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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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New NYC Legislation Requires Gender Neutral Bathrooms

New NYC Legislation Requires Gender Neutral Bathrooms – June 28, 2016 A new law signed by Mayor Deblasio requires single occupant restrooms in public places like restaurants and bars to be gender neutral. The Rule Effective January 2017 all single occupant bathrooms should be made available for use by persons of any sex (Article 315 […]

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RAW OR UNDERCOOKED MENU WARNINGS AS OF JANUARY 1ST, 2016

New Health Warning As of January 1st 2016, Sec. 81.11 of the New York Health Code mandates that all food service establishments serving meat,fish, molluscan shellfish or unpasteurized raw shell eggs raw or undercooked (prepared below a temperture required by the Code) must include specific written  language on their menus. Old Health Warning Although warnings were always […]

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COMPLYING WITH SMOKING LAWS

The NYC Department of Health requires every food service establishment to post a sign along with a non smoking policy. The sign now includes E-cigarette language.  Although non compliance does not carry any violation points, money fines will be assessed. Download both the sign and the language below and post immediately. Make sure that the sign is printed with a color […]

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5 REASONS WHY RESTAURANTS NEED TO CONDUCT INDEPENDENT MOCK INSPECTIONS MONTHLY

A mock inspection is an unannounced inspection simulated to recreate a Department of Health (DOHMH) Inspection. Why is it important for restaurants and all food service establishments to get independent mock inspections every month? We get asked this question all the time… Besides the fact that they are the key to that coveted “A” letter grade […]

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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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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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