Following food violations at Kauffman last fall, new reports of problems arise at Arrowhead concession stands

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Last fall FOX 4 reported on food violation concerns at Aramark concession stands at Kauffman Stadium. Now, there are new reports of problems at 19 concession stands at Arrowhead.

Aramark and Levy are the two food vendors who sell concessions at the football stadium. In an August routine inspection, Kansas City health inspectors found five critical issues at Aramark stands, including food temperature issues, backed-up sinks, and employees without proper food handler's cards. They found similar concerns at the Levy stands as well.

While the violations aren't as bad as what inspectors found last fall at the 'K,' the health department said there's a reason fans should be concerned.

Operations Program Manager Joe Williamson said, "Eating a moldy hot dog can get you sick, as well like bare hand contact or someone chewing gum, saliva, spit going onto food. These are practices that we cannot have at these concession stands or any food establishment."

Most of the issues were corrected on site, but inspectors are still keeping a close eye on these vendors.

"There have been some improvements but there are definitely still some violations that are being noted on subsequent visits and we will address those every time that they come up," Williamson said.

These violations are concerning to tailgaters who remember the problems inspectors found last fall at Kauffman.

One tailgater said, "Why is it taking so long? It's an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. It's a health issue. You don't people getting sick, you don't want kids getting sick."

That's the reason health inspectors want fans to be their eyes and ears in the stadium.

"If anyone's out at the game enjoying the Chiefs this evening and you notice anything at any of the concession stands, just give us a call at the Health Department here," said Williamson.

Aramark sent this statement to FOX 4:

“We are excited for the start of the NFL season and look forward to providing Chiefs fans a wide array of menu options that are great tasting and safe to eat.  We take food safety very seriously everywhere we operate and continue to work closely with the Kansas City Health Department to ensure the food at Arrowhead Stadium is prepared and served in the safest environment.”

Jan Michael Taylor, Regional Director of Operations, Levy Restaurants, said in a statement, “Levy Restaurants is in good standing with the health department, and we are proud of our health department inspection on August 21 at Arrowhead Stadium. We had a few minor items which were quickly corrected, and the health department was complimentary of our cleanliness and safe food handling. We look forward to welcoming Chiefs fans this season.”

Visit this link to search for city health inspection reports:
http://www.inspectionsonline.us/foodsafety/mousakansascity/search.htm

If you notice anything of concern, city health inspectors urge to report it by calling 311 or logging on to kcmo.gov