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Restaurants Exposed: Health department cites Brighton concession stand

August 04, 2017 08:13 PM

Rochester-area children return to school in just a matter of weeks. When you attend a high school football or lacrosse game, you have to have a hot dog or nachos right? Did you know those concession stands are also inspected by the health department? One school's concession stand was among the food establishments cited in the most recent batch of inspections reports the Monroe County Health Department released.

While the Brighton Barons were scoring goals on the field, concessions were sold to fans in the stands. And in late May, health inspectors paid a visit to the concession workers at Brighton High School. Inspectors cited the concession stand with three critical violations - two for food that wasn't cold enough and another for failing to wash their hands after going to the bathroom, coughing, or sneezing.

Brighton Schools Spokesperson Daniel Goldman told News10NBC, "The Brighton Central School District's Food Service Department is a separate entity from the concession stand at Brighton High School. The District is working closely with parent groups and outside vendors to ensure that the concession stand complies with all food safety rules and regulations."

At New Kingdom Chinese Restaurant in Irondequoit, inspectors found three critical violations all involving food temperature. One of the owners told me the problems were easily corrected on the spot.

Inspectors found food temperature was also an issue at the Red Lobster on Jefferson Road in Henrietta, citing it with three critical violations, two of which concerned food that wasn't cold enough. Red Lobster Corporate Spokesperson Nicole Bott told News10 NBC, "In this particular instance we did correct all three issues immediately while the inspector was on site, and when the inspector revisited our restaurant two weeks, later we had no violations."

A viewer called us this week with some great questions about inspections. News10NBC reached out to the Monroe County Health Department for answers.

The viewer asked, “How often does the health department inspect restaurants?”
Answer: Restaurants with a full menu are inspected once or twice a year with re-inspections when necessary.  The inspections are unannounced.

The viewer also asked, “How many health department employees are available in Monroe County?"

Answer: Viewers may remember in January, News10NBC revealed that the Monroe County Department of Health fell far short of the federal guidelines for the number of inspectors. The Department has since hired seven staff members who will inspect restaurants when fully trained. Those new hires are in addition to five full-time inspectors, one part-time, and one supervisor who also is available to do restaurant inspections.

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Here's Deanna's Do List:

1. Check the restaurants inspection record.

2. If you see a problem, report it.

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