How to Inspect Your School Cafeteria



How safe is your school cafeteria? Here is how to inspect your food for any safety violations.

Steps

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    Find visible evidence of unhealthy food regulations. Maybe a picture of old fruit or milk, perhaps proof that the food has more fat than food. Also record any witness of a cafeteria employee using a dirty cooking tool like a knife.
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    Find the facts about what your school/work does to keep your food clean. When does an inspector come and checkup the cafeteria?
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    Do an inspection looking for health violations on your own, jot down the violations. EX. "I saw (insert the employee name here) use dirty hands and touch the fruit" Keep this inspection private.
    • If you find that on your independent inspection, you found several health violations, be sure to follow these next steps.
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    Find a supporting teacher/worker of the building and make plans to look for violations for one typical week. Buy different foods and see how clean they look or if it looks undercooked (old maybe) before eating them. Check your milk's expiration date and make sure you got it before that day. Remember to take pictures of any suspected food.
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    Once you've gathered that weeks data, make a chart of what foods seemed the most unhealthy or looked old/undercooked. Since you and your friend had different meals all week you can compare what meals were unhealthy.
    • Now it's time to really crack down on cafeteria health violations.
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    Gather all the data and organize it from the oldest to the most recent information.
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    Then talk to a representative who runs the cafeteria and ask if you can have a random health inspection during the month of (insert month).
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    Tell them you found some violations that you can't reveal to them yet until the inspectors approve they are violations.
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    If the person approves, hire two health inspectors and choose a date near the end of the month for them to do a live and official inspection.
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    Show them all the data you collected and what they should focus of looking at. EX. "You should check out the milk, it was a few days past expiration"
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    After the inspection, send the results to the cafeteria representative and the building manager. Be sure to emphasize that you will reveal the information to the public if changes are not made soon.
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    You have completed the wikiHow but be sure to do extra research on health violations.

Tips

  • Be a good inspector, try to find all the flaws on your own.

Warnings

  • Be aware you could put your job in jeopardy or have bad relations with kitchen employees if you go through with this!

Things You'll Need

  • A camera.
  • Good eye.
  • Some sort of evidence.
  • Notepad + Pen.
  • Money.

Article Info

Categories: Health Activism | School Food