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Restaurant Inspections

Regulation to protect public welfare is a defining feature of the modern state, and food is no exception. Today, mandatory restaurant inspections are ubiquitous, yet the practice and impact of restaurant inspections are far from settled policy issues. Questions about the locus of regulation, the form and frequency of inspections, and the efficaciousness of inspections in protecting the public still engender heated debates in government, academia, and the food industry.

History and Prevalence of Restaurant Inspections

National food regulation in the United States began in 1906 with the Pure Food and Drug Act, through which the federal government regulated the content and labeling of food products. Prior to the act, food regulation occurred at the local level, if at all. Before then, members of the public ...

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