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Food Inspection: What to Look Out For at Fairs, Festivals
VANDALIA-- Before you grab some tasty festival or fair food from your favorite event this summer, the Montgomery County Health Inspector has some tips about what to look out for in the kitchens of your favorite vendor.
"First of all is hand washing," said Inspector Chris Doggett, "It's very simple but very important, it's one of the best ways to prevent a food borne illness."
Doggett spent Tuesday afternoon inspecting vendors at Vandalia's "Taste at the Crossroads" event. Max & Erma's, Boston's Bistro & Pub, and Warehouse 4 Coffee allowed our cameras behind the scenes in their booths, and they all had hand washing stations adequate to the inspectors codes.
"Food temperatures are very important also," Doggett said, "We're looking for certain temperatures on hot foods and certain temperatures on cold foods."
Of the three inspections our cameras observed, Boston's Bistro & Pub was the only vendor not up to code. A Sausage they had planned to serve measured 46 degrees Fahrenheit internal temperature. Inspectors require it to be chilled to 41 degrees.
Doggett mandated that the Pub rapidly cool down their product by quickly adding more ice to their coolers. They were still granted a temporary license to operate, and were able to serve the products they brought to the event because the inspector took the hot weather into account.
"It's hot out today so we're gunna make sure everybody has plenty of ice to keep cold foods cold," Doggett said.
"As long as we take care of the temperature with the elements that are out here its all good," said Boston's owner David Boston.
Doggett also recommended watching how vendors clean and store their serving utensils.
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