According to Andrew Lindquist, executive director of campus dining services for ARAMARK Higher Education, which manages campus dining, inspections can come unexpectedly.
"We do not receive any notification as to when they will arrive or how often they will inspect a facility," he
declined to comment on specific violations, but he
said that ARAMARK does conduct its own internal inspections periodically.
Every time the facility received demerits, he
said, the dining hall conformed to the recommendations issued by the DOH
, but was never shut down as a result of them.
Due to the outbreak, the dining hall thoroughly cleaned the dining hall and the kitchen before it was reopened for dinner on Oct. 2, Lindquist
said, a decision made with DOH approval.
"We take reports of alleged food-related illness very seriously.
In most cases, alleged food-related illnesses are found to be viral, but the symptoms are often very similar to those associated with food-related illnesses," Lindquist
In the case of the norovirus outbreak, he
said the university utilized its Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Plan, which uses comprehensive risk-reduction measures to make sure that any possible illness is not linked to dining hall food.
"Whenever these situations arise, the on-site team vigorously reviews procedures to ensure that everything was done properly according to the HACCP plan," Lindquist