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Health Inspectors Describe the Nastiest Things They've Found in Restaurants

Updated July 1, 2019 30.4k votes 3.8k voters 133.7k views17 items

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When going out to eat, your main concern is probably what's on the menu, not what you can't see: the state of the restaurant's kitchen. But as this list of the nastiest things health inspectors have found in kitchens illustrates, maybe you should be a little more concerned about the folks preparing your meal and what they're doing (or not doing) beyond the dining room. 

Health inspectors, champions of the public's health and safety, at times have a pretty disgusting job, oddly similar to crime scene photographers and professionals who come into contact with skin

This rundown of gross health inspector discoveries comes courtesy of Reddit. There, inspectors themselves share the downright ickiest things they've come across. Be warned: most of these stories aren't for the faint of heart - or the light of stomach.

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    Baby Mice In The Soda Syrup

    From Redditor /u/andibandy:

    Just last week, I saw two baby mice drowning in soda syrup.

    Is this disgusting?
  • 6

    No Doors On The Sushi Refrigerator

    From a former Redditor:

    I did an internship with an inspector and did ride-alongs. One sushi place was so horrible, I couldn't believe it. Not only was there dust/dirt/grease crap everywhere, but there were also no doors on the refrigerators and only a piece of Styrofoam over the freezer doors. Keep in mind this place sold sushi. It was horrible.

    Not surprisingly, the reason there was an inspection was reports of parasites in recent customers.

    Is this disgusting?
  • 7

    Bleach In The Milk Tank

    From Redditor /u/karadan100:

    Used to have a job working as an inspector for storage tanks at places like dairies and factories. Went to a cheesecake factory once [Note: an actual factory where cheesecake is made, not the popular restaurant chain] to test a milk storage tank. It had just been cleaned and was being prepped to be filled with a tanker full of milk. I noticed the floor of the tank was covered in bleach.

    It turned out the floor manager couldn't be [bothered] to spend the time sucking out the rest of the cleaning fluid used in the cleaning process and, as standard, just filled the tank with milk on top of a dozen gallons of bleach.

    Is this disgusting?
  • 8

    Snake Droppings In A Salad

    From Redditor /u/bezzella:

    I found snake sh*t in this super-organic salad shop.

    Is this disgusting?