Canada’s Stadiums Plagued By Food Violations

By Ben Hamill - December 30 2018

Canada’s Stadiums Plagued By Food Violations

Food health violations. Not exactly the kind of terminology one would enjoy associating with a fun day out at a professional sports event. And yet, this particular beast is rearing its ugly head at Canadian pro-sports events at increasingly more regular intervals. In fact, the nature of the beast is as vile as finding a mouse in a bag of peanuts or even Cracker Jacks.

To make matters worse, this isn’t hearsay or the stuff that urban legends are made of; it’s the stark reality of what health inspectors have found to be true at various pro-sports stadiums cross the country. Coors Field, home of the MLB’s Colorado Rockies in Denver, was where the mouse in the bag was found.

Sadly, the unlucky mouse wasn’t an isolated occurrence. More of the same was discovered at 111 stadiums across Canada. And if you think your favorite sport is better than that of your neighbor’s in the food department, think again! Home stadiums to the NHL, NBA, MLB, and NFL have all been documented as having at some point been infested with some kind of plague of Biblical proportions.

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The Numbers Are Concerning

According to a study conducted by Outside the Lines, thousands of violations occurred at the mentioned stadiums during 2016 and 2017 alone. These became a matter of public interest following the findings of more than 16,000 health inspections.

A recent report by ESPN revealed that about 28% of all venues were found to be in violation of one or more standard health regulation/s. To make matters worse, the noted violations were everything but small fry, and instead, classified as high-risk in terms of food-borne illnesses.

In other words, the making of the kind of ailments that makes the average fan go green (or worse!) around the gills.

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From Rodents To Hungry Birds

Some of the violations include: food-workers wiping their faces with their hands before handing over food to customers, cooks sweating it out over stove-tops, with the sweat inadvertently landing up in the food, the presence of cockroaches or mice, and dirty or sticky floors.

Some lesser violations have also been reported at some of the venues, including the presence of fruit flies, over-eager pigeons hoping for a score, and at one particular venue, the peculiarity of beer having been found to be leaking from a ceiling. The report (sadly) doesn’t reveal why the drink of the gods was found to be dripping from the heavens.