Report reveals vendor violations at GABP, PBS

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A report by ESPN's Outside the Lines studied food vendors across the county, and the results are not good for Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium.

According to the report, Great American Ball Park had 40 percent of vendors with critical violation.

An excerpt from the report reads, "Inspectors saw an employee scraping food debris from a spatula using the trash bin and then trying to continue using the same spatula without cleaning it."

At Paul Brown Stadium, the report says there are 31 percent of vendors with critical violations.

"Inspectors found a few stands where hot dogs were being held at unsafe temperatures, among other violations," the inspection report reads."

Aramark, who controls food vendors at Paul Brown Stadium, released the following statement:  "Food safety is our top priority. We have rigorous employee training and quality assurance processes, and we continuously invest to enhance our food safety training, resources and safeguards. Issues in past reports have been addressed, and any time we learn about issues we take prompt action to investigate and remedy all concerns."

Sports Service, the food vendor service at Great American Ball Park, didn't return calls for comment, nor did the Reds organization.

The Cincinnati Health Department says it's looking into the findings or allegations at both stadiums.

The two stadiums received the worst reports in the state of Ohio. The list included venues for MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL venues in the United States and Canada operating in 2009.

The worst scores came from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. and Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The inspection report found 100 percent of those vendors to be in violation.

Several venues were found to have no violations.

To view the complete report, click here.

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