NCHS cafeteria fails health probe
NEW CANAAN — The New Canaan High School cafeteria has been a point of interest in the past months.
Two months ago, a woman working at the cafeteria was charged with larceny for allegedly stealing over $300,000. And, in the last week of September, the cafeteria failed a health inspection.
According to an inspection report carried out by the town’s Health Department on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m., New Canaan High School merited a single four-point violation — which results in an automatic failed inspection — in the food protection category.
“Milk at 54 degrees Fahrenheit — reach-in refrigerator by cook line,” the report reads. The milk was subsequently thrown out by the high school’s food services director and thus “corrected during inspection.”
According to Chris Wegrzyn, a sanitarian in the
town’s health department, the milk must be kept at 41 degrees Fahrenheit per state code.
Even just a single fourpoint violation results in an automatic failure of the inspection, Wegrzyn said. The points add up to a total of 100; a single four-point violation or a score lower than 80 points results in a failed inspection.
“Inspections are done every six months,” Wegrzyn said. “Following the (Sept. 28)
inspection, there is a mandatory re-inspection to be made in the next two weeks.”
The Sept. 28 inspection of the high school cafeteria details an 11-point deduction that includes “rusted” and “moldy” shelving in walk-in refrigerators, an “unclean” ice machine interior and “raw meats above ready-toeat food” in a walk-in freezer.
Superintendent of Schools Bryan Luizzi said the fourpoint violation that caused the cafeteria to fail the health
inspection was related to a technical glitch.
“Over the past few weeks each of our five kitchens were evaluated by the health department and four of our five schools scored quite well. Unfortunately, at NCHS a small refrigerator used to temporarily hold food during preparation unexpectedly tripped off on the day of the inspection,” Luizzi wrote.
Luizzi said that the district was addressing the issue with the health department.