The nation's most powerful analytics tools paired with the largest food safety inspection database.

Over 7.5 million inspection records. In one place, in one format.

Our Customers

What We Do

Founded by a diverse team of computer scientists and economists, Hazel Analytics provides a suite of web-based automated tools that gather, integrate, standardize, and enable rich reporting and data analytics capabilities for regulatory inspections.

The Problem With Regulatory Inspection Data

Across the U.S., local governments conduct regular food safety inspections for 1+ million retail outlets, including restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, food trucks, and institutional cafes.


Many departments in the U.S. make this inspection data available online. This is a step in the right direction, but it's not enough.


The problem is that the data is not available in a standardized format that is easily consumed by analytics tools.


In addition, there is a vast amount of data available to us. In our work with retail food inspections, we have gathered data for over seven million inspections from nearly one million facilities across one hundred twenty jurisdictions.

Our Solution - Hazel FSI

Recent Inspections
Facility and Inspection Detail
Brand Analytics
Competitive Benchmarking
Jurisdiction Analysis
Brand Scorecard

Research

Our team has decades of research experience related to food safety, regulatory inspections, and impacts of policy. Much of this research has been published in top academic journals around the world and output from the research has also been adopted by policy makers in the US and abroad. Below is a selection of that research.

Inspection Technology, Detection and Compliance: Evidence from Florida Restaurant Inspections

Published in RAND Journal of Economics (Winter, 2014)

Authors include: Ginger Jin, Chief Data Scientist

Many regulations mandate that government employees inspect economic entities on a regular basis. In this paper, we show that a small innovation in inspection technology can make substantial differences in inspection outcomes. For restaurant hygiene inspections, the state of Florida has introduced a handheld electronic device, the portable digital assistant (PDA), which reminds inspectors of about 1,000 potential violations that may be checked for. Using administrative data on inspections conducted from July 2003 to June 2009, we find that the adoption of PDAs led to 11% more detected violations. Subsequent inspection outcome suggests that restaurants may have increased their compliance efforts gradually. Although there could be other explanations for the inspection outcome, we find that PDA use is significantly correlated with a reduction in restaurant-related foodborne disease outbreaks.

Quality Disclosure and Certification: Theory and Practice

Published in Journal of Economic Literature (April, 2010)

Authors include: Ginger Jin, Chief Data Scientist

Summary Coming Soon.

Impact of Restaurant Hygiene Grade Cards on Foodborne Disease Hospitalizations in Los Angeles County

Published in Journal of Environmental Health (March, 2005)

Authors include: Phil Leslie and Ginger Jin

Summary Coming Soon.

Our Team

Ben Bederson

Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder

Ginger Jin

Chief Data Scientist, Co-Founder

Phillip Leslie

Strategy Advisor, Co-Founder

Alex Quinn

Technical Advisor, Co-Founder

Enming Luo

Business Development & Partnerships

Luke Gordon

Software Engineer

Richard To

Software Engineer

Victor Zellweger

Software Engineer

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Ben Bederson

Ben has 15 years of experience in developing and studying informational technologies. As a full Professor of Computer Science at UMCP and the former director of the Human Computer Interaction Lab, he co-leads the NSF-funded International Children’s Digital Library founded in 2002 (ICDL - www.childrenslibrary.org), and received the 2010 Social Impact Award for his work on ICDL and studying electronic voting machines. Ben is currently Associate Provost of Learning Initiatives at UMD, and is also co-founder and chief scientist at Zumobi, Inc., a startup mobile app publisher.

Ginger Jin

Ginger is a full Professor of Economics at UMCP and has done extensive research in information disclosure and public policy. In addition to studying food safety inspection data in California and Florida, she has examined information issues in prescription drug advertising, health insurance ratings, e-commerce and online data usage. Most of her research involves processing, combining and analyzing big datasets from different sources. She has testified for Maryland House Bill #951 in support of restaurant hygiene grade cards and served on a National Academy committee on “A study of food safety and other consequences of publishing establishment-specific data (from USDA).”

Phillip Leslie

Phil is an economist specializing in business strategy and data analytics. He is currently a tenured professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, after being a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business for 10 years. Ginger and Phillip have published several papers in leading economics journals that study various aspects of restaurant food safety inspections, including a highly cited paper showing that restaurant hygiene grade cards cause a reduction in food-related illnesses. Phillip has also completed research on calorie posting for chain restaurants in New York City and served as a consultant to the New York City health department in their own online posting of inspection data. Phillip advises startups, is a consultant for eBay and has extensive experience in custom executive education.

Enming Luo

A proud veteran, Enming served two tours in Afghanistan as a U.S. Marine Captain. While overseas, he led in partnering with NGOs and local Afghan officials to develop infrastructure in Southern Afghanistan. Enming transitioned to the technology sector after earning his MBA, working in consumer electronics before joining Hazel Analytics. At Hazel, he engages customers, develops relationships, and ensures the success of clients and partners.

Luke Gordon

Luke joined the team as a software developer in the summer of 2014. His programming interests include python, machine learning, and mobile development. He will be graduating in June 2015 from Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Computer Science.

Richard To

Bio Coming Soon.

Victor Zellweger

Victor joined the team as a software developer in the fall of 2014. His main professional interests include web development, cloud computing, and programming languages. His personal interests include music, food, science, and engineering. He will be graduating in March 2016 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Software Engineering.

Alex Quinn

Alex is an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. While completing his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, he developed the architecture that is at the core of our network of scrapers. Those innovations have allowed us to extract inspection data from over 80 health department web sites, merging a multitude of data formats into a single, searchable database. Alex continues to aid in steering the growth of the technology behind Hazel's services.