FLORIDA: Restaurants looking to clean up
Posted: May 27th, 2009 - 9:52pm
Sophomore Jamie Farrell may have a tough stomach as a forensic science major, but she has gotten sick from eating at a Wendy’s restaurant in her home state, New Jersey, and one in Orlando.
“I don’t like eating at places that I’ve gotten sick at,” Farrell said.
Last year, there were 40 confirmed foodborne illness complaints in Orlando restaurants, which had about 19,000 routine inspections, according to a Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation report.
The number of health violations in Florida has been increasing since 2004, according to a bar graph in the study.
Customers can access detailed food inspections of restaurants because it is public record.
Alexis Lambert, a press secretary for Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, said, “The restaurants are required to keep their latest inspection on file. If a consumer asks for it, they are required to see it.”
Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders on Alafaya Trail and East McCulloch Road has not had a customer ask for its inspection record, said Operations Manager Sammy Siciliano.
“We have it in our health inspection folder,” Siciliano said. “So if someone asks, we have it on file.”
The inspections are also available to the public on the FDBPR Web site, www.myfloridalicense.com, Lambert said.
“Consumers can see all the results of the inspections and what the inspector saw” on the day of the unannounced visit, she said.