Jon Costa, the food safety manager (no former) for Aramark, the food service vendor at both Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums in Kansas City, went public last November with some stomach-churning food safety violations at the side-by-side stadiums where the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, respectively, play NFL football and Major League Baseball.
He has now been fired by Aramark Sports & Entertainment.
Costa, himself a former health department inspector, grew concerned about what Aramark, the Chiefs, and Royals were allowing at the stadiums last year. When the World Series ended, he documented those concerns for the local health department and copied the media.
The Kansas City Health Department followed up with a November 3 inspection of both stadiums and found violations at 20 of 26 food service stands, including 37 critical violations. Mold growth, filth and excessive fruit flies marked the inspections.
Aramark, in a recent letter obtained by ESPN’s Outside the Lines unit, reportedly fired Costa “for cause” on March 17, claiming that he violated the stadium food company’s policy by using the media to warn the public about alleged food safety problems.
No good turn goes unpunished.