Monday, January 12, 2009

A big break for germs

Add another restaurant casualty to the list of recession victims: Food safety in one of Texas’ major cities. A local TV station reported today on the web that Arlington has laid off the five health specialists who monitor sanitation conditions within the municipality’s 2,000 restaurants.

Officials told reporter Janet St. James that the city would outsource oversight to a contracted third party. “However, no deal to do that has been publicly discussed or finalized,” St. James wrote.

The article notes that the sanitation inspectors will work until next Thursday, after which restaurants will be expected to police themselves.

The estimated savings: $100,000, or $50 per restaurant.

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