In a report by ESPN of over 100 stadiums in the United States, all but 11 had a stain on their records with critical violations that put the public at risk of food poisoning after eating at a sporting event.
Some of the violations are critical and can cause significant illness.
- Storing toxic chemicals or uncooked meats stored above foods.
- Handling ready to eat foods without gloves.
- Cooking foods to inadequate temperatures.
- Storing foods at inadequate temperatures.
- Lacking attention to contaminants in foods.
- Dirty ice machines.
- Dirty counter tops.
Why is there such lack of attention to food safety? Is it apathy? Is it lack of supervision? Is it lack of routine enforcement? Is it lack of education?
Whatever the cause, be careful when eating at a stadium. Demand excellence.
Throw away anything that seems risky. And encourage anyone you know who works at a stadium to get food safety certification, even if it isn’t required.
DiningGrades.com offers inexpensive, convenient online food safety courses. The course has a quiz and satisfactory completion leads to certification.