Dozens of health code violations found at Kauffman Stadium

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ESPN’s Outside the Lines reports that a Kansas City health department inspection that occurred on November 3 found “dozens” of health code violations at Kauffman Stadium (home of the Royals) and Arrowhead Stadium (home of the Chiefs). You probably want to finish chewing before you move onto the next paragraph.

Here’s some of what they found:

[…] cockroaches in vending areas, mouse feces on the same tray as pizza dough, sinks where employees were supposed to wash their hands being blocked by boxes or trash, employees eating in food prep areas and trays of food headed for customers that measured at unsafe temperatures. The health department found several critical violations, including mold growth in ice machines, dirty pans and trays and excessive numbers of fruit flies.

The day of the inspection at both venues, violations were found at 20 of 26 vendor stands including 37 critical violations.

Outside the Lines published a comprehensive review of food safety at venues across all four sports in July 2010. Then, they found that 62 percent of vendors had critical violations at Kauffman Stadium and 56 percent at Arrowhead Stadium.

Jon Costa, the district food safety manager for Aramark — which has contracts with all 30 teams — sent information about his food safety-related concerns to local media and ESPN after Aramark senior management did not respond. Ultimately, he was placed on paid administrative leave for violating Aramark’s media policy.

The Royals issued this statement:

“We take great pride in promoting an atmosphere at Kauffman Stadium that Royals fans of all ages can enjoy. The excitement and energy running through the stadium was on full display during the World Series and our partners, including Aramark, play an important role in creating those memories. Food and beverage is integral to the fan experience and Aramark has been a valued partner in delivering those services to fans. We all take food service, safety and quality very seriously.”