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Restaurant owners calling for more from OPH

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Posted: Nov 27, 2012 6:21 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Nov 27, 2012 6:21 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: office of public health, department of health and hospitals, restaurants, violations, inspections

BATON ROUGE- Restaurant owners and managers say they want stricter guidelines from the Office of Public Health, when it comes to inspections.

This comes after a legislative audit showed public health issued permits to restaurants with uncorrected violations, rarely used formal enforcement action, and much more.

According to the audit from 2009 to 2011about 450,000 violations were issued. So far this year more than 29,000 critical condition citations have been issued.

OPH says the violations this year were likely corrected or addressed through follow-up inspections.

Some restaurant managers agree with the findings of the audit and would like to see more done, like more visits from inspectors.

"I kind of like the random inspections. It keeps me on my game keeping everything clean because obviously nobody wants to get any of their customers sick," said Aaron Brown. He's the head chef of the Taco De Paco truck.

Diners say they also want to see more to improve inspections.

"The Office of Public Health, definitely needs to step it up too. If they're not going to make the restaurants clean up their act, who will," said Cory Cheramie.

The Office of Public Health says it's already started working to fix some of the problems addressed in the audit.

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