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DOH Letter Grade Reform

By NYC Hospitality Alliance

April 28, 2017

DOH Letter Grade reforms have been introduced in the City Council and The Alliance will testify for changes that will reduce regulatory burdens while maintaining high food safety standards. Join us Wednesday, May 10th at 10am at City Hall.

DOH Letter Grade reforms have been introduced in the City Council and The Alliance will testify for changes that will reduce regulatory burdens while maintaining high food safety standards. You can testify or show up too to support the reforms at a public hearing on Wednesday, May 3rd @ 10:00am at City Hall.
 
Here's what you need to know:
 
The NYC Hospitality Alliance led the charge that reduced Health Department fines by approximately $20 million, all while ensuring high food safety standards. We're happy to announce the City Council has now proposed new legislation that if passed will: 

 1. Provide restaurants with due process. If a restaurant receives 14+ points on their initial inspection they will have a hearing before the re-inspection is conducted. If the hearing results in fewer than 14 points the restaurant will be awarded an A letter grade, be inspected again in one-year, and pay no fines. If the hearing results in 14+ points only then will a re-inspection that determines the letter grade be conducted. This means every year thousands of sanitary restaurants will receive due process as provided by the American legal system, pay less in fines, forgo unnecessary inspections, and the Health Department will free up resources to focus greater attention on restaurants where sanitary problems exist. Click to read

2.  A number of violations will have their points eliminated so they are not calculated as part of the letter grade system. But they will remain as violations.  Click to read
 
If you will testify in support of these two proposals your comments should read no longer than two-minutes in length. You may also address any other concerns you have with the Health Department and Letter Grade system.
 
Contact arigie@theNYCalliance.org if you plan to testify, attend or have any questions.
 
You may also be interested in commenting on two additional proposals at the hearing:
 
1. Requirement that mobile vendors post sanitary letter grades. Click to read
 
2. Requirement that restaurants post a sign warning about the risks of excessive sugar and carbohydrates intake. Click to read

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