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Disclosure of Restaurant Hygiene Information and Food Poisoning: Focused to Restaurant Hygiene Grading in Seoul

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2019, 30(1), pp.255-276
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration
  • Received : April 9, 2019
  • Accepted : May 20, 2019

LEE, JAEWAN 1 BAEK DAE HYUN 2

1호서대학교
2서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to analyze the effect of the implementation of the hygiene grading of restaurants on the occurrence of food poisoning. In other words, the Seoul Metropolitan Government disclosed the results of the hygiene grade assessment for general restaurants, and as a result, I analyzed empirically how it affects the occurrence of food poisoning, which indicates food safety in restaurants. To this end, I collected data from 16 local governments in Korea on a yearly basis from 2002 to 2012 and analyzed it as a panel negative binomial model. According to the analysis, the hygiene grading of restaurants has a statistically significant negative effect on the occurrence of food poisoning. From these results, the policy that evaluates the hygiene grade of restaurants and attaches its rating to the entrance of the restaurant shows that it has the hygiene control of the restaurant and, ultimately, reduced the incidence of food poisoning. This means that information disclosure improves the quality of food hygiene provided by restaurants and reduces the social risk of food poisoning. On the other hand, the results will provide empirical evidence to justify the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety's policy to spread the restaurant hygiene grading system across the country.

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