Salt Wars

On February 10th, 2017, the State Appelate Divison, ruled that NYC Board of Health acted constitutionally and within its authority when it ordered *chain restaurants to put a salt warning label on all foods that have more than a days worth of sodium content.  Sounds like a lot of salt, actually it’s about a teaspoon. […]

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Dining with Service and Companion Dogs

What every food service operator needs to know about Dining with Service and Companion Dogs **Service dogs – Any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability **Companion dogs- Pets The Breakdown PHL Sec.1352-e gives owners the option to allow companion dogs in […]

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Open City: The Roast Duck Bureaucracy

Open City: The Roast Duck Bureaucracy

The Roast Duck Bureaucracy About a decade ago, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) began to puzzle over a strange and disturbing sight: whole, roasted ducks, hanging by their necks in the windows of Manhattan’s Chinatown. “The health department had nothing to go with in terms of how they should react towards it,” recalled […]

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Crain’s: Chinatown restaurants get bad grades

Crain’s: Chinatown restaurants get bad grades

Chinatown restaurants get bad grades Chinatown’s Buddha Bodai stands out in its crowded neighborhood. In a community where few restaurateurs speak fluent English, Buddha Bodai’s co-owner Kent Zhang is the exception. The eatery is also among the minority in the area to accept credit cards, and its menu—both kosher and vegetarian—has earned it plenty of […]

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China Daily: Chinatown restaurants learn how to get an ‘A’

China Daily: Chinatown restaurants learn how to get an ‘A’

Between July 2012 and March 2013, New York restaurants paid $30.3 million in health inspection fines. Of the 293 restaurants in Manhattan’s Chinatown district, the total in fines was about $600,000. “For such a small restaurant community, that amount is really significant,” Rada Tarnovsky, a New York attorney and president of Letter Grade Consulting, told […]

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Good Morning America: ‘GMA’ Investigates: How Clean Is Your Kitchen?

Good Morning America: ‘GMA’ Investigates: How Clean Is Your Kitchen?

ABC News’ Amanda Keegan and Dr. Richard Besser report: ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos Many cities across the country are adopting a letter-grade inspection system that requires restaurant operators to post publicly their health inspection grades for all to see. But what about your own kitchen at home? “GMA” Investigates decided to give […]

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