How Cocina Verify Works
Food safety is a serious issue. Many people choose not to travel to other countries because of serious threats posed by foodborne illness and unsafe water. Foodborne illness often results in diarrhea and/or vomiting, though some people experience more severe health problems that require hospitalization. Sadly, some will even die from foodborne illness.
In the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and Australia, governments have implemented regulatory policies and enforcement programs to greatly reduce the risk of foodborne illness to the public. In many other places, including Latin America, their regulations are not yet held to the stringent U.S. standards, resulting in higher incidents of foodborne illness outbreaks.
Cocina Verify™, a third-party restaurant training and inspection program, was created to provide tourists and business travelers with information about restaurants outside the US that are concerned about food safety and have voluntarily chosen to have their water tested, employees trained, and restaurants inspected, guided by the US FDA Food Code and California Food Code in concert with local regulations.
Once overseas restaurants have passed tests and inspections, and their staff has been trained in food safety, they are showcased on Cocina Verify™. This allows consumers to make informed decisions about which restaurants to visit and which to avoid.
Cocina Verify™ differs from travel and restaurant review sites. Instead of featuring peer reviews, the trainings, inspections and verifications come solely from Cocina Verify's team of experienced, certified food safety professionals.
"Food safety isn't about perfection - it's about risk reduction. Cocina Verify's mission is to increase consumers' trust and confidence in their dining experiences abroad. We help travelers make more educated decisions about where to dine based on which restaurants have passed stringent food safety trainings and inspections."
- Allan Daly, CEO and Founder, Cocina Verify™