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Press Release: Restaurant Association Comments on Proposed Changes to Article 81

Thursday, January 29, 2015  
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Further discussion needs to take place on changes mandating fish freezing, single service dispensing, and other requirements


NEW YORK — Today, Thursday, January 29 at 2:00 p.m., the New York State Restaurant Association will be attending the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH&MH) hearing on proposed changes to Article 81 of the New York City Health Code. The DOH&MH is hoping to clarify specific requirements that are already being enforced during routine inspections.


View more details about the hearing >>


The Association has been working to ensure the DOH&MH is hearing and incorporating feedback from our member restaurants into the letter-grading and inspection process. The main objection of the Association deals with the proposed adoption of new fish freezing practices.


"This is a solution in search of a problem,” commented Chris Hickey, NYC Regional Director for the New York State Restaurant Association. “No cases have been reported that warrant adoption of this rule and if implemented would force restaurateurs to make large investments in new freezer infrastructure.”


Other concerns on proposed changes include pre-inspection openings, fresh juices, single service dispensing, and chemical sanitizers.


View comments submitted by the New York State Restaurant Association >>


“As a restaurant owner I want the Department of Health letter-grading process to be as efficient, consistent, fair, and effective as possible,” said Brian Keyser, owner of Casellula Wine Bar. “It’s been getting better, but there is still room to improve and the New York State Restaurant Association gives restaurants a voice in the ongoing efforts to improve the inspection process.”


Earlier this month the Association provided restaurants in New York City with an overview of all the major changes and kept them up-to-date on details regarding the hearing so that restaurants could submit comments during the rule making process.


View overview of proposed major changes to Article 81 >>


About New York State Restaurant Association

The New York State Restaurant Association’s mission is to help restaurateurs succeed. The Association is the first place owners and managers turn to gain a competitive edge, by taking advantage of: cost saving benefits, education, and advocacy. From hosting networking and educational events to actively participating in the state and local government, the Association is the ‘go-to’ for all restaurant related information and needs.



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