Chi-Town Daily News took a walk with some of the 60 or so inspectors whose job it is to make sure any food-borne illness is squashed before it becomes an outbreak. Inspectors are working in shifts at this year's Taste, visiting each of the 56 food booths about four times a day. They stick their thermometers where some restaurant managers sometimes wish they wouldn't, and make them throw out food if it hasn't been kept hot or cold enough.
It does tend to make you feel better that the city is taking health concerns at the Taste so seriously. But we wonder -- can they also throw out the hairy-shouldered guy who came to gnaw on a turkey leg in public, but left his shirt at home? When the city has inspectors for that, it might actually make the Taste an experience everyone could stomach.