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WECT Uncovers Food Safety Violations

Topic: Investigative Reporting
Posted on 2/28/2019

Gray Television’s NBC affiliate WECT Wilmington, N.C., aired an investigative report on February 25 on local compliance with a state food refrigeration temperature law. The report found that 40 percent of inspected establishments did not meet the new requirements. North Carolina’s law officially lowering the food storage temperature from 45 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees in 2012 went into effect in 2019. Storing food above 41ºF can promote harmful bacteria growth.

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