Madison Salter / Staff Writer

Records from the city of Long Beach department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Environmental Health noted potentially hazardous food temperatures in January 2013.

Burritos and string cheeses were found stored above safe temperatures.

Thirteen days after the initial inspection, the potentially hazardous temperatures were corrected. Burritos, string cheeses, milks, sandwiches and yogurts were all stored in the proper temperatures.

The Viking Express opened in January 2010.

The store has been in compliance with health standards like proper food labeling and storage, waste management, and proper employee practices according to records provided by the city of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Environmental Health.

The Food Court and Viking Express both have the proper health permits to serve food.

Michael Washington, 18, a music major, said, “I go to the cafeteria at least three times a week.”
Washington said the food isn’t great, but it’s convenient for students.

From lattes to fried chicken sandwiches, the Food Court in the E Building offers students a variety of food choices.

The grab-and-go section of the Food Court features foods like packaged sandwiches and salads for students in a hurry. However, if students are not crunched for time, the Nordic Cup coffee stand inside the court serves handcrafted beverages and snacks.

Janet Sepulveda, 25, an undeclared major, said, “I don’t think they have a good selection of food. They should have healthier and tastier choices. Considering the food sucks, I’m surprised it’s so expensive.”

This semester, the Food Court has brought back the daily special. Students can savor foods like Teriyaki chicken, lasagna and enchiladas on specified days of the week.

Brian Bhiel, 21, an undeclared major, said, “I usually only take one class a day, so I don’t have time to get food on campus. I’d rather go elsewhere.”

The Food Court is open Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays 7 a.m. to noon.

Yvette Villasenor, 18, a psychology major, said, “I’ve never been to the cafeteria, but I would expect good food since they have lot of vending machines on campus.”

Richard Garcia, associate director of public relations and marketing, said, “The cafeteria staff are well trained and dedicated to meeting and exceeding the standards of the county health code.”

Garcia also said the cafeteria processes about 3,000 food tickets a day and about 50-100 students visit the cafeteria hourly.

If students are looking for a quick snack, the Viking Express in T 1305 may provide a speedy experience.
The express store is open Monday through Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays 7 a.m. -2 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p. m