CBS12 Investigates: Local school cafeterias didn't pass health inspections
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
Dozens of schools in Florida are not making the grade when it comes to food safety.
CBS12 found the Florida Health Department inspected 87 schools and ruled them as unsatisfactory some of them multiple times.
According to the food service inspection reports the major issues schools are dealing with is vermin control, unsanitary garbage disposals, and food not stored at the correct temperature.
Palm Beach County schools, serving the most meals, topped the list with 53 schools receiving unsatisfactory inspections..
"We work with the health department and also our internal people to make sure the equipment they have is satisfactory and there's a clean environment,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa.
Superintendent Avossa said they serve almost 20 million lunches ever year and they can always do better.
“We appreciate any third party oversight of that and act quickly when somethings brought to our attention,” said Superintendent Avossa.
In Indian River County there were 19 schools with unsatisfactory ratings.
In Saint Lucie County there were 10 schools.
In Martin County there were 4 schools.
In Okeechobee County only one school.
Christina Goodfellow's son Stephen attends one of the schools in Palm Beach County that failed an inspection last year.
"It never even occurred to me that the food and the preparation couldn't be done the way it was supposed to. That's crazy to me," said Goodfellow.
All schools are inspected at least 4 times a year.
Here is a full list of the schools with unsatisfactory food service inspection reports.