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Nursing Homes Cited for Unsafe Food Handling Practices

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 230 reported food-related illness outbreaks in nursing homes from 1998-2017, resulting in 7,648 reported illnesses by residents. Of that number, 532 residents were hospitalized and 54 died as a result of food-borne illness.

In 2018, unsafe food handling was the third most common citation issued to nursing homes in the U.S., behind lack of infection prevention and injuries caused by a lack of supervision, hazards, or devices. In fact, 33% of all nursing homes were cited for violations concerning food safety last year. One of the largest organizations in the U.S., Genesis Healthcare, which operates more than 400 homes in 30 states, received violations at nearly half of its facilities.

Commonly-Cited Food Safety Hazards at Nursing Homes

Some of the most frequent food safety citations at nursing homes include:

  • Employees failing to wash hands before handling food
  • Cockroach infestations
  • Mouse droppings in cooking areas
  • Flies in undercooked meat
  • Debris in meat slicers
  • Mold in ice machines

People over the age of 65 are particularly susceptible to foodborne illness, due to age-related digestive system issues, weakened immune systems, chronic diseases, and other issues, according to FairWarning.org.

Unfortunately, the fines for food safety violations are relatively low, so facilities are often cited for the same violation numerous times. Approximately one-third of facilities received the same violation two or three times, and ten percent received the same violation three or more times.

It appears that there is little that can be done about these blatant food safety violations. In fact, in July, the Trump administration even rolled back existing regulations on nursing homes that included strict food handling standards. The original regulations required directors of food and nutrition services to have specific education and certifications, but the government cited that the legislation was too “burdensome” in its rollback. Now, the education and certification requirements have been relaxed to “a few years of experience,” which might not be enough to prevent food-borne illness outbreaks in many facilities.

Contact a New York Nursing Home Lawyer

Did your loved one become ill due to negligent food handling in a nursing home? When facilities fail to provide an adequate standard of care for residents, the team at Hach & Rose, LLP will be there to make sure that the responsible parties are held accountable. We fight for the rights of nursing home facility residents and their families in New York and the surrounding areas, and we’ll be ready to discuss your case when you call us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Bethlehem, NY – Woman Arrested in Nursing Home Abuse Incident

Bethlehem, NY – Woman Arrested in Nursing Home Abuse Incident

Bethlehem, NY (May 1, 2019) – A 32-year-old woman from Troy has been arrested for allegedly mistreating a disabled person who was in her care at the time. The arrest was announced on Wednesday, May 1st after police were able to credibly accuse Tracey-Ann Gardner of abuse while working at the Center for Disability Services located in Delmar.


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Our elderly loved ones deserve to live with dignity and proper care, and we will not stand for anything less than ideal treatment. For more information about your rights and the rights of your loved one, contact us at (212) 779-0057 today.

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In a new CNN investigation, the news outlet examines some real-life cases of abuse that have become horrifyingly common. Read the CNN report here, and if you suspect that your loved one has suffered similar abuse, you do not have to stand idly by. To learn more about how we can help you, visit our Nursing Home Abuse page. Make sure to contact an experienced elder care lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 today.

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