Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act

NYC’s New Sexual Harassment training requirements bill is aimed at preventing sexual harassment in the work place. The package of 11 bills will require all private employers with more than 15 workers to use model policies and training programs created by the NYS Department of Labor, increase the statute of limitations for filing claims, (read […]

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Why Do NYC Restaurants Have A Letter Grade System?

The Letter Grade System was enacted to decrease foodborne illness, promote sanitary practices and create transparency for diners. While the Letter Grade System has achieved those goals since its inception, fines for violations have created additional financial burdens for many NYC restaurant operators already battling an extremely competitive environment. Preventing violations is key… Know the Rules […]

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NYC Uses Review Sites and Social Media Platforms to ID Foodborne Illness

Since 2012, the Department of Health has been using a machine learning algorithm jointly created by Columbia University’s Department of Computer Science and New York City’s Department of Health to track instances of foodborne illness based on keywords found in Yelp restaurant reviews.   “On line restaurant review sites are popular and many people are more […]

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Food Temperature Violations: Using Time As A Control

Temperature is a critical violation that is taken seriously by inspectors. Proper temperature is a big deal for good reason. Food that is out of temperature can result in a “B” grade, render food unsafe to eat and lead to closure. Food must NEVER be out unless in active use or being cooked. “In use” means […]

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The U.S. Officially Declares an End to The Leafy Green Outbreak

On January 25th, 2017, after 2 months of investigations, the U.S Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Association (FDA) declared an end to a deadly Ecoli Outbreak that killed 2 people, hospitalized 22 and sickened many more across the U.S and Canada.. Although U.S officials have not been able to identify […]

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Avoid Cross Contamination On Your Cutting Boards

Recent reports claim that 80% of store bought chicken is contaminated with Salmonella…. Yummy! …Not!!! Cross contamination is one of the leading causes of foodborne illness and cutting boards are a major culprit.  Keeping that chicken separate from vegetables is not only a good idea it could be a life saving one. Choosing the right board, […]

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Since When Is “Passing” Good Enough?

Growing up in my house, a passing grade was never good enough. Passing meant you just made it, there was no effort, you could have done better but you didn’t try, you didn’t prepare. And maybe, on some rare occasions that wasn’t true, but most of the time it was. Although getting a letter grade […]

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2018 Top Women in Metro New York Foodservice & Hospitality

Highlighting women in food service, publishers Leslie and Fred Klashman have dedicated the December issue of TFS to the impact women have had on the industry.  Once dominated by men, it is truly inspiring to see women in top level positions.  CEO’s, educators, chefs, designers, consultants, decision makers.  Its obvious that women have come a […]

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“The Exposed Pipe Violation” – The Not so Common…Common DOHMH Violation

“Uninsulated exposed overhead pipes observed above a dishwasher in the basement”. “Uninsulated exposed overhead pipes observed above a reach-in freezer and 2-door refrigerator in the kitchen”. You have been operating for years and never received this violation…until you did. Sound familiar? Now what? Most of our Clients first turn to their architects. Their architect swears these […]

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NYC’s New Business Recycling Rules

The rules of commercial recycling have changed.  As of August 1st 2017, the Department of Sanitation has officially started enforcement of those rules. Businesses now have the primary burden to properly separate recyclables and make arrangements for their collection.  In addition, they must- Contract with a private carter and devise a plan; Obtain registration if […]

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