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Rats! Err,rodents! So until it’s cleaned up and inspected, no cafeteria food at South Loop Elementary

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UPDATED Aug. 26:

Officials with the City’s Food Inspection Program re-inspected South Loop Elementary today. Inspectors found a few rodent droppings in the food service facility. The school is continuing to take corrective measures to come into compliance with food safety regulations. Our inspectors are scheduled to conduct another inspection of the facility on Monday (Aug. 31, 2009).

August 25, 2009 Department of Public Health For Immediate Release

Food Inspection of South Loop Elementary

El Paso – The Food Inspection Program of the City of El Paso Department of Public Health today is continuing with its inspection of South Loop Elementary, at 520 Southside Drive.

Officials with the Food Inspection program on Monday (Aug. 24, 2009), responded to a complaint about the sanitation of the campus’ food service facility. After a review of the premises, inspectors determine the facility had a rodent infestation.

The Food Inspection program recommended a voluntary closure of the food service facility. School officials agreed to the voluntary closure and have taken corrective measures to bring its facility into compliance with food safety standards.

The campus’ food service facility remains closed today (Aug. 25, 2009) as a precaution. The facility will be allowed to reopen tomorrow (Aug. 26, 2009) upon a successful follow-up inspection by the Food Inspection program.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 25, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Not rats but mice. Pesky little critters. Maybe I should volunteer my cats to spend an evening -)

    Ken G

    August 25, 2009 at 4:30 pm

  2. It’s a big copout to blame the fields behind the school. Has any body else in the neigberhood complain about mice infestation? Until I hear a differant and reasonable excuse from the district spokeperson it is clear and simple that dirty, leftovers, and countless other unsanitary conditions exist at South Loop Elemantary from the staff to the cafetiria director are to blame. This is not a rare issue in resturants and school facilities.

    Art Gallegos

    August 27, 2009 at 1:55 am

  3. YSID may well want to enact a policy of inspecting school facilities well in advance of the first day of school.
    Mice (field mice are the same thing) like comfortable dark habitat, as exhibited by their propensity to live and procreate in homes and other structures. Open tilled fields do not provide as preferred a habitat. I think that when the school was closed for the summer it’s habitat was only perfected by the absence of humans along with an apparent lack of proper cleaning.
    As for the crop, the wheat was harvested in late June. The straw stubble was then cut, baled and removed in mid July followed immediately by disc plowing of the fields. The latter two processes were done instead of traditional controlled burning in deference to the farm’s proximity to neighborhoods, schools and businesses, not to mention the EPFD.
    With the above in mind plus Mr. Gallego’s comments above about an absence of the problem in the adjacent neighborhood, it seems apparent that the school mice lived happily for over a month on whatever they could find within the walls of the school rather than the wheat crop.


    August 28, 2009 at 3:26 pm

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