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Dirty Food
Stricter Regulations for Restaurants
David Noland
DeVry University








Authors Note
This paper was prepared for Engl 135, Advanced Composition, taught by Professor Onega
Dirty Food
Stricter Regulations for Restaurants

Restaurants are a daily destination for a many consumers.   Consumers go to restaurants to grab a meal throughout the day.   Regardless of if they go to fast food restaurants or a dine-in restaurants it is expected that their food to come to them quick.   However, what they do not know is the health code regulations that employees may disregard in order to provide faster service, and to save money.   What may be even more disturbing is that these violations are supported and even more so encouraged by some management.   At some restaurants it is routine to, re-use leftover coffee from the previous day, to let cooked food sit for near two hours, or to even skimp on employee hand washing during a rush.   All of these concerns and more lead to the conclusion that restaurants should be more intensely watched by the health department with frequent, sporadic inspections, and to implement more strict consequences when it comes to the violations.
Problems
Some management of fast food restaurants would argue that more sporadic and frequent health inspections by outside agencies would interfere with their business, because it would take up more restaurant manpower hours.   In reality this is true, because they are in business to make money, but it also said because they say this because it would require them to do more cleaning and keep a more watchful on eye to ensure their employees were following health guidelines.   The article High-end Fare, With Side Order of Violations (2007) identifies a situation in which the restaurant was not notified prior to inspection, the result of this was the revelation of multiple major health violations ranging from mixing salads and handling food with bare, unwashed hands, to letting raw food...

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