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Most Restaurants Ace Their Health Inspections, but a Few Still Get Unsavory Grades

Most Restaurants Ace Their Health Inspections, but a Few Still Get Unsavory Grades

City’s grading system brought improvements, says health department, but some patrons seek out the ‘C’ ratings. I was tickled when my friend Dyske posted a photo on Facebook recently featuring a local restaurant displaying an orange “C” letter grade in its window. “C is for Character,” Dyske wrote, and went on to praise grimy restaurants […]

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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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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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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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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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New NYC Calorie Labeling Requirements For Chain Food Establishments

As per the NYC Health Code’s calorie labeling requirements, all chain restaurants must now post new information statements and change the way some calorie information is posted. If you have 15 or more food service locations under the same name, you are considered a chain restaurant. While the FDA will not begin enforcement of similar […]

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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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