Agnes Scott requests Health Department inspection after student complaints about campus snack bar

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 13, 2015
Looking across the quad at Agnes Scott College. Photo by Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Looking across the quad at Agnes Scott College. Photo by Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Students at Agnes Scott College picked a food fight with the college administration after one student reported finding a roach in her sandwich.

According to a petition, the incident occurred at Mollie’s Bakery Cafe, a snack bar located in the Alston Campus Center.

“Yesterday (4/8/2015), a student found a roach in a sandwich she ordered from Mollies,” the petition says. “This is absolutely unacceptable and poses a Public Health risk to our community.”

The petition has 304 signatures as of Monday morning.

“Agnes Scott Students are forced to pay for a meal plan that provides them with unsafe and unsanitary food,” wrote petition signer Hannah Rudolph. “If the college is so unwilling to allow students to opt to eat off campus, then it must provide food options that are healthy or, at the very least, sanitary. There are a grand total of two places to get food on campus, there are plenty of resources to fix this issue. Students shouldn’t feel apprehensive about something as routine as a meal out of fear that they might become seriously ill.”

Agnes Scott spokesperson J.D. Fite said the snack bar has passed its recent health inspections.

“I cannot verify the veracity of the claims the students make,” he said. “I can say that the dining facility in question gets unannounced health inspections every 4-6 months and has always passed these inspections. In response to the original student’s claim, we ordered an immediate pest control service and no pests were found.”

The Health Department records don’t show a report for Mollie’s, but do have a report for “Alston Campus Snack Bar” which has the same address as Mollie’s. The most recent health score was an 82, or a B, from an inspection conducted in January.

Here are the scores for the Alston Campus Snack Bar since 2012:

2014:  85

2013 (Two inspections in 2013):

Inspection date:

1/22/2013 – 88

8/28/2013 – 80

2012: 93

Fite said that the college is asking for the Health Department to conduct a full inspection in response to the petition.

“In addition, we’re setting up in-service training with the Health Department for all food service workers to ensure that food safety training is thorough and ongoing,” Fite said. “Our food service staff will continue to follow strict procedures for food preparation and will continue to review daily checklists to ensure that equipment is maintained and operating correctly. College leadership is also meeting with concerned students to explore additional ways in which the college can better serve their needs.”

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