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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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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New Menu Labeling Requirements

Effective May 7th, 2018, the FDA will require all restaurants and other food outlets including theatres, grocery stores and vending machines with 20 or more locations to post calorie counts on their menus.  In an effort to assist the industry with compliance, the FDA has released a supplemental document outlining details along with frequently asked […]

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Ice Machines: What Every Food Service Operator Needs To Know

Believe it or not, the FDA defines ice as “food”. As such, ice contaminated by bacteria, mold and viruses can spread illness just like any other food when handled by staff or consumed by diners. Ice from contaminated ice machines is one of the most common Health Code violations, a violation that could potentially lead […]

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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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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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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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New Wood/Coal Oven Requirements

In effort to reduce pollutants released into the environment known to cause asthma and other respiratory problems, NYC has enacted new rules regarding “cook stoves” Here’s what you should know… Cook Stoves – wood or coal fired ovens Emission control device – equipment that is installed on a cook stove to reduce emissions. Section 24-149.5 […]

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