Ball Parks Fail Hygiene Tests

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Scott Simon looks at a survey of health code violations at Major League ball parks. The home of the Los Angeles Angels was rated the worst.


Take me out to the ball game, but have a stomach pump nearby. The current issue of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine reviews some of the health code violations at various major league parks. They found Angels Stadium of Anaheim, where the Los Angeles Angels play, to lead the league with 732 violations in 2007. Inspectors found major vermin and cockroach infestation that forced one food stand to shut down. Only one? Better places to buy hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jack, maybe, Coors Field in Denver, which had only 16 violations, Miller Park in Milwaukee and Kaufman Stadium in Kansas Stadium, which each had only 30 or so, and Yankee Stadium, which had only 45 health code violations last year.

In second place for health code violations as they so often are in the standings was McAfee Coliseum, home of the Oakland A's. Inspectors there found 493 violations, including signs of insects and/or rodents in food facilities and something called overhead leakage. Maybe that's why Barry Zito left town and is O and seven so far this year.

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