbia University … Continue reading

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    Restaurant inspections have long revealed the dirtier side of food locales, including the restaurants frequented by residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. In an effort to make inspection ratings more accessible, Orange County announced Sept. 16 that it would begin … Continue reading

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    In less than a year, a Chicago Department of Public Health website launched to track Twitter traffic for foodborne illness complaints turned up 21 restaurants that failed unannounced health inspections (Harris JK et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[32]:681-685). … Continue reading

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    A new partnership between Yelp and Socrata, the Seattle-based government data technology company, promises to bring restaurant inspection information to more Yelp users around the word, by giving cities, counties and governmental agencies new ways to connect their databases to the widely used business … Continue reading

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    While cities like Guelph, Ontario, are being dragged into the age of public disclosure, countries like Singapore have been training and using restaurant patrons as gumshoes for a decade to help public health types identify possible infractions through the use … Continue reading

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    The American Statistical Association reports the growing popularity and use of social media around the world is presenting new opportunities for statisticians to glean insightful information from the infinite stream of posts, tweets and other online communications that will help improve … Continue reading

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    Doug Powell, a former professor of food safety at Kansas State University who now lives in Australia and writes for barfblog.com, regards Yelp and social media as potentially useful tools for public-health investigators. “But it doesn’t replace boots on the … Continue reading

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    Soon, diners checking out Sacramento County restaurants on Yelp will be getting a bit more information: each restaurant’s health inspection report and its green, yellow or red rating reports Cathie Anderson of The Sacremento Bee Luther Lowe, Yelp’s vice president … Continue reading

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    As a new survey shows 95% of chefs cite customers getting sick as their top concern, a computer system developed by Columbia University with Health Department epidemiologists can detect foodborne illness and outbreaks in New York City restaurants based on … Continue reading