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6 sick from Salmonella in Chicago schools, linked to OrganicLife

October 22, 2012 by


by Doug Powell The Chicago Tribune reports a recent outbreak of salmonella sickened students at five schools in the Chicago suburbs, and health officials have focused their investigation on a commercial kitchen in Wheeling that prepares lunches for the schools. The children, ages 7 to 14, have recovered, and the outbreak appears to be over, […]

Ex-Chicago contractor took bribes for food safety certifications, jailed for over 2 years

August 30, 2012 by


by Doug Powell WLS reports a woman who formerly worked as food inspector for the city of Chicago was sentenced to more than two years in prison Wednesday for taking bribes to obtain food safety certificates for people who had not taken required courses or passed tests. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber sentenced Mary Anne […]

Food inspector peddled vitamins to owners of restaurants she inspected

March 23, 2012 by


by Doug Powell On a cloudy afternoon in September, Chicago health inspector Charity Okoro arrived at Taste of Peru and began pointing out problems. “She comes into the restaurant really mad, really screaming,” recounted co-owner Cesar Izquierdo, according to city documents. He said she accused the restaurant of a handful of violations including cross-contamination for […]

Chicago to let some low-risk food sellers certify themselves

January 18, 2012 by


by Doug Powell Chicago retailers that sell pre-packaged foods and recently inspected restaurants with no history of foodborne illness would police themselves and send inspection reports to City Hall, under a “self-certification” plan advanced Tuesday to free inspectors to focus on “high-risk” establishments. I don’t care who does the inspection or has oversight, as long […]

Fancy food ain’t safe food, Chicago edition

December 30, 2011 by


Does posting restaurant inspection results online do any good?  by Doug Powell Pete Snyder told the Chicago Tribune he’s not a fan of publishing the results of spot inspections online because “there is no evidence that posting does any good.” Instead, he favors a system where employees are trained by food service managers in controlling […]