I have always wondered if there is health inspectors that come into the stadiums to check them out. Back when I used to run a deli in my college days, the inspectors would come in at the busiest times of the day. Imagine if the did that at during a game?
While the Yankees are trying to build a team that gives reasons for fans to come to Yankee Stadium next season, they might want to skip the food once they get there.According to a food safety investigation into major sporting venues across the country conducted by ESPN, based on reports in 2016 and 2017, Yankee Stadium was ranked last in MLB with a violation rate of 79.07 percent.
Of the 43 outlets inspected at Yankee Stadium, 34 contained high-level violations. The issues in The Bronx included problems with food handling, with investigators finding multiple locations where food was “adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded” properly.
There also were violations with hygiene, including a concession stand in which inspectors discovered “personal cleanliness inadequate” as an “employee’s outer garment was soiled with a possible contaminant.
In addition, according to the report, inspectors discovered hot food at improper temperatures (below 140 degrees) and “filth, flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated flies in food and/or non- food areas at a Legends Club location in 2017.”
The Yankees response:
“We treat food safety with the utmost care,” Dan Smith, president of Hospitality at Legends, food service provider at Yankee Stadium, said in a statement. “We disagree with the ESPN report, whose methodology is unexplainable.
“We work closely on regular inspections with the New York City Department of Health, whose rigorous participation is welcomed. We also complete our own independent assessments with various consultants and auditors, including food safety companies.
“If any violation is pointed out, it is addressed and corrected immediately. As a result, in 2018, all of our food stands received an A-level grade, which is the highest level in New York City.”Read more at the NY POST