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Pennsylvania improves job it's doing on restaurant inspections

There are 10 comments on the The Morning Call story from Mar 24, 2008, titled Pennsylvania improves job it's doing on restaurant inspections. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

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#2 Mar 24, 2008
Drdrey8579 wrote:
"inspection operation has been modernized and restaurant inspection reports have been made available to the public on an Internet Web site"
Does anybody know the name of this web site????
Drdrey8579 wrote:
"inspection operation has been modernized and restaurant inspection reports have been made available to the public on an Internet Web site"
Does anybody know the name of this web site????
They don't say in the article? Par for the course...do a Google Search on "PA Restaurant Inspections", take your pick.
candy

Reading, PA

#3 Mar 24, 2008
I have worked in a few restaurants and these so called inspections are a joke.You see some inspectors will pass restaurants that are so bad and others they pick on for the slightest thing. We had one female inspector who didnt inspect this Mexican place for almost 3 years and it is a pig stye and, then she passed it.
server

Bethlehem, PA

#4 Mar 24, 2008
I am a server in a restaurant in the Lehigh Valley. These days restaurant owners put their time and energy into controlling food costs and labor hours. They are even cutting the professional cleaners that clean the restaurant during the night. What that means is that staff (servers, cooks, etc..) are the ones who clean the restaurant and are responsible for safe food handling. Guess what...do you think that staff who are underpaid and don't get raises care a whole lot about food safety? They do what's necessary for their job and that's it! Restaurant staff do NOT get safe handling training. It's a good effort to have MORE inspections...but truthfully...don't expect staff who get paid $2.83 an hour to put their whole heart into health safety issues.
Owners/Managers don't put enough staff on the floor to be able to manage the health safety issues. The current inspection system does not work.
Too Bad

Schnecksville, PA

#5 Mar 24, 2008
server wrote:
I am a server in a restaurant in the Lehigh Valley. These days restaurant owners put their time and energy into controlling food costs and labor hours. They are even cutting the professional cleaners that clean the restaurant during the night. What that means is that staff (servers, cooks, etc..) are the ones who clean the restaurant and are responsible for safe food handling. Guess what...do you think that staff who are underpaid and don't get raises care a whole lot about food safety? They do what's necessary for their job and that's it! Restaurant staff do NOT get safe handling training. It's a good effort to have MORE inspections...but truthfully...don't expect staff who get paid $2.83 an hour to put their whole heart into health safety issues.
Owners/Managers don't put enough staff on the floor to be able to manage the health safety issues. The current inspection system does not work.
It is your responsibility under the law to follow sanitation procedures.. It is further dishonest to tell people you are only making $2.83 per hour. That is a tipped wage (50% of minimum). Your real wages are based on your performance as a customer service person. from the sounds of your tone, you probalbly do not make much in tips.
mable mable

Northumberland, PA

#6 Mar 24, 2008
Drdrey8579 wrote:
"inspection operation has been modernized and restaurant inspection reports have been made available to the public on an Internet Web site"
Does anybody know the name of this web site????
http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/agricultur...
Dennis

Pitman, PA

#7 Mar 24, 2008
The Health Dept. calls in advance and lets the owner know when they are coming. Its Dep who tells you when the water is bad to sign off on non-comminity and poison your customers only to take care of Agriculture. Thats what happened here in Schuylkill County and its no wonder kill is in the countys name. Dep is a discrase to Pennsylvania and are legislators belong in jail also. We lost our Restaurant Liquor in which I forced Dep to close me down to protect the consumer and refused to sign off of non-community water supply and now we are left to buy water for drinking and cooking since 1999. When you go to a resaurant ask him if he has nitrates in his water or if they signed off so the farmers can pollute the groundwater, streams, rivers, lakes and oceans and kill babies and spread cancer to the parents. Welcome to Pennsylvania [Where its not a Wanderfull Place to Live and Work ]
server

Bethlehem, PA

#8 Mar 24, 2008
Too Bad wrote:
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It is your responsibility under the law to follow sanitation procedures.. It is further dishonest to tell people you are only making $2.83 per hour. That is a tipped wage (50% of minimum). Your real wages are based on your performance as a customer service person. from the sounds of your tone, you probalbly do not make much in tips.
Restaurant staff can only follow sanitation procedures IF they are taught those procedures.(Of course, common sense plays in there also.) There also should be enough management on the floor to ensure procedures are followed. But that would be "labor cost". I have no "tone"....as a server I do my job very well. Any manager will tell you that the guests are happy with my service. By posting on this board I just wanted to point out that the restaurant inspections need alot of improvement. Inspections say one thing....real life says another!!!
Just Wondering

Stroudsburg, PA

#9 Mar 24, 2008
A few years back I worked in a small cafe that was inside a local business. When the inspectors came in they said that a few of our food products had to be hotter temperatures. What I don't understand, is that none of the fast food restaurants serve food that is even lukewarm. How do they get away with this? Do inspectors ever go to fast food places?
Too Bad

Schnecksville, PA

#10 Mar 25, 2008
Just Wondering wrote:
A few years back I worked in a small cafe that was inside a local business. When the inspectors came in they said that a few of our food products had to be hotter temperatures. What I don't understand, is that none of the fast food restaurants serve food that is even lukewarm. How do they get away with this? Do inspectors ever go to fast food places?
Watch the movie "supersize me", and you will find that it is really not food. There is a whole section in the "outtakes" that is absolutely amazing!!
Too Bad

Schnecksville, PA

#11 Mar 25, 2008
server wrote:
<quoted text>Restaurant staff can only follow sanitation procedures IF they are taught those procedures.(Of course, common sense plays in there also.) There also should be enough management on the floor to ensure procedures are followed. But that would be "labor cost". I have no "tone"....as a server I do my job very well. Any manager will tell you that the guests are happy with my service. By posting on this board I just wanted to point out that the restaurant inspections need alot of improvement. Inspections say one thing....real life says another!!!
I apologize. I know as an employee of hospitality that you work hard. Payroll is the first thing to get cut, you are right. Training in sanitation is the best thing you can do for your restaurant.

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