Silversea ship fails health inspection

By Tom Stieghorst
Inspectors for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control gave the Silversea Cruises ship Silver Shadow an unsatisfactory grade and criticized the ship's crew for trying to hide problems.

A CDC report said an "organized effort" was made to remove 15 full trolleys of food and utensils from the galley and hide it in 10 cabins shared by galley crew members to avoid having it inspected.

The food included cooked foods, raw meat, pasteurized eggs, cheeses and raw fruits and vegetables.

All of the potentially hazardous food was discarded, the report said, and the lead investigator poured chlorine over the foods as they were dumped into garbage bags to be sure they were not used again.

Silver Shadow received an 82 score in the inspection; scores below 85 are considered unsatisfactory. The inspection occurred on June 17 while the ship was in Alaska.

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