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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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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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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Letter Grades may be coming to the streets of NYC

Food trucks and carts are subject to inspections by the Department of health, however unlike restaurants the results are not posted for public view. That is about to change … The City Council unanimously voted in favor of bill number 1456 that will require food trucks and carts to adhere to the letter grade system […]

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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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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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