Is it safe to eat at this restaurant? The answer is yes according to Danny Ripley, a health inspector for Metro Nashville. Danny, and the rest of the 20 inspectors on staff each visit 300 food establishments twice a year to make sure of it.
In this episode, we learn what changes are coming to those yellow sheets posted in restaurants giving you the restaurant scores, what happens during an inspection and the tricks restaurants use to hide problems.
How dirty is your kitchen?
Our podcast on restaurant inspectors focused on restaurants and other food providers, but your biggest risk may come from the place you eat every day — your kitchen.
Your kitchen sponge and sink are the dirtiest places, maybe even more so than your toilet. And that refrigerator door handle — how often do you grab it before washing your hands?
WebMD says the best way to sanitize surfaces is to use bleach and water. It also helps you do better with your toothbrushes and TV remote control.
Then there is the kitchen in your office. Researchers say there are 500 forms of bacteria that can travel to 50 percent of your office in just four hours, according to Healthline.com.
Then there is Faith Durand, a writer for the blog, thekitchn.com. She invited a health inspector to go through her kitchen and rate it.
While you don’t need to meet the same standards as a restaurant kitchen that serves the public, that doesn’t mean your kitchen is risk-free. Use bleach, toss out your sponges and be careful with chicken and other raw meat and you should be fine. It’s also probably a good idea to keep a bottle of Pepto-Bismol around the house.