* that makes 3 cruise ships within the last few months to have failed the inspection.
Blount Small Ship Adventures‘ 100-passenger Grand Mariner scored a 75 on its September 18 inspection. According to the report…
- Moldy ice-cubers
- inadequate monitoring of food temperatures
- raw meat stored with nonmeat items
- ingredient containers left open
- dirty dishwashing sinks
- 31 other violations earned the ship the failing score
The Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) is managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and helps assist the cruise ship industry to prevent and control the introduction, transmission, and spread of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses aboard their cruise ships.
In the report, “CDC inspectors documented finding a heavy layer of mold on an ice cuber’s plastic shield, as well as pink mold on the cuber’s water supply manifold. Inspectors also reported that open food ingredient containers, including baking soda, were left on shelves and that air temperature was not adequately being monitored, resulting in instances of temperatures “far exceeding the specified cold holding temperature of 41 degrees Fahrenheit” – as high as 55 degrees. .
Inspectors also found that stored food equipment, such as slicers, food processors and mixer heads had dried food debris on them. Food debris and grease also were found in the gaps, seams, cracks and crevices in between and on equipment, counters and bulkheads.”
How does this failed CDC inspection impact the average cruise line passenger?
With food conditions such as theses, passengers as well as crew members aboard these cruise line are far more likely to become sick – very sick. Gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses occurring on cruise ships are serious, especially for passengers who may elderly or suffering from other conditions. They may also result in prolonged, long term illness or possibly death.
Negligence on part of the crew of the ship as well as the cruise line itself is serious, leaving the cruise line susceptible to possible lawsuits from sick passengers and crew. It’s in the best interest of passengers, crew and the cruise lines to make sure they abide by all sanitation regulations at all times.
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