The suave and sassy Roy Costa showed up on Tampa television last night, walking viewers through a couple of home kitchen food safety inspections, including the kitchen of ABC Action News Dirty Dining reporter, Wendy Ryan.
(I can’t actually confirm the broadcast date, but the clip showed up on the web last night.)
The story says that Gretchen Barnes is a busy new mom with twin 7-month-old boys, Beckett and Eli, and has much less time to do things like clean the kitchen.
Gretchen was a trooper to allow former health inspector Roy Costa to come to her house and do a mock inspection on her kitchen.
Right away, Roy found a critical violation: Eggs over five months old in her refrigerator. The package had a printed expiration date of September 17, 2010.
Roy said one of the most contaminated areas of the kitchen is the sink drain, because of the disposal and waste spewing up from the bottom.
Roy says it’s a good idea to disinfect the sink drain once a week. So how do you do that?
"Make about a 200-part-per-million dilution of this bleach. Because we know if you have the proper water to bleach, the activity of the chlorine that’s in there is going to be a lot more effective," Roy explained.
So in a bucket of room temperature water, less than a capful of clorox would be enough to create the right level of disinfectant.
And Roy says sanitizing the baby’s toys with that same diluted solution is a good idea.
Sophie the giraffe, a previous favorite of our 2-year-old Sorenne, was somewhat dirty in the twins’ house, so Roy recommended a soap and water wash before sterilizing the twins’ Sophie in the solution for at least 5 minutes.