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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.
  • Champaign Pest Inspection

    The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District conducts about 1,300 inspections of restaurants and other food-service facilities next year. But, unlike many other health departments in the area and across the U.S., the district does nothing to publicize the results of these inspections.
  • ESPN Outside the Lines:What's Lurking in Your Stadium Food

    Health department inspection reports for food and beverage outlets at stadiums and arenas home to Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League, and National Baseball Association teams showed that more than half of them had been cited for a "critical" or "major" health inspection.
  • 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.
  • What's in your burger?

    This story revealed how a number of restaurants aren’t following health code guidelines. These violations include not using gloves, not cooking at correct temperatures, no mouth guards at buffets, no sanitizer in rag buckets, dirty restrooms, no dates on food in the refrigerator, and storing food where it is subject to contamination.
  • Chicken Wings

    WCAU-TV "exposed an illegal, unlicensed and unsanitary chicken wing processing business in Philadelphia rowhome garage." Using hidden cameras they found which restaurants were serving the chicken wings and confronted them. They also found that these restaurants also had poor health inspection reports. As a result of the investigation the chicken wing processing business was closed.
  • Recipe for Trouble

    This investigation brings to light the flaws in Pennsylvania's health inspection agencies. The reporters found major inconsistencies with how inspectors rated restaurants, determined that some restaurants had not been inspected in years, and found that the lax rules sometimes lead to repeat violations. The investigation includes a sidebar on food-borne illnesses, and a story on the effort it took to acquire and organize the data.
  • 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.
  • Keeping an Eye on the Kitchens

    Hayward examined health inspections for restaurants and grocers in Manchester, NH. He reported not only the scores of the restaurants, but also what inspectors look for and which violations are the most troublesome. He profiled an inspector, a restaurant that scores well on inspections, and one that does poorly.
  • 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.