Whenever a previously obscure restaurant stumbles into the media’s spotlights, somebody is sure to raise its food safety record. After his press secretary was asked to leave the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, VA, this past week, President Donald J. Trump suggested that an eatery that is dirty on the outside is likely dirty on the inside too. The Red Hen may just be a tad shop worn.

Political writers were quick to report that the Red Hen “received a clean bill of health earlier this year” and that’s true. However, food safety experts almost always warn consumers not to
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