Foodborne illness is on the rise, and is a serious public health threat. In addition to the horror of sickening (or even killing) guests, a foodborne illness outbreak can ruin a restaurant's reputation and even destroy the business. Cocina Verify™, a third-party restaurant training and inspection program, offers a solution.

Partnering with Cocina Verify™ can help reduce the risk of foodborne incidents, and increase your customers, loyalty and profits. Foodborne illness is preventable with the proper procedures, protocols, and training, and we're here to provide you with the tools you need to offer safer dining experiences.

Cocina Verify™ sends our certified, trained food safety professionals into Latin American restaurants to:

  • Test the waterTest the water
  • Train staff about food safetyTrain staff about food safety
  • Conduct InspectionsConduct Inspections

Once the restaurant passes the tests and inspections, and completes food safety training, they're spotlighted on Cocina Verify™.

Cocina Verify Will Help Your Restaurant

Increase Trust

We provide third-party food safety verification. Only restaurants that meet stringent U.S. FDA food standards get Verified.

Gain an Advantage

Consumers trust Cocina Verify to help them find safe food to eat while traveling. Getting Verified can give you an edge in attracting consumers to your restaurant.

Boost Traffic

Cocina Verified restaurants are featured on our website where it will be seen by travelers looking for food to eat while visiting your city.

Contact Cocina Verify™ To Get Started

How to Get Verified

Restaurants that want to be showcased on Cocina Verify™ should contact Cocina Verify™ to get started. We will ask you some questions about your restaurant including your location, size, and number of employees. We'll then create a package detailing the price and timeframe for your participation in the Cocina Verify™ Program. Prices and timeframes vary, depending upon each restaurant's size, number of employees and other key factors. Typically, the process of testing your water, inspecting your restaurant, and training your staff will take anywhere from 30 to 45 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it possible to guarantee a 100% food safe dining experience?

    Nowhere in the world can a 100% food safe dining experience be guaranteed. Food safety is based upon the level of risk to the public. It is the goal of Cocina Verify™ to reduce the risk of food-borne illness to people who choose to eat at restaurants that have been listed on the Cocina Verify™ website.

  • Why do so many people get sick when traveling to countries outside of the United States, Australia, and Western Europe?

    The Centers for Disease Control states that “Poor hygiene practice in local restaurants is likely the largest contributor to the risk for Traveler’s Diarrhea...Attack rates range from 30% to 70% of travelers, depending on the destination and season of travel.” Connor, Bradley, A. Traveler’s Health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015. Web. 10 Oct. 2015.

  • Isn’t travelers diarrhea just from eating food that my body is not used to having?

    No, most cases of traveler’s diarrhea come from bacteria, such as strains of E. Coli, Campylobacter, and others. These bacteria are normally found in the digestive tracts of warm-blooded animals, including humans. Poor hygiene practices by food handlers/preparers are one of the main causes of how these bacteria gain access to people who then may contract traveler’s diarrhea.

  • How does Cocina Verify™ work?

    Restaurants that choose to participate in and pass Cocina Verify™ requirements will have the following in common: WATER QUALITY TESTS Each restaurant must pass U.S. EPA standards for microbiological contaminants FOOD SAFETY TRAINING Restaurant employees must pass an internationally recognized food safety training course. SAFETY & INSPECTIONS Restaurants must pass a minimum of two, third-party restaurant inspections per year. These inspections are performed by vetted food safety inspectors from the United States and based off of the U.S. FDA Food Code. WEBSITE VALIDATION The Cocina Verify website serves as the definitive source to validate the restaurants that are currently active and participating in the program. If the restaurant claims to be Cocina Verify listed, but is not on the website, they are not currently participating in the program.

  • Does Cocina Verify™ double-check the inspectors’ work for further validation?

    Yes, restaurants are aware that Cocina Verify™ may send a different inspector for an additional inspection at anytime during the contract period to ensure the restaurant maintains its compliance with the Cocina Verify™ program requirements.

  • Who are the inspectors?

    Cocina Verify™ has identified several third party food inspection companies that compete for the opportunity to inspect restaurants who have applied for Cocina Verify™ listing. All inspector credentials have been verified before they are allowed to participate in the inspection bidding process.

  • Do the restaurants pay Cocina Verify™ to be listed on the site?

    Cocina Verify™ is not paid by the restaurants in order to be listed on the website. Through Cocina Verify™, the restaurants pay for the inspections themselves. If they do not pass the water tes, inspections or employee trainings, they are not listed on the Cocina Verify™ website.

  • What does the FDA do?

    FDA ensures that the food we eat is safe and wholesome, that the cosmetics we use won't harm us, and that medicines, medical devices, and radiation-emitting consumer products such as microwave ovens are safe and effective. FDA also oversees feed and drugs for pets and farm animals. Authorized by Congress to enforce the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and several other public health laws, the agency monitors the manufacture, import, transport, storage, and sale of $1 trillion worth of goods annually, at a cost to taxpayers of about $3 a person. More about FDA.

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