Five stories that have North Texas talking: Globe Life Park gets graded on food safety; Dallas’ bond package swells to over $1 billion; the deadliest highways in Texas; and more.
In its most recent health inspection, Globe Life Park racked up 109 violations, 43 of which were labeled “critical,” which means "linked to the spread of foodborne illnesses," according to Sports Illustrated.
Those numbers put the home of the Texas Rangers near the bottom (No. 20) of Sports Illustrated’s list, ranking food safety across 28 Major League Baseball stadiums. Sports Illustrated obtained data from the most recent health inspections of each stadium to determine the rankings.
Here’s what they found at Globe Life Park, across 78 entities:
“A wide range of violations were observed in a mid-May inspection at Globe Life Park, but issues with holding temperatures, employee hygiene and sanitizer stood out. One employee was observed using a cell phone, before performing job duties without changing gloves or washing hands. Employees at two other food entities did not wash hands when changing tasks. A live roach was observed at one location, and the inspector required the workers to contact pest control.”
Fans shouldn’t panic about violations on their own, but should be wary of violations found across multiple concession stands within a stadium, according to the study.
Inspections are largely standardized, but reporting can vary among health departments across the country. All departments follow the food code provided by the Food and Drug Administration.
Safeco Field in Seattle ranked as the safest place to grab a bite, and Tropicana Field — where the Tampa Bay Rays play — had the most violations. [Sports Illustrated]
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- Dallas voters have an even larger bond package to consider this November. City Council added more money to the now $1.05 billion package for a laundry list of projects, from parks to street repairs. [The Dallas Morning News]
- Since its founding in 2015, Texans for Vaccine Choice has taken action at the state Capitol to fight legislation that makes it harder to opt children out of shots. Doctors are concerned such efforts will force Texas to face preventable diseases in the future. [Texas Observer]
- The deadliest stretch of highway in Texas is the 1.49 miles of I-69C in Edinburg, between FM 2812 and Monte Cristo Road. Over that section, there were 12 fatalities between 2013 and 2015, in seven fatal crashes. [Texas Monthly]
- Justin Bieber is more popular in the Rio Grande Valley than the Panhandle. And Beyonce isn’t as big in Houston as you’d think. At least, that’s what new maps of YouTube streaming data show. See what pop music gets played in Texas. [The New York Times]