Marion County health inspectors cited the food contractor, Centerplate, at Lucas Oil stadium for food safety violations -- including mice feces in storage rooms, kitchens and an oven. Inspectors also found actual mice (not just evidence of them) in the kitchen area, both dead and alive.
The Marion County Health Department issued 42 citations and $3,900 in fines in all against the Stamford, Conn.-based food service company.
To combat the rodent infestation, Centerplate said they have more than doubled the internal health safety audit team; created a 24-hour hotline for fans and staff to report any food service violations; and contracted an exterminator service. The company will also have 15 of its own food safety inspectors work Sunday's game.
The Marion County Health Department (MCHD) toured the facilities with Centerplate executives Thursday and Friday to identify any unresolved issues. Centerplate representatives told Slashfood Friday that the MCHD notified the food-service company that the violations in the stadium have been corrected.
"I can assure you that we will deliver a safe and enjoyable environment to Colts fans attending this weekend's game" said Des Hague, CEO and president of Centerplate, in a release to Slashfood. "We have taken aggressive action in partnership with Health Department and we will continue to diligently measure our performance."
The Colts sent an e-mail this week to season ticket holders responding to the violations.
"Nothing is more important to the Indianapolis Colts than the health and safety of our fans," the e-mail said. "We also believe that anything that can be controlled, such as sanitation, should never be compromised."
The irony of it all is that unlike unannounced restaurant visits, food inspectors previously let stadium officials know when they will be visiting because of security reasons. Now, Marion County Health Department food inspectors will be allowed to make unannounced inspections at the stadium on game days.
[Via Houston Chronicle]