NYC’s Foam Ban Is Here

Despite opposition and lawsuits, NYC’s Foam Ban on single-use foam products has gone into effect January 1st 2019. Here Are 5 things you need to know: All food service establishments located or operating within the 5 Boroughs of NYC cannot, use, have, sell, or offer foam food service items. The Following Items are Banned * […]

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Mobile Food Vendors and The Letter Grade System

In 2010, ALL food service establishments operating in NYC were subject to the Letter Grade System. There are 5500 mobile food vendors in NYC that prepare food, and serve it to the public every day, just like restaurants, but with less tools to ensure food safety.  The System when implemented, didn’t apply to them… until now. The […]

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Compliance Isn’t A Four Letter Word

Compliance Isn’t A Four Letter Word

When we launched Letter Grade Consulting, our goal was to help operators navigate the newly enacted Letter Grade System. We received a lot of press, publications like Crain’s, NY Times, and Wall Street Journal, to name a few. Besides understanding the types of services we would be providing, reporters wanted to interview clients, to get their feedback. […]

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4 Halloween Foodsafety Tips

4 Halloween Food Safety Tips Released By The U.S Food & Drug Administration to Keep Our Children Safe This Halloween. Make sure kids eat before they go trick- or- treating to prevent snacking on candy before it’s inspected. Tell children not to accept anything that is not commercially wrapped; If your child has food allergies, check labels to […]

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Proper Handwashing Is Key In Preventing Restaurant Illness

Just after romaine lettuce was declared safe enough to eat again, then came the contaminated eggs. And then came the cereal recall. The fact that cereal can have traces of salmonella, made me realize that nothing was safe. But no matter how unnerving that realization was, foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants still seem scariest of all. According to […]

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Airport Security Trays Carry More Germs Than Toilets

New study reveals airport security plastic trays to be the biggest culprit for spreading germs in airports. Other germ hot spots are payment terminals, children’s play areas, passport counters, tray tables, stair rails and in the air. The best way to protect yourself? Wash your hands (properly), as often as possible and have the hand sanitizer […]

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Climate Week NYC – September 24th-30th

Organized by the Climate Group in coordination with NYC and the United Nations, Climate Week NYC is a global event when the world gathers to showcase climate action and discuss how to do more. In celebration, restaurants all over NYC will be showcasing climate friendly dishes to raise awareness about the climate benefits of shifting towards […]

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Food Service Permits: Navigating In NYC

When it comes to the rules of food service permits in New York City, the Department of Health requires all food service establishments serving food to the public to have a standard operational permit (H-25). Once a space has an H-25, it must comply with article 81 of the NYC Health Code, which requires (among other things) […]

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Cracking the Health Code

Cracking the Health Code

In knowing what most often catches health inspectors’ attention, restaurants can pay particular attention to kitchen hot spots When it comes to health codes and food safety, Alex Lyudmir isn’t taking any chances. The co-owner of Rizzo’s Fine Pizza Co., a two-unit, family-owned concept that’s been dishing up pies in New York City since 1959, […]

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Creating a Food Safety Culture

One of the most important challenges that food service operators face on a daily basis is maintaining food safety. No matter how much time and money is invested on menu development, décor, and talent, it takes one incident of foodborne illness to damage a brand. We’ve all witnessed it happen time and again. The solution? […]

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