Somehow I agreed to make the perilous journey from Venice Beach to Anaheim for this afternoon’s MLB All-Star Game. (5:40pm first pitch!)
Last time our brothers and sisters south of the Orange Curtain attracted such attention was 2007, when we noted the results of a then-recent Orange County Food Safety Dept. inspection of Anaheim’s MLB ballpark:
Angels Stadium was cited for “118 vermin violations that county officials logged at stadium kiosks and restaurants over the last 2½ years.
“Of those reports, 33 represent ‘major’ violations, in which ‘rodent activity’ was observed by health inspectors in a ‘critical area’ of 18 stadium food venues.“
That was three years ago.
Two weeks ago, the same inspectors revisited Angels Stadium.
Based on what they found, I don’t think I’ll be patronizing the Bo Belinsky-branded sauerkrat bar* tonight.
From Dan Flynn of FOOD SAFETY NEWS:
Violations: Angel Stadium came in for some bad publicity three years when it encountered a “vermin infestation.” Therefore it is not surprising that Orange County’s food inspectors are on the lookout for vermin–and they found some just last Tuesday (June 29) in a couple of View Level (428 and 429V) concession areas.
But those critters were taken out, and the over all inspection record for the 45-year-old Angel Stadium is not really that bad.
Since the beginning of the 2010 baseball season, Orange County’s food inspectors have gone to bat at the stadium on multiple inspection and re-inspection dates. Under California’s inspection system, it had found many blue violations.
In reviewing this year’s inspections, Food Safety News found about a dozen red or critical violations. Those included equipment failures (failure to keep hot food hot or cold food cold); Improper sanitization, cross-contamination, no hot water or no water, period, and adulterated food (including some that had to be destroyed.)
“Those critters were taken out”?
Anacrime Protip: If you have to buy a ballpark brat, no to go orders.
* I made that up, though I do know the Angels have recently been test marketing Bo Belinsky-branded boiled peanuts at recent home games.