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

    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.
  • Grocery Chains sit out Detroit's Rebirth

    Detroit is virtually without chain grocers that promise consistent quality, and stores in the city have food safety violations at about twice the statewide rate for problems such as selling rotten meat and expired infant formula, a Free Press examination found.From 2003 to 2006, just 25 percent of the city's grocery stores were free of critical violations, defined as those that directly contribute to food contamination or illness.
  • Dirty Dining III

    Dateline examined health inspection reports for 1,000 restaurants from the top ten family chains. They found that every chain but one averaged one critical violation, or a violation that can make a customer sick, per inspection. The best chain was Denny's with 296 critical violations in 100 sampled restaurants, and the worst was Waffle House with 594 critical violations in the 100 sampled restaurants.
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    Arizona Republic runs a six-part series examining food contamination; uses government reports and expert sources to show inadequate government testing and misleading reports of minimal dangers, Jan. 29 - Feb. 3, 1989.
  • Ruling the Roost

    Southern Exposure looks at problems in the poultry industry, the largest agribusiness in the South; finds conditions that cripple workers and poison consumers. They examined every step of the processing.
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    San Francisco Bay Guardian finds that despite the "Save The Bay" movement, San Francisco Bay is dying; problems include seafood contamination from toxic chemicals, pollution caused by development, and undrinkable water, Jan. 22-29, 1986.