2009 Report: Food Vendors At Verizon Center Cited For Health Code Violations

7:13 AM, Jul 28, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Next time you head to a Wizards or Capitals game, you may want to think twice about eating at the arena.

ESPN broke the story by looking into health department records. Their report shows that in 2009, 100 percent of the food vendors at Verizon Center were cited for critical health code violations. 

DC Health officials confirm to 9NEWS NOW a widespread report that says every vendor at the Verizon Center was cited for critical health code violations back in March. 

EPSN's report says mice droppings were found at ten vendoring locations.

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DC Health officials say at least two vendors were shut down immediately, but were allowed to re-open after those violations were addressed.

A spokesperson for the city's department of health says DC has some of the toughest codes in the country, including a policy of conducting inspections while food and drink are being served which often leads to more violations.


Other local venues also had violations:


  • 36 percent of FedEx Field vendors were cited
  • 25 percent at Nationals Park
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