You might think of it as the restaurant industry’s version of the prison documentary, “Scared Straight!”
On the first Tuesday and third Thursday of every month, Hamilton County’s Public Health Department offers a $20 food safety course with two hours of nasty photographic evidence of things that go wrong in restaurants.
This is not for those with weak stomachs.
“Does anyone know what the pathogen of concern is here?” asked Mandy Bartel, a public health inspector who taught the Feb. 20 Level 1 “food handler” course. She asked the question as she displayed a picture of a large can of soy sauce on an overhead projector.
“Botulism, right,” she said to the budding restaurateur who answered correctly.
WCPO Insiders can read what Reporter Dan Monk learned from the experience.