Food Plight: Cafeteria Inspections Reveal Critical Health Violations at New York City Schools

Number 28009
Subject Food
Source CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
State New York
Year 2018
Publication Date
Summary Our reporters scoured reams of health inspection records and discovered that nearly half of New York City public school cafeterias were hit with at least one critical violation in 2017. A closer look found that the four dozen schools with the worst inspections records largely serve some of the city’s poorest students. The most sickening cases include schools where 600 rodent droppings and 1,500 flies were found in food preparation and consumption areas – conditions that are breeding grounds for potentially dangerous food-borne illnesses. Our team of students conceived of the story and used the data, obtained from the New York City Health Department under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, to create a filterable interactive graphic that parents can use to uncover details of violations found at their child’s school.
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Keywords cafeterias, New York public schools, health inspection, food poisoning, food contamination, New York City Health Department
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