Dr Oz: Restaurant Secrets
Dr. Oz said he got a chance to go undercover to find out how your food is really handled at different restaurants. To get an idea of a day in the life of a health inspector, Dr. Oz followed Peter DeLucia to a restaurant inspection. Dr. Oz and Peter were looking for red or critical violations. Peter showed Dr. Oz the list of all of the things they looked for that had everything on it from food temperature to raw sewage.
They didn’t find any raw sewage, but they did find temperatures that weren’t quite right. Hot food must be kept at 140 degrees or above and cold foods must be kept at 45 degrees or below. Peter tested mayonnaise that was on a food prep bar to see if it was 45 degrees or below and found that it was 48 degrees, which he said was a “critical health hazard.”
Dr Oz: Restaurant Health Hazards
Peter then pulled out a bucket of liquid eggs and said it was a huge violation because you’re not allowed to pool eggs for future use. It puts the consumer at risk for salmonella. They had to dump the bucket of eggs.
Dr. Oz explained that most restaurants get hit with non critical or blue violations, but three or more critical violations and they’re sent to court. Peter said public health is what they’re most concerned about. Peter then pulled out a strainer that was hanging in the kitchen and showed that it had sharp jagged edges that he said could break off and get into people’s food, so he had to ask the restaurant to throw out the strainer.
Next, Peter said that he’ll look on the shelves of the kitchen for rodent droppings or roaches. Although they didn’t find any droppings, they did find a lot of mold that was on a fan inside the refrigerator, which was another violation. Peter then unscrewed a part of a tilt skillet that was coated in food debris that was rancid.
Dr Oz: Avoid Germs & Bacteria When Dining Out
Dr. Oz explained that sometimes restaurant people will try to stall the health inspector so they can go back and clean up real fast, but once Peter showed his badge he walked straight to the back. Peter said sometimes he’ll just walk right in the back door to not even give them a small chance to clean up.
Dr. Oz said there was one more thing they didn’t talk about when it comes to restaurant health inspections: the seats customers sit on. When Peter swabbed the chairs and found bacteria called enterococcus that can cause urinary tract infections and other health problems, as well as bacillus and acinetobacter baumannii, which can cause pneumonia. Peter explained that restaurant’s priorities are their food, so not very often do they focus on cleaning the chairs. He said if it’s a fabric chair, it’s almost impossible to clean without a deep clean.
Peter said people aren’t paying the utmost attention to certain things other than food, so that’s why the health inspectors are an important part of health. He said you should protect yourself when you go out to eat, so after you’ve touched the menu and sat in your chair, go to the bathroom and wash your hands. Washing your hands is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to avoiding getting sick.