Never Accept an Invitation to Lunch at the Reuters Cafeteria


After the Times shut down its cafeteria because of a gastrointestinal “outbreak,” Daily Finance’s Jeff Bercovici took a look at the rest of the media cafeterias in the city, and how many health violations each received last year. The Times, it turns out, had one of the cleanest bills of health. Who had the dirtiest? Reuters, with 40 violations recorded by the Department of Health. “Most of the citations had to do with food temperature and operating conditions,” Bercovici notes. “MSNBC was next-filthiest, piling up twenty points. Inspectors nailed it for employing staffers with ‘inadequate personal hygiene’ and a director of food operations who’s not certified in food safety procedures. Anyone else feeling queasy?” Meanwhile, the glam Hearst caf had nineteen violations (the citywide average is fourteen) “for inadequate refrigeration of smoked fish, insufficiently heated hot food and improper plumbing,” and CBS’s cafeteria had eighteen for “both roaches and mice.” Condé Nast had only seven.

New York Media received zero Health Department violations for its cafeteria, you’ll be pleased to know. Because we don’t have one.

The Dirtiest, and Cleanest, Cafeterias in the Media Business (Hint: Skip MSNBC) [Daily Finance]