New York State food inspections are behind according to a recent audit. The Department of Agriculture and Markets respond first to consumer complaints. They have to prioritize. The problem stems from having only 82 inspectors. That is almost 40 percent below the recommended number of staff. They have gotten so behind that they have allowed 5 thousand businesses to operate last year without updated inspections. The department’s spokesperson says the delayed inspections are mostly for low-risk establishments like retail pharmacy chains.