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Publisher’s Platform: Author blames food “Bourne” illness on Chipotle


On July 7th shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill were trading below $400 following a tweet by Eric Van Lustbader, author of the Jason Bourne series, indicating that eating at a Manhattan-based restaurant location resulted in the hospitalization of his editor.Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold responded: “we are aware of the post made on Twitter, however there have been… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Chicken Little syndrome hits Chipotle via Twitter


Media outlets and the Twittersphere are indulging in a feeding frenzy about illnesses possibly linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in New York City, but health officials say no confirmed cases have been reported. Chipotle’s corporate spokesman also says the aren’t any reports of illnesses from the burrito chain’s more than 60 locations in the… Continue Reading

New York City to Require Freezing Fish Before Serving It Raw

Beginning in August, New York City will require that fish served raw in restaurants be frozen before serving, according to The New York Times. For purist diners of sushi and sashimi who may take offense at the idea of their fresh catch coming from a freezer, the new food safety law is meant to ensure… Continue Reading

Exotic Kosher Cuisine Event in New York City Results in Illness Outbreak

Approximately 20 people have reported symptoms of foodborne illness after attending an event at a Manhattan synagogue dedicated to exotic kosher cuisine, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The incident, which occurred on May 5, is under investigation by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The event showcased rarely consumed foods… Continue Reading

New York City’s Ban on Oversized Sodas is Dead

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

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

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


(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

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

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