Sure, you use Yelp to find great restaurants around the neighborhood, but what about sources of food poisoning?
Turns out Yelp is a great source for that, too.
Yelp teamed up with Columbia University for a nine-month study that analyzed public reviews that showed signs of illness.
Here's what the study found:
From around 294,000 reviews, 893 were automatically flagged, and manual review found that 56 percent of them were actually about potential food poisoning. The department attempted to contact 129 reviewers, whose comments sounded consistent with a disease outbreak, but only heard back from 27 of them. From those, they ended up finding three restaurants with multiple violations.
It's a relatively small number that have gotten sick, however that number can be even smaller. Therefore, Yelp will continue to monitor the situation to try and find a solution.
Stay tuned to my Happening Now blog for all the latest.