Thousands of Food Safety Violations in Nursing Homes Continue to Slide Under the Radar

According to reports, nursing home patients nationwide are at a higher risk for foodborne illnesses from unsafe kitchens. Ranked third in most frequent violation behind infection control and accidents, food handling can have serious consequences if done incorrectly. The nursing home inspection reports have numerous pages that describe food handling violations such as, lack of hand-washing, months old expired food, workers handling raw meat with bare hands then touching patient’s utensils and food, and microwaves and stovetops caked with debris.

Last year, after the norovirus outbreak struck a nursing home, investigators found out that the kitchen staff had failed to monitor and control sanitizer levels in the dishwasher causing 29 patients to get sick. Across the country, 230 foodborne outbreaks were reported from 1998 to 2017 in long-term care settings where 54 deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations were a result. For more reports and studies on sanitation in nursing home kitchens, read here.

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