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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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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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Air Conditioners and Open Doors… The Scoop

It was enacted to benefit the environment,  Local Law 092 of 2015 prohibited businesses from keeping doors open when air conditioning was on.  As a result, restaurant operators were prevented from providing patrons with a dining experience that included open doors. Hopefully change is on the way…here’s the scoop: Local Law 092 of 2015 In […]

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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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