No one goes to the fair looking for healthy food (deep fried cream cheese worm balls, anyone?), but at the very least, it would be nice if the food were sanitary. That was emphatically not the case at last year’s Great Frederick Fair, where more than 80 percent of the vendors were found to be using unsafe food practices, resulting in hundreds of food safety violations.
Before you freak out and cancel your plans for a fair visit this year, though, it’s important to point out that many of the violations were for things like “permit not displayed” or “no overhead protection in wash station.” But other violations were for more potentially serious things, like meat or cheese that was found to be at an unsafe temperature.
“I don’t think any of us are ever really surprised by anything we see anymore,” Food Control Program Manager Wendy Cochran told the Frederick News Post. Let’s hope last year’s violations mean that this year’s festival food will be extra, squeaky-clean (and properly refrigerated).
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