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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

Westside Market

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



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



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


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

Manhattan Restaurant Patrons Exposed to Hepatitis A


Patrons who ate dessert purchased from Alta Restaurant located at 64th West and 10th Street in New York City’s West Village are at risk for developing hepatitis A infections, according to a press release issued by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Friday. According to a Health Department press release,… Continue Reading

NYC’s Ban on Supersized Sugary Drinks Holds No Legal Water, Judge Says


New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban sugary drinks over 16 ounces – passed by the city’s Board of Health last year – was struck down by a judge this week. The so-called Portion Cup Rule, which was set to take effect Tuesday, would have applied to fast food and sit down restaurants, movie… Continue Reading