Multiple Health Inspection Fails at the Chicago O’Hare Delta Sky Club

The Delta SkyClub at Chicago O’Hare’s terminal 2 near gate E6 was closed when it failed a health inspection on October 23.

Chicago’s food inspections July 1 to present shows the conditions that were discovered as inspection 2230167.

OBSERVED BLACK SLIMY SUBSTANCES ON INTERIOR WATER COMPONENTS OF THE ICE MACHINE,DRIPPING INTO ICE ‘ICE IS USED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION’ ALSO,OBSERVED A BLACK,MOLD-LIKE SUBSTANCE BUILT UP ON CORNERS OF ICE DISPENSER UNIT AT CUSTOMER AREA. MANAGEMENT WAS INSTRUCTED TO TURN OFF MACHINE, REMOVE ICE AND HAVE INTERIOR OF ICE MACHINE CLEANED AND SANITIZED AND MAINTAIN. PRIORITY FOUNDATION VIOLATION 7-38-005,CITATION ISSUED.

OBSERVED LIVE FRUIT FLIES IN THE REAR DRY GOOD STORAGE AREA/SERVICE MOP SINK AREA. APPROXIMATELY 15 LIVE FRUIT FLIES WERE OBSERVED ON THE WALLS, CEILING AND CEILING TILES, AND EQUIPMENTS IN THE REAR DRY GOOD STORAGE AREA/SERVICE MOP SINK AREA.INSTRUCTED TO DETAIL CLEAN AND SANITIZE ALL AFFECTED AREAS AND MAINTAIN. ADDITIONAL PEST CONTROL SERVICE IS NEEDED TO MINIMIZE OR ELIMINATE THE PEST ACTIVITY. PRIORITY FOUNDATION VIOLATION 7-38-020(A),CITATION ISSUED.

INSTRUCTED TO RE-CAULK AND MAINTAIN WORNED-OUT BLACKENED CAULKING ALONG THE DISH MACHINE AT REAR PREP AREA.

SHELFS IN WALK-IN-COOLER REQUIRE A DETAIL CLEANING TO REMOVE FOOD DEBRI RESIDUE AND OTHER DEBRIS AND TO MAINTAIN.

INSTRUCTED TO REMOVE EXCESSIVE DUSTS ACCUMULATIONS ON VENTILATION COVER IN MENS WASHROOM AND TO MAINTAIN.

INSTRUCTED TO DETAIL CLEAN AND MAINTAIN FLOORS ALONG THE WALLS AND IN ALL CORNERS IN WALK-IN COOLER, AND FLOORS/FLOOR DRAIN ALONG THE WALLS IN REAR DRY GOOD STORAGE AREA UNDERNEATH THE COCA COLA FOUNTAIN DRINK STATION.

PERSON(S) THAT HAVE A CITY OF CHICAGO FOOD SANITATION CERTIFICATE MUST ALSO HAVE A FOOD ALLERGEN TRAINING/CERTIFICATE AND MAINTAIN.


Delta Sky Club entrance New York JFK Terminal 2

Searching earlier inspections the Delta Sky Club appears to have failed October 7, 2016, February 7, 2017, and October 16, 2017. When they’ve passed inspection several high risk items were identified as well.

You can learn more about these past health inspection fails by searching either for Delta Sky Club or license 1356711.

(HT: Doctor of Credit)

Update: A Delta spokesperson offers, “All feedback was promptly addressed following last week’s inspection. The ORD Delta Sky Club has continuously operated under normal business hours.”

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Comments

  1. Gary, I’m the one that sent this to Will @ DoC. I figured this was up your alley. I was looking for your email, but couldn’t find it. Do you have an email to forward tips to?

  2. Not sure which is scarier, the disgusting hygiene of this club or the fact that we have illiterate inspectors writing up reports. Makes me feel all worned out.

  3. Just imagine what’s on their planes in the way of food and beverage /sanitary conditions
    Only 500,000 sky pesos one way to Sydney in their sub par business class and free poisonings

  4. Classic:

    SkyClub membership offers no guest access unless you buy the super expensive one – check.
    Have to fly on delta now to get in – check.
    Fly Delta, probably get a 25+ year old 757/767/MD-88 – check.
    Mold in your ice – check.
    All those skypesos you’ll never use – priceless.

  5. Gary, how do other Delta and other airlines’ lounges fare? A one off report is interesting (and disturbing) but lacks the context: is it a one off poorly managed lounge or is this a commonplace occurence across carriers and their lounges?

  6. Good to know, but these reasons are largely chickenshit. Fruit flies by a mop sink? They must have pissed someone off.

  7. Christien these comments are NOT cjickenshit because if you had flies on your food you would not be eating it. Health inspections are done for a reason and that is so the public does not get poised by food and DIES. If you have never worked on a restaurant you have no idea how bad it can get. And how easy it is for cleaning to be skipped

  8. @Tomri – You’re right that sanitation is important. The thing is, while annoying and unpleasant, fruit flies by a mop sink in no way make a restaurant unsanitary. Further, when you mention flies in your food, hopefully you’re not eating in the mop sink. Finally, I’ve worked in restaurants since I was 15, and the places I’ve worked have consistently gotten good health scores. Sadly though, I do know how bad it is in some places.

  9. @Christian the last time I checked congress did not approve the “Wall” between the mop sink area and food prep. Thus the Fruit Flies have the right to fly any where they want in a kitchen and jump borders with out a passport.

    Drosophila is typically used in research because it can be readily reared in the laboratory, has only four pairs of chromosomes, breeds quickly, and lays many eggs. Its geographic range includes all continents, including islands. D. melanogaster is a common pest in homes, restaurants, and other places where food is served.[

  10. Fruit flies can make you sick. You wouldn’t want fruit flies landing on a sponge used to clean a toilet and stored in the mop sink. Then the fruit flies with poopy legs flies to your food in the Delta SkyClub and deposits pathogenic microorganisms while walking on your meatballs, mac and cheese, Thai lemongrass curry soup, cold salad bar, chocolate chip cookies, brownie bites, pita chips, or sesame crackers. It is no wonder the health department was concerned. Bon Appétit.

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