State bill to mandate grocery store health inspections be made available online

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Gristedes surveyDecember 26, 2013- We previously reported how different the grocery store health inspection process was from the restaurant inspection process. The state agriculture department governs the grocery store inspections, whereas the city oversees restaurants with the infamous window-posted letter grades. Moreover, no information can be found on grocery store inspections. Therefore, delis and other “restaurants” within a grocery store are often disgusting.

A state bill aims to change that. A political blog reports, “Before making that coveted New York City dinner reservation, diners can look up their restaurant of choice online and see how many mouse droppings — or other unsanitary violations — were found there.

Customers do not have the same opportunity when it comes to other food establishments they frequent. Bakeries, supermarkets, bodegas all get rated for health risks by the State of New York, yet it’s impossible to look up any violations online.

If it’s up to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, that will change.

The speaker has introduced a bill that would make it mandatory for the Department of Agriculture and Markets to publish inspection data online for the most recent three years. The department inspections cover all retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers handling food, including grocery stores, warehouses, manufacturers and processors.”

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