Calif. Jack in the Box closed due to sewage backup

Fast-food joint Jack in the Box may have a great food safety program after its 1993 E. coli O157:H7 disaster which killed four and sickened over 600, but that ain’t worth much if an outlet allows raw shit to flood into the kitchen.

The polite write-up on the inspection for the restaurant, at 1440 Moraga Way, Contra Costa County, California, says it was ordered closed Feb. 1 after inspectors discovered the floor sink, a drain that is connected to sewers and other contaminated water, was flooding the kitchen.

Contaminated wastewater was found on the floor near areas where food is prepared and dishes are washed.

Breakfast all-day.

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