Atlanta — Could your kitchen at home pass a restaurant inspection?
New researcher suggests that at least one in seven home kitchens would flunk the kind of health inspection commonly administered to restaurants.
The small study from California’s Los Angeles County found that only 61 percent of home kitchens would get an A or B if put through the rigors of a restaurant inspection. At least 14 percent would fail — not even getting a C.
“I would say if they got below a C, I’m not sure I would like them to invite me to dinner,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
In comparison, nearly all Los Angeles County restaurants — 98 percent — get A or B scores each year.
The study, released Thursday, is believed to be one of the first to offer a sizable assessment of food safety in private homes. But the researchers admit the way it was done is hardly perfect. The results are based not on actual inspections, but on an Internet quiz taken by about 13,000 adults .
An estimated 87 million cases of food-borne illness occur in the United States each year, including 371,000 hospitalizations and 5,700 deaths, according to an Associated Press calculation that uses a CDC formula and recent population estimates.
The study is being published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.