How clean is your favorite restaurant?
From greasy dishes and mice droppings to overflowing trash and dead insects, Wake County health inspectors found more than 105,000 violations at area restaurants and dining areas since 2016.
The data include inspections of school lunchrooms, meat markets, food stands and push carts.
Most violations dealt with potentially contaminated surfaces that could come into contact with food. Thousands of others dealt with food not cooked long or hot enough - a misstep that could make diners ill.
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More than 1,000 violations found the presence of insects, rodents or “unauthorized animals.”
“Mouse droppings in cabinets by the drive through window. Strong rodent odor at the cabinets below the dining area soda station. Increase pest control measures,” wrote an county worker after investigating a Jersey Mike’s in Cary last year.