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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Top Women in Metro New York Foodservice & Hospitality 2018

Top Women in Metro New York Foodservice & Hospitality 2018

As we get set to reflect on 2017 and welcome in 2018, it dawned on us that many of the significant stories that we covered this year shared a common theme: women in foodservice! From the election of Victoria Vega to the leadership position at SHFM (Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management) to the $2.4 billion dollar […]

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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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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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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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