Not naming names creates problems

Public disclosure avoids a lot of issues.

Luis Nunez, owner of two Corona Mexican restaurants in Spartanburg, South Carolina, told WSPA that health types should be transparent about which restaurant is linked to the E. coli outbreak.

He says limiting the information to a "Spartanburg-area Mexican restaurant" punishes all Mexican restaurant owners in town because people will just avoid eating Mexican in general.

Adam Myrick with DHEC explained the decision not to name the restaurant, saying the agency is confidant there is no "ongoing public health threat."

"Releasing the name of the facility wouldn’t really do anything to further protect the public health," says Myrick.

But it would help consumers make future dining choices and create an additional incentive for food service to get things right.

When 11 people get sick with E. coli and two end up in hospital with HUS, word is going to get around town.

So the restaurant, El Mexicano, went and outed itself, which will earn far more consumer trust long-term than any lame explanation from a lackey health type.

Restaurants sell food. They lose money when people don’t show up; health types don’t lose their jobs, although do have to listen to political types whine about their friends who own restaurants.

Government at any level sets minimal regulations and standards. The best will always go beyond the minimal standard.