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Auditor says restaurant inspector issues don’t put public at risk

Austin, TX, inspectors admit to napping, going to gym, shopping during their working hours

A new 17-page investigative report by the city auditor “did not find sufficient evidence” to support the allegation of improper inspections of Austin restaurants or that health officers’ misuse of time has put the public at risk. The report did document that the capitol city of Texas wasted money because of “grossly inefficient practices and procedures” inside… Continue Reading

Chicago IG says 20 more public health inspectors in the works

Inspector General found less than half of restaurants were inspected as often as state law requires

Although Chicago’s health department has plans to add less than half the number of the restaurant inspectors the city’s Inspector General Joe Ferguson recommended, he says it should be enough to perform the minimum number of inspections required by state law. In a follow-up report issued Wednesday, Ferguson said the Chicago Department of Public Health… Continue Reading

Doughnut shop norovirus outbreak victim count nears 250

With the number of victims nearing 250, public health officials in the Toledo area say they expect more illnesses to be reported in a norovirus outbreak linked to a suburban doughnut shop. Health Commissioner Eric Zgodinski, of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Health Department, met briefly with media Thursday, saying Mama C’s Donuts & Coffee in… Continue Reading

Ohio doughnut shop linked to norovirus outbreak; 200-plus ill

A doughnut shop in suburban Toledo, OH, remained closed Thursday as county health inspectors continued an investigation into a norovirus outbreak that has sickened more than 200 people. Mama C’s Donuts & Coffee on Conant Street in the Toledo suburb of Maumee, OH, voluntarily closed on Tuesday after public health officials informed the owners of… Continue Reading

Stamford officials ask public to help on outbreak investigation

Local and state officials are investigating a possible foodborne illness outbreak after several people who ate at Layla’s Falafel in Stamford, CT, this past Wednesday reported becoming sick. Neither the Stamford Health Department nor the Connecticut Department of Health had posted information about the situation as of 11 p.m. EDT Tuesday, but officials from both… Continue Reading

Officials confirm investigation at On the Border restaurant

Patrons of an On the Border restaurant in Georgia developed Salmonella infections after eating there during Mother’s Day weekend, but county officials did not alert the public about the situation and will not reveal how many people got sick or whether a contamination source was determined. The Cobb & Douglas (Counties) Public Health Department investigated,… Continue Reading

Kansas launches food safety website for public complaints

Health and agriculture officials in Kansas have partnered to launch a new food safety website for the state in an effort to reduce anonymous complaints and better identify and investigate foodborne outbreaks. The website — www.foodsafetykansas.org — has links for the public to file complaints with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Trump orders his burgers well done

What will the president's views be on food safety for the rest of us?

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Bloomberg posted a piece on “How Donald Trump Orders (and Tips) at His Favorite Restaurant” about the 21 Club, which is just a few blocks from Trump Tower in Manhattan. According to the report: The president’s standard order is a “21” Burger ($36), which he likes cooked well-done and topped with American cheese. On the… Continue Reading

Mar-A-Lago’s restaurants pass annual food safety inspections

Both areas of the Mar-A-Lago Club and the smaller 30-seat Beach Club at Mar-A-Lago passed their annual inspections by the State of Florida’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants, but like most, they fell a little short of perfection. Problems were mostly fixed on the spot. Mar-a-Lago is the Winter White House and National Historic Landmark… Continue Reading

Governor lets bill banning restaurant letter grades become law

The popular use of letter grades for restaurant inspections — used from New York City to Southern California — will be banned in Colorado under a bill that becomes law on Aug. 10. Gov. John W. Hickenlooper allowed the controversial HB 16-1401 to become law without his signature, but instead wrote to the General Assembly… Continue Reading