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November 9, 2007

Safe food or overregulation?

Columbus Public Health Dept. is now posting inspection reports on their site. Since we dine out quite a bit, and go to inexpensive places, I think we'll be paying close attention to the places we go. I haven't seen these signs posted yet on restaurants but you can look them up on their website.

One interesting inspection came from Hometown Buffet on Morse (I don't like to admit this, but we actually like this place):
Violation: Food employee was touching ready-to-eat food with bare hands.

Correction: Food employees may not contact exposed, ready-to-eat food with their bare hands and shall use suitable utensils such as deli tissue, spatulas, tongs, single-use gloves, or dispensing equipment, except when washing raw fruits and vegetables to remove soil before being cut or prepped.

Comments: Observed employee touching ready to eat melons with bare hands. The melons were voluntarily discarded. Corrected.

Status: Corrected - No further action required - violation corrected at time of inspection
Food Employee? I believe nearly half of the patrons touch the food with bare hands. Too bad they don't expect the customers' behavior.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I used to work at a Kroger's salad bar in Cincinnati. People would constantly walk by and stick their hands in so they could eat food off the salad bar without paying for it. And these were adults doing it, too, not kids.