Carnival Ship Flunks Health Inspection, Including for 'Roach Nymph'

Image: Carnival Ship Flunks Health Inspection, Including for 'Roach Nymph' The Carnival Fascination, seen here in Key West, Florida, February 18, 2013.

Friday, 12 Apr 2013 01:20 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Carnival's cruise ship Fascination flunked a federal health inspection that turned up live flies, dried food waste, and a 'roach nymph' on the 2,056-passenger vessel.

The inspection by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was made public this week, came after months of negative media coverage of the cruise line.

Incidents have included Carnival's Triumph being adrift off Mexico in February and later breaking loose from its berth in heavy wind in April.

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All ships docked in U.S. ports receive two annual inspections by the CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program. The vessels are graded on a 100-point scale, with any score below 86 considered failing. Carnival's Fascination received a score of 84, reported USA Today.

Among the violations noted by CDC inspectors were a lack of chlorination at the ship's water park, insufficient lighting in areas in which food-related items are cleaned, and no sneeze shield protectors above the salad bar.

"At the hamburger grill, there was a large fly around the uncovered raw hamburger patties. The area was open during the inspection," noted the report.

Flies were also spotted underneath the kitchen counter along with "dried food" where, according to the CDC report, "It appeared that the food waste was leaking through the sealant."

On the ship's deck, four more flies were observed beneath a juice dispenser, which appeared to be sharing the space with a "roach nymph" – a juvenile roach.

Vance Gulliksen, a Carnival spokesman, told USA Today that Carnival ship's rarely fail CDC inspections.

"In the past five years, no Carnival ship has failed a U.S.P.H (U.S. Public Health) inspection and the fleet's average score during that time period is 97," Gulliksen said. "The average over 20 inspections already conducted in 2013 is 97.2."

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Gulliksen added, "corrective action was taken immediately, with several issues being resolved during the inspection and all issues resolved within 24 hours of the inspection."

A re-inspection of the ship has been requested by Carnival "as soon as possible," said Gulliksen.

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