The Dirtiest, and Cleanest, Cafeterias in the Media Business (Hint: Skip MSNBC)
However, a sister facility at the paper's printing plant in Queens fared substantially worse when inspectors dropped by in February 2009: It was cited for "evidence of roaches or live roaches in food and/or non-food areas," "conditions conducive to vermin" and improperly installed or maintained plumbing, among other issues. In total, the Queens lunchroom received 18 violations points, one of the highest totals for a New York City media cafeteria. (How come the blue-collar guys get the vermin? Sounds like an issue for the union.)
Who had the highest? Based on my quick survey, that would be Reuters, which somehow rang up a towering 40 points in its November 2009 visit from the Health Department. Most of the citations had to do with food temperature and operating conditions. MSNBC was next-filthiest, piling up 20 points. Inspectors nailed it for employing staffers with "inadequate personal hygiene" and a director of food operations who's not certified in food safety procedures. Anyone else feeling queasy?
Meanwhile, the beautiful open-air restaurant in Hearst's shiny new Eighth Avenue headquarters tower racked up 19 violation points, with citations for inadequate refrigeration of smoked fish, insufficiently heated hot food and improper plumbing. CBS's employee cafeteria was as nasty, if not more so, with 18 violation points and citations for both roaches and mice. Time Inc.'s cafeteria received 13 violation points for a couple of routine infractions on its last inspection, while Conde Nast's escaped with a mere seven points, no doubt a point of pride to the company's cafeteria-loving chairman, S.I. Newhouse.
But the cleanest cafeterias, you may not be surprised to learn, belong to two media-establishment golden children. Google earned a mere five points from inspectors (although that awful-sounding "conditions conducive to vermin" was one of its citations), while ever-punctilious Bloomberg managed a sterling four points -- surely a relief to employees there, who are strongly encouraged never to leave the building.