Roaches, Mice, Bacteria At Some Mall Food Courts - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Roaches, Mice, Bacteria At Some Mall Food Courts

MSNBC.COM - A trip to the mall food court is a favorite for families looking for a quick bite. But a TODAY investigation that aired Thursday revealed that many food courts have a disturbing pattern of health violations.

The three-month investigation went inside some of the most popular malls in the United States and uncovered critical violations that can make people sick. In one Boston mall, TODAY captured footage of a cockroach climbing the wall right next to the grill at a popular food-court restaurant.

Most critical violations aren't as obvious: bare hands on food, unsafe food temperatures, raw meat sitting out for too long — and filthy kitchens.

The investigation examined hundreds of inspection reports and included visits with food safety expert Cindy Rice to food courts at the Mall of America in Minnesota, Faneuil Hall in Boston and South Street Seaport in New York City.

Rice said food courts may be riskier than an average restaurant because of their tighter workspaces and higher volumes.

"They can start cutting corners if they're not careful," Rice said.

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