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5 Ways Restaurant Operators Can Prevent Food Borne Illness In The Front Of The House

It seems as if the focus is always on preventing food borne illness in the back of the house.  However, food service establishments must not forget that food borne illness from cross contamination can easily occur in the front of the house.    The following are 5 ways to practice food safety in the front of […]

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5 Facts About Accepting Settlements For Restaurant Inspection Violations

Accepting a settlement in order to pay a reduced fine for a violation received during a DOH Inspection is the same as pleading guilty. Restaurant operators accepting a settlement, cannot request a hearing. Even if a settlement offer was not received by mail, you may still be able to settle without having to see a Settlement Officer, by […]

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5 Ways To Help Prevent Cross Contamination In Food Service Establishments

Preventing cross contamination is critical in preventing food borne illness .  The Following are five ways to keep your restaurants free of violations and your patrons safe: 1. Any surface that comes into contact with food must be cleaned.  In order to properly clean food contact surfaces remember to: wash sanitize dry 2. All wiping […]

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5 Changes To Inspection Fines Every Restaurant Operator Needs To Know About

1. Fines for violations are now fixed: All violations have set fines listed in the NYC DOH Penalty Schedule. 2.  Hearing examiners will no longer determine fines at hearings. 3. The hearing examiner at the (OATH ) Health Tribunal, will only decide whether to uphold a certain violation. 4.  Fine Waiver – If ALL of the following conditions […]

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10 Things You Need To Know About NYC Oath Health Tribunals:

In the event that an inspection leads to violations, you will get a letter in the mail offering a settlement for a smaller amount.  DO NOT automatically accept settlements.   Although there are some violations that cannot be fought, based on our experience, defending the violations at a hearing will often result in a reduction of […]

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Top 10 Daily Protocols That Every Restaurant Operator Should Follow

These simple steps will prevent potential violations, save money, prevent foodborne illness and help you receive and maintain the “A” letter grade on your door. 1.  Keep the following logs daily: sweeping logs (at least 4 times a day) Check food temperature and keep logs (recommended at least every hour) 2.  Check the following daily: […]

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Letter Grades Make It To Yelp Via Google Chrome Extension

It has been almost a year since Yelp made an announcement about incorporating Health Department Letter Grades into their customer reviews.  Although Yelp has this feature available in other cities, letter grades have not yet made it to Yelp’s NY review pages.  Why letter grades haven’t made their debut yet is anyone’s guess.  However, thanks […]

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Turkey ..With A Side Of Salmonella?!

Thanksgiving is here…how are we going to cook the turkey this year? Should we try deep frying? How about some new sides? Since sriracha is the new black..could we add it to one of our dishes? How about salty caramel ice cream for desert? So many things to consider..So many exciting new dishes to try. […]

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According To The NYC Health Code …Wearing Gloves Is Not Required..!?!?

Hand Washing & Glove Use for Food Workers – Questions and Answers   Q. What is the main reason for washing hands and not touching ready-to-eat food with bare hands? A. The main reason for not touching ready-to-eat foods with bare hands is to prevent viruses and bacteria that are present in your body from […]

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100 Random NYC Restaurant Patrons Asked What The “Grade Pending” Sign Means…Survey Says…

100  New Yorkers surveyed .. Top 5 answers on the Board Here’s the Question… What Does a  “Grade Pending” sign on the door of a restaurant mean? The following are the top 5 answers… the place is dirty  its worse then an A,B, or C there are mice Don’t eat there Not sure And now […]

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