Writers for ESPN reviewed the Public Health Department inspections of 107 major league stadiums within the United States. Their review underscores the deplorable state of filthiness that puts sports enthusiasts at risk for food borne illness.
- In 8 of the stadiums over 75% of the vendors had major “league” violations including mice droppings on the floors, insects blended into frozen drinks, outdated food, dirty counters, poorly cooked food or food not held at the right temperature.
- In 22 of the stadiums over 50% of the vendors had critical violations including some of the above and soiled ice bins, handling raw foods then ready to eat foods without using gloves or washing hands, raw meat stored above bread products, live cockroaches and fruit flies, poisonous materials stored above foods or employee half eaten food stored with other foods.
- In 23 of the stadiums over 25% of the vendors had critical violations including some of the above and no sneeze guards on buffet lines, no hand washing sinks for employees, expired milk, hot dogs and cheese, mold in ice machines or inadequate cleaning of meat slicer.
- Most of the stadiums had some violations including the above and no chlorine sanitizer in dishwashing machine, putting utensils away without cleaning them, toxic chemical in unlabeled spray bottle and handling lemons and limes without gloves.
- Only 11 stadiums were without critical violations. You might want to look at that report to find out where you can eat safely
My hat is off to Paula Lavigne, the ESPN reporter who compiled the report.
Clearly there is a tremendous need for food safety education for stadium food handlers.
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