KCBS eatery in hot water

In an irony that’s almost too perfect to be true, the food commissary at KCBS-TV faces closure Friday unless the independent company that runs the facility, B-Right’s food service, ponies up $586 in annual public health license renewal and late-payment penalty fees.

This news comes on the heels of the station’s mega-hyped November sweeps investigative series on unsanitary conditions at L.A. County restaurants. The reports led to health-violations closures at eateries all over the area.

Fred MacFarlane, director of communications and public affairs for the L.A. County Dept. of Health Services, said the payment (which was due in August) must be made by today to prevent a temporary shutdown of the cafeteria.

However, MacFarlane added that the license renewal fees are a separate issue from the commissary health inspection, which he said the KCBS facility passed “with some minor violations, such as no paper towel or soap dispensers for employee hand-washing.”

Informed of the potential closure, KCBS news director Larry Perret stressed, “This has nothing whatsoever to do with our news department.”

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