Posted: June 7th, 2012 - 9:18pm Source: Post-Gazette It should come as a relief for parents that local school cafeteriasdo a far better job of following safe food practices thanrestaurants. It would be even better if their Allegheny CountyHealth Department inspection reports were available online so thepublic could see for themselves. The Post-Gazette's Patricia Sabatini, who has studied the issue offood safety in restaurants, found that while inspections in thatindustry routinely turn up trouble, the opposite was true amongkitchens at public and private schools, concession stands and daycare centers. Of roughly 1,000 reports she reviewed from 2011 andthe first three months of this year, 70 percent had no violationsat all. In addition to the lack of problems highlighted in the reports, herinvestigation found that 25 percent of school inspections contained"diamonds" for extra effort in at least one of 10categories such as sanitization practices and employees' knowledgeof safe cooking temperatures. |
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which inspects schoolsand restaurants in other counties, also reported that problems inschool cafeterias are a rarity. So why is it easier for schoolsthan restaurants to comply with safety reguations? The health department's Guillermo Cole said they have lessextensive menus, with many set up to reheat pre-packaged mealsrather than cook from scratch. Lunch rooms typically have loweremployee turnover than restaurants and, probably related, they havemultiple employees who have been certified in safe practices. The cafeteria reports obtained by the Post-Gazette are available atpost-gazette.com.
But parents and taxpayers who want to reviewreports for the dining halls where their children eat and theschool kitchens they fund can't do so easily. They must file formalrequests under the state's Right to Know law, then either visit thehealth department's office in Lawrenceville or pay 25 cents perpage to get copies. In a world full of computers, that's ridiculous. Restaurant reports are available on the county health department'swebsite, but the school reports must be reformatted for thecomputer system in order for them to be posted. The healthdepartment says that's a goal.
For the sake of public access, itshould be a high priority.
We are high quality suppliers, our products such as Open Frame LCD Monitor Manufacturer , China LCD KVM Drawer for oversee buyer. To know more, please visits Industrial Panel PC.
Related Articles -
Open Frame LCD Monitor Manufacturer, China LCD KVM Drawer,