Read this before you go out to eat

If you are what you eat, then you’re a veggie that has been sitting next to portapotties, handled by workers who haven’t been washing their hands, sitting in puddles of sludge, trickled on with E-Coli, and nibbled on by vermin.

Mmmmm…

Joel Grover at NBC 4 did some excellent reporting into how some downtown produce vendors are committing serious health code violations. His report resulted in Johnny Rockets, one of the chains that received and served said produce, changed vendors immediately after being contacted by NBC 4 and shown their undercover footage… other popular restaurants are probably still serving the veggies.

Video of the report is up online.

The most notable part is that after notifying the Health Dept. of the violations, Joel has video of inspectors warning the vendors to clean up their act – not because they’ll be cited, but, we hear the inspectors warn, because NBC is covering it.

Shameful.

Noted: DGarzila gives his take on the situation at the 7th Street Market.

4 Replies to “Read this before you go out to eat”

  1. Shameful, yes, but it should hardly be a newsflash that you should carefully wash these things that grow in the ground and spend most of their lives outside with vermin and pestilence.

    I think it’s kind of shameful to trash Johnny Rockets who earned an A because they adhere to proper food-handling procedures that reduce the risk of food borne illness regardless of what the produce was exposed to prior to entering the restaurant.

    I notice that they did not report on any testing of the food served at Johnny Rockets to suggest that e-coli, fecal coliform, and listeria were making it to diners’ burgers.

  2. I hardly think anyone is trashing Johnny Rockets, or that Johnny Rockets or any other restaurant didn’t clean said produce. If anything, I think it points out that Johnny Rockets was quick to change vendors once they found out how the produce was handled before it got to them.

    And, actually, the report does cite an increase in local cases of food poisoinings and residents becoming infected by E-Coli.

  3. Maybe they told the restaurants that NBC was doing a story because that would be more effective than a fine in getting them to change their behavior (clearly they don’t care about the health issues, if they’re already aware of the problems.)

    In either case, I agree, David; it’s shameful.

  4. And I do agree that both the health inspectors and the market workers/management should absolutely be held responsible for their behavior.

    I just didn’t like that they tried to drag in the restaurants nor the overall fearmongering.

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