The Perils of Dinning

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I wrote this essay about the dirty dinning that we face all the time. It is rather good.

Submitted: March 03, 2008

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Submitted: March 03, 2008




The Perils of Dining



Today, fast food and dining is a part of our public lives. We live in such a fast paced society, that calls for a fast means of eating. Some dining places are clean, and have a good atmosphere, and others don’t. There are dining facilities that are filthy, and many people get sick eating at these places. That is why I am going to talk about the perils of today’s dining. It is very important that these places are safe and held to a high standard of proper food handling and cleanliness. The regulation and enforcement of these standards definitely needs improvement.

It is very important that a dining place is kept clean, and that food is handled properly. Almost everyone eats out once in a while. My concern is, the dirty atmosphere of many of our eateries that go unnoticed. We are extremely susceptible to getting sick, like so many people do. I eat out a lot, and I worry about what kind of bacteria could be lurking in my food. The standards are in place, however the inspecting and enforcement needs to happen more often.

The danger of dining in some establishments, is similar to the filthy Chicago meat packing practices that took place during the Progressive Era. People were getting sick from their meat products, due to unsanitary conditions, and foul practices. Today, even though the Meat Inspection Act, and Pure Food and Drug Act are enforced, we still have a large number of dining facility’s that are very unclean, and are still getting people sick.

Since inspections are already taking place, and standards are set pretty high, what can be done to ensure the public safety when eating out? Dining facilities should be inspected quarterly and a grade should be posted on the door, so that public has the knowledge to decide if they want to patronize that eatery. However, the facilities should have the chance to correct their infractions in a timely manner. If a place does not comply, they should be shut down effective immediately. People learning of a restaurants failure to meet code would influence other diner owners, and their employees to take better care of their restaurants, so they don't get bad publicity, and lose their once faithful customers. They already have inspections, but the inspections need to be carried out more often. They can possibly save someone from getting sick, by discovering the poor practices sooner, and have them corrected. They need to crack down on the facilities that don't comply with the standards, and educate the public of their grades, both passing, and failing. Dirty restaurants should not be rewarded with your attendance. It could cost you, not only from your wallet, but you may get E. Coli, hepatitis, or salmonella poisoning promptly, as they slip in practices.

These dirty restaurants need to be discovered and acted upon. There needs to be more regular inspections, and they need to be exploited if they score poorly. During the Progressive Era, the Chicago Meat Packing facility was unsanitary, and their practices were foul, people were getting very sick The Meat Inspection Act, and the Pure Food and Drug Act was passed in the year 1906 to help end these foul practices. These two acts made it mandatory that places where food was handled and served to the public, needed to be inspected. That has prompted many improvements, but we can do more to better ensure our safety when dining out.. The meat companies, and other food producers had to keep a clean environment. That is still enforced today. When people didn’t know how they were going to stop this unsanitary process of cutting, packing, and processing meat, the inspections acts where passed. Today we must continue to inspect, but they need to cover facility’s more often, and regularly keep up on their progress.

In conclusion, to improve our dining experience, restaurants need to be regularly inspected, and closely monitored to ensure that their practices are kept clean. If a failing grade is issued, it should become known to all local public. When the public is informed about the failing grade of a diner, most people won't go to eat there anymore. This will increase the competition of keeping a cleaner facility. Other restaurants will need to step up their cleaning habits, to compete. If they can keep up a clean restaurant in the long run we will have restaurants that are more clean, and enjoyable. We will be able to rely more upon our eateries for a safe, and delicious meal.

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