Officials Orders New Rules After Capitol Cafeteria Fails Grade
HARRISBURG, Penn. – The closing and failed inspection of the cafeteria inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building has Auditor General Jack Wagner calling for additional restaurant inspections and new food safety legislation.
Wagner said in a news release that the recent failed inspection and subsequent closing of the Capitol cafeteria further highlight the need for food safety legislation in the Keystone State. Wagner also expressed deep concern that for the past four years he received false assurances that inspections were conducted of the Capitol cafeteria after he raised the issue in an audit he released in November 2005.
Other food safety headlines today:
- USA Today reported that 10 percent of airport eateries served food-borne illnesses.
- Meanwhile, food poisoning was blamed in a mistaken terrorist situation on board Northwest Airlines flight 253. According to ABC News, the man would not come out of the bathroom. After landing, officials gave an “all clear” after interviewing the Nigerian passenger and determining he was, indeed, ill.
- The Center for Science in the Public Interest noted a significant decrease in the number of food poisoning cases states are reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It found states reported 33 percent fewer fully investigated outbreaks to the CDC in 2007 than in 2002. In 2007, nearly 1,100 outbreaks were reported to CDC, but in only 378 cases identified a food and a pathogen, the mark of a complete investigation.