Hospital food safety problems

Usually food – its quality and safety – are the furthest thing from your mind when you are at the hospital. Back when airlines served food (if you could call it that), hospital cafeterias ranked only slightly better in most people’s minds.

And since hospitals are supposed to focus on delivering care, perhaps it should come as no surprise that food safety inspectors found violations in many local institutions, including some that are generally associated with the best medical care.

A story in The Inquirer Friday by public health reporter Don Sapatkin reveals the problems. “Philadelphia Hospital kitchens are far more likely than food establishments as a whole to be out of compliance with food-safety regulations, averaging six violations apiece in their most recent quarterly inspections by the city health department,” Sapatkin wrote.

Philadelphia hospitals were hardly unique in this region. (And it may well be that city hospitals do more poorly on inspections than their suburban counterparts because the city does more scrutiny.) Check out this chart of violations cited at area hospitals.  And read the full story here.

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