“Ensure everyone is trained in food safety protocol and that all of the equipment is functioning properly,” he says. “You must have the appropriate safeguards and tests in place at all times.”
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The SI Report
Among Sports Illustrated’s findings was that nearly a third of the league’s stadiums had more than 100 total violations, with 18 ballparks displaying critical violations in at least a quarter of their concession stands.
“The NFL did a big review about 10 years ago on food facilities and results were similar as there are always going to be problems popping up in environments like this,” Buchanan says. “Still, it’s an issue they have a good track record with considering the number of people they feed and the real limitation of facilities.”
Sports fans can take some comfort in knowing that there has never been a major food safety outbreak at any sporting event, but just like any time they buy food in an open environment, there is always going to be some risk.