NCHS cafe­te­ria fails health probe

The Norwalk Hour - - TOWN NEWS - By Hum­berto J. Rocha

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.

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