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July, 26, 2010
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
When it comes to stadium food, the AFC East offers the best and the worst of it in terms of health-code violations.
ESPN's "Outside the Lines" delivered an unsettling report about the food and beverages we ingest at the game. "Outside the Lines" obtained health-department inspection records for all 107 NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball venues in the U.S. and Canada for 2009.
On the plus side, Gillette Stadium was one of only four arenas with no critical violations.
But Sun Life Stadium, home of the most recent Super Bowl and the Miami Dolphins, had the worst percentage in the NFL and among the bottom four of any sport, with 93 percent of its vendors having a critical violation.
The entire state of Florida fared poorly, indicating stricter policies or procedures. But the number is alarming nonetheless.
"Outside the Lines" provided a summary of every stadium. Here are the AFC East entries:
Buffalo Bills, Ralph Wilson Stadium
Vendors with critical violations: 12%
Inspection report excerpt: In one case an inspector ordered workers at one stand to toss all hot dogs and sausages because they were too warm while waiting to be cooked.
Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium
Vendors with critical violations: 93%
Inspection report excerpt: In June 2009, an employee complained anonymously that small insects and other debris were blended into frozen alcoholic beverages at a stand where equipment wasn't being cleaned. When inspectors checked, they issued a critical violation for a buildup of slime inside the frozen drinks machine.
New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium
Vendors with critical violations: 0%
Inspection report excerpt: No critical or major violations.
New York Jets, Giants Stadium (through 2009)
Vendors with critical violations: 20%
Inspection report excerpt: Managers tossed 20 pounds of ground beef after inspectors cited them for letting partially grilled burgers with raw centers sit at unsafe temperatures for three hours before final cooking.