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Yelp Reviews Help Track Food Poisoning

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Yelp Reviews Help Track Food Poisoning

If you've ever experienced restaurant food poisoning, you may have left a nasty review on Yelp. Now, New York health officials are using those same complaints to track down foodborne illness outbreaks in the city. Using a software program that can rapidly sift through reviews in search of terms like “sick,” “vomit,” and “diarrhea,” they've been able to find at least three outbreaks so far, The New York Times reports. Investigations at the restaurants where groups of people got sick revealed health violations such as live roaches, evidence of mice, and improperly sanitized surfaces.

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