Report: Three City Jails Cited For Health-Code Violations
Feb. 27, 1989
NEW YORK (AP) _ Inmates at three city jails may have been served unsanitary food, the city Health Department said after finding more than 100 health-code violations including signs of mice, roaches and flies, according to a report published today.
Inspections last month found unsanitary conditions in a jail on Rikers Island and two facilities in Brooklyn, the Daily News said, citing Health Department reports. The three jails house more than 4,500 inmates.
Of the violations, 24 were deemed hazardous. Health Department spokesman Barry Adkins said the most serious involved serving food at the wrong temperature, which could lead to salmonella poisoning.
The reports cited evidence of mice, flies and roaches in food-storage areas and in one case, what may have been human excrement, the News said. They also cited inoperative toilets and dishwashers, and possible asbestos-containing material.
The Correction Department has been working with the Health Department to remedy problems, said Julian Prager, an assistant correction commissioner, adding that conditions were not that bad.
''They could write up anybody's house worse than this,'' he said.