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Laguna Beach, California….The Berkeley of The OC…Eclectic, Trendy, Artsy. Go for lunch ON THE BEACH! …Just not at “The Beach House” !

Yes, you may enjoy the oceanfront view, just expect to be accompanied by vermin, unsafe and unsanitary conditions, and random closures due to the health department.

Closed and reopened just in March 2013, they continue to be plauged by bad follow-up inspections – “See Inspection Report”

Here’s the hard copy “The Beach House Inspection Report”

“Yelp’s review Page”

Beach House on Urbanspoon

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BBQ at your own risk!

Yeah, yeah…I’m supposed to be trashing restaurants.  However, This article points out that you can wind up with food poisoning from your own braut-fest.  How many times have you shown up to your friend’s barbeque late?  Beer and Margaritas are icy, but the pork ribs look like they’ve been out since the sun came up.  Think twice…Read The Entire Article Here -StarAdvertiser.com

Originally published: 8/19/2010 , I figure this will be one of our annual reprints…because I said so!

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Ok, so let me get this straight…
“The owner of a suburban Philadelphia pizza shop has been arraigned on charges he schemed to plant live mice in competing pizza parlors in hope of putting them out of business.”

Pizza Owner Planted Mice On Competitor: MyFoxPHILLY.com

Victims:
Verona Pizza on Urbanspoon Verona Pizza, Upper Darby – Urban Spoon

Uncle Nick's on UrbanspoonUncle Nick’s

Sadly, Nickolas Galiatsatos paid $10 for the mice at a pet store! If he had only gone to Find Fetid Eats! he would’ve found other pizzeria’s within 11 miles that have recent rodent infestations. He could’ve saved the $10!!!
OMG Moment!!! What if he’s the one to blame for the vermin problems at just these three places we found? What if he’s responsible for all the mice problems at all Philadelphia restaurants?!?!?! A serial mice infester!!

New Lincoln Pizzeria
277 W Mount Pleasant AVE
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Health Inspection Report of 11/14/2010

Lincoln Pizza on UrbanspoonUrban Spoon’s review of Lincoln Pizzeria

Bally’s Pizzeria
5200 N Mascher St
Philadelphia, PA 19120

Inspection Report of 11/17/2010

Bally Pizza on Urbanspoon Urban Spoon’s Review of Bally’s Pizzeria

New Hope Pizza
2821 N Broad ST
Philadelphia, PA 19132

Inspection Report as of 11/10/2010

New Hope Pizza on Urbanspoon Urban Spoon’s Reviews of New Hope Pizza

None of the three establishments involved (Nina’s Bella Pizzeria, Verona Pizza, Uncle Nick’s Pizza) were found in Pennsylvania’s Food Safety Inspection Results. I’m not certain why, perhaps its all one gigantic conspiracy theory!

These are just three examples of establishments you can find on our Find Fetid Eats! page. Alternately, you can go directly to Pennsylvania’s Food Safety Inspection Results

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On Tuesday, January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act to “improve the security and safety of our nation’s food supply.” There’s a few problems, however. The largest is, it’s unfunded. There doesn’t seem to be enough in the budget to cover the estimated $1.4 billion price tag. The second largest is that the incoming senators and congressmen are hell bent for leather to reduce governmental spending and size.

The main purpose of the law is to create a shift from the current process of the FDA reacting to food borne illness outbreaks to taking steps to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Erik Olson, director of food and consumer safety at the Pew Health Group, says that the cost of protecting Americans is worth the benefit. He points to a Georgetown University study that finds that food borne illnesses cost the country $152 billion a year in medical costs, lost productivity and other expenses. Seems a no-brainer: Reduce $152B in annual medical, productivity and other expenses by investing $1.4B.

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Additional background on the new law can be found in my blog from September 2010, Food Safety Stalls in Senate

On a side note, between September 24, 2010 and December 24, 2010, Los Angeles County (minus the cities of Long Beach, Pasadena and Vernon) had 319 restaurant facilities CLOSED for multiple critical or a singularly fetid violations.
You can click here to go to the closure report, or browse your local health inspection reports via our Find Fetid Eats! page.

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Air travel IS dangerous!

Holiday Season! Let’s go to grandma’s for Thanksgiving! Christmas ski trip to Vail, Colorado!!! Israel for Hanukkah! Jidda for Ramadan! NYC for Festivus!
Holiday air travel and foodborne illness hold zero bias against religion or tradition, and neither should you!
Please be advised. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA),

“* Items purchased after the security checkpoint have been pre-screened and can be taken on the plane.”

That’s good to know, Right? Let’s take a quick tour of 2 airport terminal food establishments;

PHL – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Enter “terminal” in “Facility Name”
Pennsylvania Food Safety Report of
22 Terminal Eating establishments “Out of Compliance” in the past 12 months, 7 with more than 10 violations!

DIA – Denver, Colorado
FLIGHT KITCHEN LSG-SKYCHEF’S
27280 E 75TH AVE
Inspection Date: 1/21/2010
Type of Inspection: Regular

2 critical and 5 non-critical violations.

Inspector Comments:
- – 7-10-2010 02c – Employees observed not handwashing when required, eg. between glove changes, between tasks, upon returning to work station, etc. employee observed using cellular telephone at hot kitchen prep table then returned to foodhandling without washing hands. hands shall be washed as necessary to prevent contamination including after using telephones. 02d – Food prep employee wearing more than a single ring. assembly area employee observed wearing green bracelet on right wrist. foodhandling employees shall wear not more than a single ring. 09b – Food is stored uncovered and/or unprotected from contamination. evaporator condensate lines run over stored ice in ice bins. 13a – Utensils and/or equipment is stored in prohibited areas. in use knives found stored in sanitizer solution. store utensils in clean dry location after wiping with sanitizer cloth of sufficient concentration, in water 135F(57C) or above, 41F(4C) or below, in running drip well. 14a – Plumbing is improperly sized/installed or does not meet the UPC. tilt kettle fill nozzle on hot line with shutoff valve connected downstream of atmospheric vacuum breaker (asse1001.) shutoff valves downstream of atmospheric vacuum breaker may damage backflow preventer. recommend installing ‘gooseneck’ type spring so nozzle hangs at least 1″/ 2.8cm above flood rim of nearest kettle if unrestrained. 14c – Floors are improperly designed or in poor repair. various floor coving seams unsealed such as in dry goods staging area under conveyor racks. 14c – Wall and/or ceiling design is of improper design or in poor repair. various wall panels in hallways peeling from wall. 14c – note: wall/ ceiling issues scheduled for repair. 14i – The restrooms/toilets are not provided with a waste receptacle. women’sbfloor restroom not provided with garbage container.

The USA Today wrote an article back in June, “Inspectors find safety flaws where airline food is prepared”

According to William Heisel of ReportingOnHealth.Org, here are 5 steps YOU can take to better ensure your package of 3 peanuts and a pretzel are indeed safe to eat:

Here are five tips for finding out whether your local airport has a food monster waiting to come out of one of those tiny airplane closets.

1. Find out who may have insight into your airport. Airports each have different management structures and criss-crossing layers of regulators. Often they are run by the county or by an airport authority. The Federal Aviation Administration has ultimate oversight over the airline traffic itself, but there are dozens of federal, state and county agencies that have their hands in some part of an airport’s business.

2. Pay attention to FDA warning letters. Before the USA Today package, media outlets had a field day with a December 2009 warning letter written to LSG Sky Chefs. LSG responded by firing its general manager and head chef at Denver International Airport.

3. Don’t assume that no warning letter means no story. USA Today went well beyond the warning letters because most FDA inspections never result in warning letters or fines. It requested “inspection reports since January 2009 for the two biggest airline caterers, LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet, and a third large caterer, Flying Food Group. Combined, the three companies have 91 kitchens preparing in-flight food for many big U.S. and foreign airlines at U.S. airports.” Why not ask for the same reports going back even further?

4. Talk with your county health department. Even if county health inspectors aren’t involved in the actual food safety on the airlines, they do receive reports of food borne illnesses at local hospitals and clinics. A Los Angeles County health worker provided key information, for example, in an investigation of an international outbreak of salmonella.

5. Tap outside experts. Inspection reports, warning letters and other documents can be so technical that the news may be hidden behind the jargon. There are experts who specialize in food safety at universities across the country, including Michigan State University’s National Food Safety & Toxicology Center.

At least the TSA advises you CAN bring some things through security;

Note: You can bring pies and cakes through the security checkpoint, but please be advised that they are subject to additional screening.
Remember! – do not wrap gifts you’re taking on the plane. Security officers may have to unwrap gifts if they need to take a closer look. Please ship wrapped gifts ahead of time or wait until your destination to wrap them.

Long story short: It may not be the fruitcake or oyster-creamed corn casserole that gets you ill this holiday season! As always, Health inspection reports for your favorite eateries, caterers, cruiselines and airport terminal restaurants can be found via the Find Fetid Eats! page, or NYC’s handy new widget!

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