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New York City’s Ban on Oversized Sodas is Dead

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New York City’s Board of Health “exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority” when it sought to ban the sale of super-sized sodas, the state’s highest appeals court ruled Thursday. In a 20-page decision, Judge Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., of the New York State Court of Appeals passed on an opportunity to reinstate a ban… Continue Reading

NYC Uses Yelp Reviews to Track Foodborne Illnesses

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Last September, Food Safety News reported on Yelp’s efforts to start posting health grades on its restaurant pages. Now health officials are experimenting with using Yelp reviews to track down foodborne illness outbreaks. While investigating a recent outbreak, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) noticed that diners had reported illnesses… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters Follow Imported Fish Blocked at Border After Failing Lab Tests

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Three New York importers of fish and fishery products have a lot in common. Their dried filefish, dried anchovy fish, and herring filets were all refused entry into the U.S. based on testing by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratories. Then FDA inspected their facilities and sent them warning letters calling for immediate correction… Continue Reading

The ABCs of New York City’s Restaurant Grades: Part 4

Opinion

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(This editorial is part of a series. You can find earlier entries here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.) Per Se, an upscale and expensive restaurant in Manhattan, found itself on ABC News recently – not for the great food, but for the less-than-stellar health inspection it received on Feb. 19, 2014. This disclosure went… Continue Reading

NYC Hawaiian Restaurant Patrons Warned of Hepatitis A Exposure

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An employee and four customers of New Hawaii Sea restaurant in New York City have tested positive for hepatitis A, prompting the city’s health department to urge customers who ate at the restaurant or through their catering service between Sept. 7 and 19 to receive a hepatitis A vaccination. The restaurant is located at 1475… Continue Reading

NYC Hep A Scare Leads to Vaccination Recommendation

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After a New York City food market worker reported a case of Hepatitis A, health officials are recommending that any customers who consumed chopped, ready-to-eat fruit at the store or via catering or delivery between Aug. 9 and Aug. 22 get vaccinated. The Westside Market on Manhattan’s Upper West Side sold the fruit (cut watermelon,… Continue Reading

The ABCs of New York City’s Restaurant Grades: Part 3

Opinion

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There’s been  some good news for restaurant operators in New York City. Food safety fines will be reduced. The $50 million-a-year revenue will now be brought down to an estimated $30 million. (What’s $20 million between friends anyway?) In addition, grade standards will be reassessed, an office will be created to mediate between operators and… Continue Reading

The ABCs of New York City’s Restaurant Grades: Part 2

Opinion

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In “The ABCs of New York Restaurant Grades,” I highlighted the pros and cons of how the system works. After viewing a recent news cast on how some restaurants are not posting their grades properly for public view at their locations, I felt compelled to comment on the issue. Restaurants that do not conspicuously post their… Continue Reading

Dessert Followed By a Hepatitis A Shot?

Not exactly what diners at an NYC restaurant had in mind

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What could be better than dining with friends or family at a popular upscale candlelit restaurant in New York City — a restaurant with an “A” sanitation grade from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene? While that’s how the story began for many of the people who ate at Alta restaurant in the… Continue Reading