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South School Rebounds with Near-Perfect Score on Health Inspection

After failing its most recent health inspection, the food services staff at South School earned a near-perfect score following an unannounced visit from a town sanitarian this month. The school during an unannounced May 2, 2017 inspection had been cited by the New Canaan Health Department for a major violation—the first such problem found there through dozens of inspections in more than five years. Specifically, a health inspector found that a 2-door Hobart cooler was at 63.7 degrees—far higher than required, according to records obtained by NewCanaanite.com. In surprise inspections, municipal health officials note any violation on a form that categorizes and grades each of them from one to four, with four being the most serious. A total of 100 points are possible, and each violation is deducted from that score. Continue Reading →

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East School Rebounds with Perfect Score on Health Inspection After Failing in the Fall

After failing a health inspection the fall, the food services staff at East School earned a perfect score following the most recent unannounced visit from a town sanitarian. The school on Sept. 16 had been cited by the New Canaan Health Department for a major violation—the first such problem found there through dozens of inspections in 10 years. Specifically, a health inspector discovered chlorine sanitizer in a wiping cloth bucket to be at a toxic level of 200 parts per million, according to records obtained by NewCanaanite.com. A correction plan outlined by the sanitarian included remaking the mixture at 50 to 100 ppm and training staff members. Continue Reading →

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School Cafeterias Easily Pass Health Inspections; ‘Risk Factor’ Violations at East and NCHS

All five of New Canaan’s public school cafeterias aced recent unannounced inspections by the New Canaan Health Department. Each school received a score of at least a 97 out of a possible 100 points. Two of the cafeterias were cited for “risk factor” violations- one at East School and one at the high school. Their violations were only worth two points, but a four point “risk factor” violation would result in an automatic inspection failure.  South School and West School both earned perfect scores on their inspections. Continue Reading →

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School Cafeterias Score High in Health Inspections; ‘Risk Factor’ Violations at NCHS, Saxe and West

Each of New Canaan’s six public school cafeterias scored at least 95 points out of a possible 100 in recent unannounced inspections by the New Canaan Health Department. Three of the cafs were cited for more serious “risk factor” violations during inspections conducted by Sanitarian and Restaurant/Food Inspector Carla DeLucia—one each at the high school, middle school and West School. East School earned a perfect 100. The overall scores were:

East: 100
South: 99
West: 97
Saxe: 98
NCHS: 95

Here are the details, noted by the sanitarian, at the most recent inspection for each school—risk factor violations are noted with an asterisk:

East (Jan. 11)—zero violations

South (Jan. Continue Reading →

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Health Inspection: Rare Major Violation at NCHS Cafeteria

For the first time in nearly a decade, health officials found a major “4-point” violation at New Canaan High School cafeteria’s kitchen during an unannounced inspection. On Sept. 1, a sanitarian with the New Canaan Health Department found chicken cutlets at 115 degrees and chicken parmesan at 129 degrees in a hot holding cabinet at NCHS, according to the inspection report. The internal temperature of cooked chicken should be 165 degrees or higher, as measured with a food thermometer, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A follow-up plan for the food service staff includes training its members to check temperatures between shifts, according to the report. Continue Reading →

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