Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Brenda Joly


food safety, inspections, hand washing, training, Muskie School of Public Service


According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), every one in six Americans contracts a foodborne related illness, and more than half of those foodborne related illnesses are affiliated with restaurants (2013). This study focuses on the risks of foodborne related illnesses for Portland, Maine and the identification of the five most violated inspection items by local restaurants. Based on the data analysis and literature review, it is recommended that the City of Portland conduct trainings and advanced certifications around food safety protocols for local restaurants. Evidence shows that repetition of food safety education is the most successful for continued restaurant safety practices.



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