City inspectors have often seen a direct correlation between the types of conditions found on the outside of a building and those found on the inside. If the alley side of a food handling business has overflowing dumpsters, high weeds, accumulation of debris, a splattered grease container or structural holes or openings that would allow a rodent easy access, chances are inspectors would find similar conditions on the inside.
That’s one reason why the Dumpster Task Force was created in 1994. The finding of sanitation violations such as overflowing dumpsters outside of a food handling establishment then allowed our inspectors to gain immediate access to that business. The Task Force also follows up on similar sanitation related complaints that are made by the general public.
If conditions are found to be bad enough to allow contaminated food to be passed on to the public, an immediate closure will result. If problems aren’t bad enough to warrant an immediate closure, inspectors might issue tickets and follow-up at a later date to ensure compliance. In either case a Task Force representative will walk management through their establishment and point out where problems lie and how they can prevent such conditions from repeating in the future.
Other City entities also inspect food handling establishments for various reasons. The listings that follow contain closing and reopening information from inspections that were specifically done by Mayor’s Dumpster Task Force.
Thanks for taking the time to review this information. And you can do your part to help protect other residents from consuming contaminated food by reporting any pestilence problems you might witness at a food handling establishment to the City at 3-1-1 or click on the button below to make a report.