Connecticut schools struggle with health inspections

Even affluent districts have been fighting poor health reports.

Jan. 7—Districts across Fairfield County, Conn.—from Stamford to Shelton, Bridgeport to Bethel and everywhere between—have been cited for numerous health-code violations inside school cafeterias.

Even well-to-do Greenwich had black marks on its record. And several schools have flunked repeated inspections, while others have passed even after inspectors found mouse droppings or cockroaches in the kitchens.

A Hearst Connecticut Newspapers analysis of 2,248 inspections of public school cafeterias performed throughout the county from July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2012, found that health inspectors failed cafeterias a total of 199 times for a variety of violations ranging from hazardous food-storage practices to dirty facilities and sick cafeteria workers wielding ladles.