For the first
time ever, health department inspectors in Sacramento County, CA,
will look over the area's roughly 200 restaurants and snack shops
that are part of gas stations and truckstops, The Sacramento
Bee reported Dec. 23.
So who's been
keeping an eye on the blue plate special up till now in California's
capital city? Hazardous materials inspectors.
The use of
hazmat inspectors to keep an eye on truckstop fare was not a commentary
on the quality of the chicken-fried steak; it was a regulatory fluke,
the newspaper said. Since fuel stations carry hazardous materials,
all of their operations and products - even the ones that ended
up inside hungry truckers - were covered by hazmat teams.
While the hazmat
teams were trained to do the food inspections, officials didn't
think those inspections were quite up to snuff. So the duties are
being switched to the experts.
chief of the county's environmental health division, said most of
the truckstop eateries were no danger to the public.
are serving coffee, or maybe hot dogs, so the level of risk is pretty
low," he told The Bee.