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La Crosse area restaurant inspections: 397 violations at 82 establishments

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Public health officials found an average of 2.8 code violations during inspections of 82 Coulee Region restaurants from the beginning of July through September.

There were a total of 397 violations reported at 82 establishments in La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, Jackson and Vernon counties, according to records provided by state and county health departments.

There were 19 restaurants with no code infractions reported during regular annual inspections and one that was cleared in complaint-driven visits. Another three were violation-free in follow ups to inspections done earlier this year.

The most commonly reported violation involved storing foods at too warm a temperature.

The records, obtained through open-records requests, were added to the La Crosse Tribune’s online restaurant inspection database, which includes all inspection reports since 2013 at restaurants in Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon counties.

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Restaurants are typically inspected once per year, though some with serious violations receive follow-up visits.

An inspection represents a snapshot in time, and violations are often corrected on the spot. Performance is best measured over multiple inspections.

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Data, interactive and video journalist

Elizabeth Beyer is the agriculture, data, interactive, audio and video journalist with the La Crosse Tribune.

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Elizabeth Beyer: Where's the link to the database in this article?

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