Beyond that swinging door

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By Carol A. Clark

Food poisoning is agonizing. There's almost nothing worse - except paying a restaurant good money to get it. A resident says two family members suffered recent bouts of food poisoning after eating at a local restaurant on separate days.

Dirty kitchens, irresponsible food handling and contaminated food are risks people take when eating out, and, "Who knows what's going on behind that swinging door," said another resident sickened here by something he ate during lunch out with friends.

Victims don't have to take food poisoning lying down. The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) normally inspects restaurants once a year, but will respond sooner when illness and unsanitary conditions are reported by employees or members of the public.

Victims are urged to report health and safety complaints as soon as possible through the NMED website, which provides an online form. NMED says it is committed to investigating citizen reports in an efficient and timely manner.

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