Most Horrifying Moments in Local Food Safety, 2012 Retrospective
|39/365 Tired (Photo credit: Mykl Roventine)|
What do duct tape, tires, and lunch have in common? Too much in 2012!
Sometimes, safety violations can be so concerning, so overwhelmingly bad that words fail to describe them. In that case, we usually turn to photo laden galleries such as the "Home Inspection Nightmares" series. Lucky for us, the dedicated crew at the Pequannock Township Health Department (serving Pequannock, Bloomingdale, Florham Park, Kinnelon, and Riverdale) has had no trouble putting into words some of the truly disgusting things they've found in the places that you and I may have eaten in 2012.
Actual Quotes from Pequannock Health Inspectors:
(see if you can guess where they're talking about before you click the link for the report)
- "Mollusk or crustacean shells being reused as serving containers. In the walk-in boxes there were several bus buckets holding empty shellfish shells...This is a repeat violation."
- "Remove the tire stored in the kitchen."
- "Containers used for poisons prohibited for food. Home depot buckets are made from recycled plastics and must not be used to store food."
- "One pound of butter fell to floor and not discarded."
- There was nothing really horrifying in Kinnelon.
- "Food related items can not be used as a seat."
- "The freezer in the basement is broken. The door is falling apart and pieces have the potential for falling into the food. This unit must be replaced or properly repaired (duct tape is not acceptable for repairing unit). "
- "Proper separation of raw meats & raw eggs from ready-to-eat foods provided - salad stored below raw meat"
If the restaurant you're looking for isn't listed, you always have the right to request the safety report on the premises.
Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock Historic District and Open Space Commissions. As an expert on local flooding he is also the author of "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region. Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children. Christopher Lotito Profile