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Oct 29, 2009 5:38 PM by Jon Carrere

The Restaurant Report: Acadiana Sanitarians

Lafayette has one of the highest numbers of restaurants per capita, than any other US city.

There is a team of workers whose job it is to make sure they stay safe and clean.
Jody Guidry is the Sanitarian Director for seven parishes in the Acadiana Region.

Guidry and his crew spend their time making sure the places we love going out to eat stay clean.
"We inspect retail food establishments which include your restaurants your groceries your bars that type of operations," says Guidry.

Once every three months restaurants around town will get a surprise visit from Guidry or one of the other sanitarians.

He says, "if there are violations at a restaurant, critical violations, we do go back frequently."

If restaurants don't fix all their problems, the clock gets ticking.

Based on how bad the problem is, they have twenty days to clean it up.

After the twenty days, fines begin for businesses still not up to code.

One hundred dollars a day for each violation.

But sometimes things are so bad, a restaurant can be immediatly shut down.

The most common is when sewerage is backing up in the doors and in the restaurant.


Guidry says having a full team of thirty-five sanitarians right here in Acadiana has made things much better.

Guidry says the sanitarians and the restaurants are a team working toward the goal of making sure everyone can go out, ea, and not get sick.

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KATC is going to help make sure you know how your favorite restaurant is doing.

Tune in every Thursday at 10p.m for the Restaurant Report.

Letting your know if your plates are clean before you get them.

jcarrere@katctv.com

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