One State Eliminates Food Safety Inspections for Nursing Homes and Hospitals

One state has eliminated food safety inspections at hospitals, day care centers and nursing homes because of budget cuts, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said Friday. The bill that took effect Thursday, eliminated inspections at places that serve people who are most at-risk for foodborne illness.  The changes affect most of the state.

Previously, the State Department of Health conducted quarterly inspections at day care centers, nursing homes and hospitals. The bill does not take away food inspections from prisons, and restaurant inspections will proceed as normal.One Public Interest official n Washington, D.C. who is unhappy about the cuts said the following:

"These consumers, and anyone who is immuno-compromised, are already at greater risk of being hospitalized from foodborne illness.
"Ending food safety inspections in the kitchens that feed those populations is like taking seat belts out of their cars and hoping no one has an accident."

As of Thursday, the Palm Beach County Health Department discontinued inspections of hospital and nursing home food service, at least for the time being, O'Connor said. As to when food safety oversight at nursing homes and hospitals might start up again, it is up the state to determine who has the regulatory authority. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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