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  • Drowning in Neglect

    KHOU-TV discovers 1300 public swimming pools in Houston were getting a free pass for not meeting safety standards. City health inspectors failed to give violations for substandard drain covers, missing life preservers and emergency phones, and even a lack of chlorine. Health experts claim the condition of many of these pools invites the spread of disease and should warrant closure of the pool.
  • Atalissa

    For three decades a dozen mentally disabled men have been living together. Their living conditions were nowhere near ideal; they lived in a run-down bunkhouse and worked full-time in a turkey processing plant. They normally made about “$65 a month”, but sometimes received as “little as 40 cents an hour”. The series revealed possible “human trafficking, abuse and neglect, and financial exploitation of the mentally disabled”.
  • Dirty Dining Investigation

    This investigation aired in three parts. The first showed how there were too few health inspectors, too few inspections, and too many incomplete inspections of restaurants in the Tampa area. The second part explored why it takes so long to shut down a restaurant despite numerous violations. The story noted how the director of a state agency that oversees inspectors had sent out a gag order to them not to talk to media, legislators or lobbyists. The third part focused on the fiscal health of the state agency and noted how the state had spent more than $16 million on a computer system to computerize inspection reports but that the system still had not been implemented.
  • Grade "A" Bribery

    KCBS-TV investigated corruption within Los Angeles County's restaurant inspection program. A year ago, L.A. County created a letter grading system for restaurants, requiring them to post the grade of their latest health inspection. KCBS-TV exposed how a restaurant can pay a bribe and automatically receive an "A" rating.
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    WJXT-TV spent several weeks following state health inspectors and found them slacking off - shipping, drinking and running a private business on taxpayer time. Even when they were working, they spent as little as 15 minutes inspecting day care centers or other businesses. A state official told WJXT-TV this had been going on for years and he had tried to put a stop to it but nothing happened. (February 1,2, 1996)
  • Dirty Restaurants

    WAGA-TV (Atlanta, Ga.) looks closely at restaurants to see how well county health inspectors are doing their job; finds that inspections are often lax and that state inspectors don't reinspect restaurants which fail as required buy law, April 26 - 30, 1993.
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    Kansas City Star showed how federal and state health inspectors allowed millions of pounds of food tainted with toxic, carcinogenic compounds during a fire in an underground warehouse to reach the public; especially looks at salvage operations and labs used by the Food and Drug Administration, Dec. 12, 1993.